Getting new flooring can significantly change the look of a room, as well as increase the value of your home. This can be a major undertaking, so it’s important to understand what you’re getting into when you decide to hire a contractor for this home improvement project. There are certain things you should know about what to expect before, during, and after the process.
Before the Floor Installation
In order to prepare for your floor installation, you should:
Acclimate the Wood
Before new hardwood flooring is able to be installed, it needs to be acclimated to your home’s temperature and humidity levels, which will prevent the wood from becoming damaged when it is installed and help it last longer. In order to do this, you will need to store the wood in an unused room for several days.
Clean the Current Floor
Depending on the type of flooring you choose, your contractor may install the new product over the existing floor. As a result, in order to ensure the new floor does not contain old dust, mold, mildew, and allergens, you should thoroughly clean the current floor before the installation begins.
Remove Items From the Room
Although your contractor can rearrange and cover up your furniture, electronics, or appliances during the installation, it’s best to remove them from the room beforehand, as well as any items that are breakable, to ensure nothing gets damaged. This can also save you time and money on installation day.
Your contractor can remove the doors before installation, but you may want to do this yourself in order to store them somewhere safe. You can easily remove all doors while still keeping the hinges in place.
During the Floor Installation
You should think about the following things to do during your flooring installation:
Offer Space for Waste
A floor installation can generate a great deal of waste, so in order to keep the project as organized as possible, it’s a good idea to create a space where your contractors can prepare the flooring and dispose of waste materials. Have garbage bins available to make waste disposal easier.
When your contractor arrives, be sure to keep your pets in a safe place so they do not become afraid because of the noise caused by the installation, or harmed from particles flying in the air.
Prepare for the Noise
Just as you should secure your pets during the installation, you should also prepare your family for the noise and mess that the project will cause. Try to arrange your day so that you and your family are outside or in a part of your home that is far from the installation to minimize disruptions.
After the Floor Installation
Some things you should think about doing when your installation is complete include:
Keep the Room Vacant
In order to allow adhesives on the new floor to dry, your contractor may ask that you keep the room empty for a short period of time after the installation. This can help prevent the floor from being dislodged.
Protect Floors From Scratches
When it’s time to put items back into the room after the installation, it’s a good idea to place rubber or felt pads at the bottom of furniture in order to prevent dents and scratches on the new floor. The more you can prevent furniture pieces from having direct contact with the floor, the better.
Beware of Discoloration From Rugs
Although throw rugs can help prevent scratches on your new flooring, you may want to avoid rugs with rubber backs because they may cause discoloration of the floor. Talk to your contractor to find out if these rugs will alter the color of the specific type of flooring you chose.