Having known the benefits of installing hardwood floor and identified ways in which you are going to pay for the new floor, what you are left with is having it mounted. Laying down a hardwood floor is not rocket science, but if not done right, then bad things can happen. If you are not confident about your DIY skills, it is best that you don’t try installing hardwood flooring yourself.
Even if you know a handyman with great rates, you still need to think twice. 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.
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. Actually, almost all professional hardwood flooring contractors will require you to sign the quote 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. It sill outline the details of they will be doing for you as well as how much you will be paying for the installation services.
A hardwood floor expands and contracts along with the moisture content of its immediate environment. Swells during the humid summers and contracts during the dry winters. Thus, your contractors should check to ensure that the hardwood properly adjusts to it new surrounding; your home. It is important also that your installer takes the moisture content meter readings of the flooring and sub-flooring to make sure that they are not more than 4% apart.
Prior laying the hardwood planks, the subfloor needs to be thoroughly prepared and this means that it needs to be clean, flat and dry. It is essential that the installer gets rid of any job site debris that could interrupt the installation of the hardwood. The the installer should check to ensure that the subfloor is not holding more moisture than the hardwood flooring.
Layout Preparation: If the hardwood installation team turns up and starts laying your hardwood floors and they are already nailing planks down within ten minutes of getting to your home then this might be a cause for concern. A professional installation contractor takes time to plot the layout of each room carefully to avoid problems later on. 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. By taking these factors into consideration, making early calculations and planning the layout will avoid headaches later on.