So you now know the benefits of installing a hardwood floor, 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.
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 know the potential pitfalls of lousy floor installation and how they can 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. Actually, almost all professional hardwood flooring contractors will require you to sign the quote before they can begin working. The document should include precisely what it included in the installation cost, as well as information about the hardwood flooring and al 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.
They Check for Moisture and Acclimatize Your Hardwood: A hardwood floor expands and contracts along with the moisture content of its immediate surroundings. The wood will expand during the humid summer months and shrink during the dry winters. It is, therefore, important that your contractor ensures that the hardwood is properly acclimatized to this new environment before being installed. 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.
Before laying down the hardwood planks, the subfloor must be well prepared by ensuring that it is clean, dry and flat. Make sure that your contractor removes any debris from the subfloor that could interfere with the installation process. The contractor should make sure that the subfloor is not concealing much more moisture than hardwood flooring.
If your hardwood team turns up and starts laying your hardwood floors, and they are already nailing the planks down within no time then you might be concerned. The the best installer will plan the layout of each room carefully in order to avoid problems down the road. 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. Taking these factors into consideration and making calculations early and planning the layout before the job commences will avoid headaches later on.