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Installing Wood Floors: What To Expect
Once you have decided to install or refinish a wood floor, you may wonder what to expect. Knowing what to expect will help ensure a high quality job.
If new floors are being installed or your existing flooring is being sanded and refinished or taken up and removed, please be prepared for some noise and disruption. Dust containment systems can minimize debris, but no system is 100% effective. You may need to cover any items that you want to keep dust-free.
Keep in mind that no two floor boards will be identical. As your floor ages, some color change can occur. This is normal, but can be minimized by limiting exposure to direct sunlight, and periodically moving furniture and rugs. Cracks are normal as well, and will grow and shrink during seasons of high and low humidity. Generally, anything less than the width of a dime is considered normal and will correct itself as the seasons change. Flooring inspectors recommend inspecting the floor from a standing position in normal lighting to identify irregularities.
A Closer Look at Humidity Control
A homeowner who chooses beautiful hardwood flooring is making an investment for years to come. The best way to protect that investment is by keeping humidity and temperature within “normal living conditions,” (60-80 degrees and 30-50%). Humidity control is the homeowner’s responsibility. Good humidity control will minimize, but not eliminate, the small cracks and gaps nearly every wood floor experiences. If cracks are a concern, LVT flooring moves less and shows fewer gaps.
With today’s advances in wood flooring finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier. Here are some steps you can take to minimize maintenance and maintain the beauty of your wood floors.
Sweep your floors or use a dust mop daily, but do not use household cleaners as this may cause floors to become slick or dull the finish.
Vacuum your floors regularly, but do not use the beater bar as that could damage your finish.
Clean your floor’s with products specifically designed for wood floors and wipe up spills as quickly as possible.
Never damp-mop a wood floor. Water and wood do not mix.
Try to avoid water from planters, pet bowls, outdoor traffic, etc.
Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floor. This will prevent scratching.
When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring.
The use of a small humidifier may be necessary in some rooms like a half bath for example. These rooms may have a micro climate different than the rest of your home. This is not uncommon even with a fully functional whole home humidity control system.
Site Conditions for A Successful Installation
The building is enclosed and weather tight.
All wet trades (drywall, tile, paint, plaster) have completed their work.
Heat/Air conditioning systems operating 3-5 days prior to delivery of wood.
We are not responsible for any problems that may arise due to pre-existing structural conditions or deficiencies. Including but not limited to: asbestos, mold, plumbing, wiring, or any building code violations that may exist.
Though we try as best to identify subfloor issues ahead of time, some subfloor issues can only be detected after the start of the take-up during the early installation process. If there are any issues with your subfloor, especially those which involve moisture or structural issues that impede our installation, they will need to be dealt with by a licensed contractor and before the installation can continue. We can often address minor subfloor issues, but there will be an additional cost incurred determined by time and material.
Total home renovations or new home builds generally do not require trim as the contractor will install new baseboards after the floors are in place. In most regular installations, we will include either primed white shoe molding or quarter round in the price of the installation. At the customer’s request, we will supply the quarter round ahead of time if the customer wishes to paint it prior to installation.
In kitchen installations when we are trimming existing cabinets, we install natural (unstained) quarter round which will need to be stained by the customer to match their cabinetry. We will stain the quarter round ahead of time provided the customer chooses the appropriate stain color and has it available prior to or at the start of installation. Some manufacturers offer moldings and trim that coordinate with the selected wood; if this is desired, we must factor this into the quote at the front end due to the extra expense and lead time. NOTE: These trims/moldings are often made in a separate factory and due to the variations inherent in natural wood (or differences in dye lots for wood-like products) there may some noticeable differences.