Hardwood Flooring installation
It’s important to keep installation top of mind, no matter what stage you are in your floor buying journey. Knowing what to consider before, during and after will simplify your buying decision and ensure your hardwood is installed correctly for maximum beauty, performance and durability.
Know your installation options.
With Hardwood, the type of installation method will depend on what product you choose. See the “Installation” section on the product page for details. Solid hardwood requires staple, nails or glue. Many engineered wood products can be floated or installed with staples or glue.
Consider hardwood floor installation challenges.
Are you planning to install in a basement or over concrete slab or radiant heat? Choose an engineered hardwood product instead of solid. Neither type of hardwood should really be installed in a bathroom or laundry room because of the increased chance of water damage
Create an accurate budget.
Don’t forget to account for things like removal and disposal of your old floor, subfloor repairs, additional materials, baseboard or shoe molding and transition strips to go in between the rooms that are not getting new floorin) even the cost of moving furniture when budgeting for flooring project.
Bring in a Professional.
Even for experienced DIY enthusiasts, installing hardwood floors with staples, nails or glue can be challenging. We highly recommend hiring an experienced installer.
Our flooring contractors are exclusively trained to install your products, so you can rest assured that your new floor will not only look great, but will be installed correctly buy a professional flooring installer
Prepare the room.
Clear out furniture. Remove and dispose of old flooring if necessary. Gently remove any wall base, millwork or trim that you’d like to reuse.
Prepare the subfloor.
Be sure the floor you’re laying over is dry, clean and flat. If repairs are needed, make those before starting the installation.
Gather additional materials.
Your list could include trim and moldings, underlayment, adhesives, nails, staples, and other materials needed to complete your flooring install.
Acclimate flooring according to instructions.
This crucial step gives the hardwood time to adjust to the environment of the room where it will be installed. We recommend acclimating all solid hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, and bamboo flooring but it isn’t necessary for luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP)