Installing Hardwood Flooring
No matter where you are in the floor buying process, it is always important to keep installation in mind. You should know what to consider before, during, and after the purchase to simplify your purchase decision. Installing hardwood correctly ensures its beauty, durability, and performance is maximized.
What You Need to Know About Hardwood Installation
When it comes to hardwood, installation methods vary by product. Solid hardwood requires glue or nail down installation, whereas engineered hardwood can be floated, or also glued or nailed down. There are challenges that come with hardwood installation, such as a subfloor that contains too much moisture. Always have your subfloor moisture tested before installing hardwood in your home. Once you have purchased your hardwood floors, you need to let them sit and adjust to the temperature and humidity of your home. If you install them right out of the box you run the risk of them expanding or contracting which will cause the wood to warp.
During installation, be sure that all of the furniture is out of the room and you allow the installers plenty of room to move around. Depending on the size of the room you are having your floors installed in, as well as how many rooms, can impact how long the project will take.
Once installation is finished, and depending on which installation method you went with, allow the hardwood to settle overnight before placing furniture over them. When it comes to maintaining your hardwood floors, be sure to regularly care for them to ensure their life span as well as maintain their natural beauty.
To learn more about installation, check out our installation FAQ, or visit our Waldorf showroom and speak with one of our flooring professionals.
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