Preparation is essential
Now that you have selected and purchased your hardwood flooring, it’s time to prepare for installation day. Knowing what to do before, during, and after installation will make the entire process faster and more efficient. Preparation will also help eliminate any surprises.
Our hardwood specialists at Wacky's Flooring & Lighting have compiled the following information to help you prepare for the big day. Knowing what to expect will mean less stress for you, your family, and your home.
Steps to prepare for installation
Remove all furniture and other objects from the work area. Before moving, you’ll also need to empty the contents of china cabinets, closets, and so on. Also, be aware that the area of installation must be climate-controlled (heated or air conditioned). Indoor humidity should be maintained at 45 to 65 percent.
Consider how your old flooring will be dealt with and disposed of. This can be a very time-consuming task, so we recommend contacting us regarding the cost and methods of disposal.
If you are removing your old flooring, make sure it's done at least one day prior to installation to allow for cleanup and preparation. If removing old carpet, please leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.
When hardwood is installed, there’s always the possibility that your doors will not clear the new hardwood flooring. Some installers will remove doors in order to install hardwood and then re-hang them if possible. You may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to provide this service after the installation of your new hardwood floor. Please check with us regarding our policy on this.
Installing new hardwood flooring will produce waste. Usually, these materials are collected by your installer, and they'll then be left at your trash collection site. Check with us before the day of installation so you’re clear about the cleanup. Also, be sure to ask us about dealing with hardwood remnants.
During the installation
You'll need to be present during the installation to answer any questions and to guide the installation crew. Because no job is the same regarding complexity and length, it is not always possible for the team to give you an exact arrival time; however, we will update you along the way.
Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please make sure that your children and pets are kept out of the work area on installation day.
After the installation
Once the installation is finished, do a complete walk-through with the installation crew. This allows you to see the finished result and ask any additional questions at this time.
If you are sensitive to dust and odors, it's a good idea to establish good ventilation for up to 72 hours after the job is complete.