Now that you know why a hardwood floor is a great option and you have worked out how you are going to pay for the new floor, what is left is having it installed. Installing a hardwood floor is not difficult, but if you do it wrong then you can wait for mishaps. Not unless you are satisfied with your DIY skills, then you don’t want to be installing a hardwood flooring yourself.
Regardless of the fact that you know a great handyman with exceptional standards, you should still take your time. A professional hardwood flooring contractor should understand the potential pitfalls of a hardwood floor installation and how to avoid them. Here is how you can identify a good hardwood installer.
You need to understand the fact that the written quote that your hardwood installer gives you is a legally binding document. Almost all professional hardwood flooring companies will ask you to sign the document before they can begin working. Check to ensure that the document includes all the information incuded in the installation cost as well as information about the hardwood flooring and the preparation. This the document outlines the types of service that they will be doing for you and the amount of money that you will pay for this service.
A hardwood floor expands and contracts along with the moisture content of its immediate environment. Swells during the humid summers and contracts during the dry winters. It is crucial that your contractor ensures that your hardwood is properly acclimatized to your home before nailing it down. It is important also that your installer takes the moisture content meter readings of the flooring and sub-flooring to make sure that they are not more than 4% apart.
Proper Preparation of the Subfloor: Before the hardwood is laid, it is important that the subfloor is well prepared by ensuring that it is clean, flat and dry. The installer should remove any debris from the subfloor that could interfere with the installation. It is important that the contractors check to ensure that the subfloor is not hiding much more moisture than the hardwood flooring.
If your hardwood installation team turns up and starts laying your hardwood floor, and they are already nailing planks down within a few minutes after their arrival then you might have a cause for concern. A professional installation contractor takes time to plot the layout of each room carefully to avoid problems later on. Not all rooms are perfectly square, not all planks will look the same and there are some areas that need to be thought through like the top of stairs, in between doorways and around the fireplace. If all these factors are taking into account and calculations made early, and the layout plan was done before the start of the job, stress can be avoided.