Hardwood floors have become a popular flooring option these days. The reason for this is, it not only looks elegant when installed but it also doesn’t need much maintenance. If you are planning to remodel your floor or have chosen hardwood flooring for your new home, knowing what to expect will help. Read on to have a fair idea about hardwood floor installation. The first and foremost thing to do is to hire the right experts for the job.
Hiring an installer
When hiring a hardwood floor installer there are a few things to keep in mind.
Licensing and insurance: The foremost consideration to cross-check whether the installer you have shortlisted is licensed and insured.
Reference check: Once you are happy with all the other aspects of the installer, ask for references. You can understand their quality of work and also get first-hand information about their competency. You can also research online for customer reviews of the hardwood installer if they have an online business. Based on the feedback you get online you can decide to hire the individual/company.
Warranty on installations: After learning that the installer is licensed, next, enquire about the warranty that is provided for work. This is vital as floor installation involves spending a considerable amount of money.
Turnaround Time: Enquire about the turnaround time to finish the job. Specifically, check about the workers’ day off or if there will be days where work will not be done. That will help you to plan accordingly.
Discuss all options
Hardwood flooring comes in many choices and it is essential for you to know all the options so that you can make the right decisions. This is where you need professional wood floor installation services. Before the start of the installation, it is important to get a few flooring samples so that you can check if it goes with your home. Use those samples against the cabinets, other floors and see if it blends. Talk to the installer on your choices and ask suggestions so that both of you are on the same page. Do not hesitate to ask questions and suggestions on how to get the shades you want. Many hardwood showrooms apart from providing various choices also do a custom mix to give their customers the shade they desire. The installers can also add decorative borders, inlays, medallions, etc. on the floor for a custom floor design.
Prepping the room
Before the actual installation starts the room has to be prepared. As much as possible, remove all the furniture and furnishings so that nothing gets damaged during the installation. Some installers also ask wall-hangings and drapery to be removed so that it does not hamper with the work and also to prevent accidental damages.
Installing the hardwood floor
The most important part of the whole process is the installation part. As planks are put on the floor there will be noise and traffic as the crew will get busy installing. The wood planks are manufactured in such a way that it sits perfectly. After the planks are placed, to make it appear smooth it is sanded. During the sanding process, there can be dust all over the house unless there is a dustless sanding system that can contain the spread and leaves no mess.
To make the hardwood flooring look beautiful, it needs to be stained and refinished. Staining makes the floor look unique and fabulous. After staining, the floor is left to dry. Once dried, it needs multiple coats to ensure it gets the right finish. The hardwood floor is buffed and vacuumed to remove any dust in-between each coating. Choosing a quick-drying, safe, durable and environmental-friendly top-coat is recommended. Top-coats come in various shades ranging from low-luster to high-gloss finish or anything in-between. The quality of the topcoat decides how long the flooring looks good so always insist on the best.
Using the floor
After the finishing is done, the floor should not be used for 2 to 3 hours. After this period, people can walk on it with stockings. If you have pets it is recommended that they are not allowed for a couple of days as the topcoat can get chipped. The entire flooring takes about 7 to 10 days to get fully done. Furniture should be moved only after 10 days to ensure there are no damages to the flooring.
Hardwood flooring not only looks stunning but adds great value to your home provided it is installed properly. Hire a qualified professional to install the hardwood floors so that your floors look chic and elegant.
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