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. Laying a hardwood floor is not a hard task but if you didn’t do it right then bad things can and do happen. Not unless you are satisfied with your DIY skills, then you don’t want to be installing a hardwood flooring yourself.
Even if you know a handyman with great rates, you still need to think twice. A reputable hardwood flooring installer needs to know the potential dangers of lousy floor installation and how they can be prevented. Here is how you can identify a good hardwood installer.
Provide a Thorough and Detailed Price Quote in Writing: A written quote that you get from your hardwood floor installer is a legal and binding document. In fact, almost all the professional hardwood flooring companies will require you to sign the document before they can commence the work. The document should include precisely what it included in the installation cost, as well as information about the hardwood flooring and al preparation. It offers not only the details of what they will be doing for you but also the amount that you will pay for the service.
A hardwood floor expands and contracts along with the moisture content of its immediate environment. It expands during the humid summer months and contracts during the dry winters. Thus, your contractors should check to ensure that the hardwood properly adjusts to it new surrounding; your home. The installer should also check the moisture content of the flooring and the sub-flooring taking care that they are not more than four percent apart.
Prior laying the hardwood planks, the subfloor needs to be thoroughly prepared and this means that it needs to be clean, flat and dry. It is essential that the installer gets rid of any job site debris that could interrupt the installation of the hardwood. The the installer should check to ensure that the subfloor is not holding 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. The the best installer will plan the layout of each room carefully in order to avoid problems down the road. Not all rooms will be a perfect square and not all planks are similar and there are some tricky areas that need to be thought through like the fire place, top of stairs, and in between doorways. Taking these factors into consideration and making calculations early and planning the layout before the job commences will avoid headaches later on.