There’s no question that your floors see more use than any other surface in your home. Given this, the materials and installation quality of your floor unquestionably matter as well. There’s more to installing new flooring than just picking a material that suits your tastes though—just what else does it entail? Let’s take a look at what you can expect before, during, and after your new floor installation.
The first step in a flooring installation is to hire a contractor. When potential contractors visit to take measurements and provide a quote, it’s essential to ask questions such as how long the repairs will take, whether they have worked with your desired material and if they have any references or certifications relevant to the job.
Be realistic when accepting the estimated installation time. Consider any delays that might occur and remember that rooms that are to be floored will be completely off-limits until the project is finished. There may also be a period of waiting after the floor has been laid for the adhesive elements to dry.
Every article of furniture and all appliances must be moved out of the room and stored for the duration of the floor installation. If any appliances have been professionally installed, for example, a gas stove in the kitchen, they must be removed and reinstalled with the same level of expertise.
Some floor installers offer the service of moving furniture and appliances for you. This is indeed another good question to ask during your quote.
If your new floor is natural wood, it must also spend time in your home to acclimate before installation. This is an important process as the conditions in a warehouse are different to the temperatures and humidity levels in your home. During this resting time, the wood can adapt to its new environment and will, therefore, fit better and last longer.
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This part of the floor installation process is noisy, dusty, and disruptive. The installer has to cut the materials to fit the layout of the floor, and dust often does no stay in the construction area. Most contractors will have coverings to contain the dust, but they are not 100 percent effective.
If your contractor encounters a problem with the subfloor, the issue will have to be resolved before the floor installation can continue. This is often the case when carpets are being ripped out, and neither the installer or the homeowner has an idea of what subfloor is beneath, or it’s condition.
When the contractor has finished laying the materials on the floor, they may ask for the room to remain vacant for a short time for the adhesives to dry. This helps to avoid any slippage or displacement. It is also a good idea to find out when it is possible to start cleaning the floor again.
Once the drying process is complete, you will be able to start moving furniture and appliances back into the room. This should be done as lightly as possible to avoid scratches and stains. It is also a good idea to consider the application of rubber or felt pads to the sections of the furniture that come into contact with your newly resurfaced floor. Remember to ensure that all appliances have been refitted correctly so that they are working properly and not a danger.
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There will be instructions on the correct maintenance procedures for your new floor included with the materials’ warranty. Here is a brief list of the best ways to prolong the life and beauty of your new floor.
After reading this information, you may decide to have the floors redone in your home one at a time to minimize disruptions. Your new floors, once installed, will benefit from having doormats placed at every entrance point and regular TLC cleaning sessions. This will ensure their beauty and your investment last for a very long time.