Now that you know why a hardwood floor is a great option 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.
Even if you know an excellent handyman with high rates, you still need to take your time before hiring them. A professional hardwood flooring contractor should understand the potential pitfalls of a hardwood floor installation and how to avoid them. Here is how you can identify a good hardwood installer.
Provide a Thorough and Detailed Price Quote in Writing: A written quote that you get from your hardwood floor installer is a legal and binding document. Almost all professional hardwood flooring companies will ask you to sign the document before they can begin working. It should contain all the details it included in the installation cost, and al information about the hardwood flooring and all 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.
A solid hardwood contracts and expands depending on the moisture content of its immediate environment. It expands during the humid summer months and contracts during the dry winters. Thus, your contractors should check to ensure that the hardwood properly adjusts to it new surrounding; your home. 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.
Proper Preparation of the Subfloor: Before the hardwood is laid, it is important that the subfloor is well prepared by ensuring that it is clean, flat and dry. The installer should remove any debris from the subfloor that could interfere with the installation. The the installer should check to ensure that the subfloor is not holding more moisture than the 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. You must know that not all rooms will be a perfect square, and there are some tricky areas that need time to be planned like the top of stairs, in between doorways or around the fire place. Taking these factors into consideration and making calculations early and planning the layout before the job commences will avoid headaches later on.