World Floor Coverings
Hardwood Flooring Installation
New hardwood floors are a great investment in the look and value of your home. At World Floorcoverings, we offer a variety of installation options for various budgets and lifestyles. The best way to ensure your new flooring looks the way you want and wears as you expect it to is to have it professionally installed. An experienced installer understands the differences between various types of hardwood and has the specialized skills needed for a successful installation. If you plan to install your own hardwood flooring, you should always check the manufacturer’s approved installation guidelines and warranties before starting your project. A professionally installed hardwood floor will more likely be covered by the Shaw warranty if the need should arise.
The best method for installation may vary depending on the width, thickness and construction of the flooring you’ve chosen and where the floor is installed. Methods for fastening solid hardwood flooring include stapling, nailing, or gluing to a subfloor layer. Because it tends to react to changes in temperature and humidity, solid wood is not recommended for use below the grade line of your property. Engineered hardwood is a better choice because it can be installed almost anywhere. It has no issues with seasonal changes in climate, which makes it a great choice for use in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.
Getting Ready for Your Hardwood Installation
To ensure a successful hardwood flooring installation some preparation is required. A specialist from World Floorcoverings will give you a full briefing before the job is done, but here are some steps you can expect to happen during the process.
- To make a suitable installation surface for your new hardwood, your existing flooring may need to be removed. This process will be different for different types of existing flooring, extra care may be required if your previous flooring is glued down or set in tile adhesive. It’s important to provide a smooth, level surface. Our professional flooring specialists can be a huge help with this process, with the necessary tools and knowledge to judge when the flooring surface is ready. Our pros will also assist with the disposal of your old flooring.
- All the furniture will have to be removed from the rooms where your new hardwood is to be installed. This is where our professional help can really come in handy, especially for large or heavy items. A professional moving team can empty a room or empty a whole house quickly. This will minimize the amount of time you have to live without your furniture to as little as a single day at each end of the job. You should also take down photos or other wall hangings which can be damaged accidentally during the installation of your hardwood flooring.
During & After Your Hardwood Installation
- An adult member of your household (age 18 or older) should greet your installer and show them to the work area.
- Be sure to get a walkthrough of the job from the lead installer for a clear idea of the work involved & to ask them any questions you have about the job.
- To ensure everyone’s safety and to help the job go smoothly, keep children and pets away from the work area for the duration of the job.
- Don't walk on your new floors for the required amount of time after the job is done. The stain & varnish used on the surface will need time to cure properly. The lead installer will be able to advise you on how long this will take.
- If the smell of varnish or stain bothers you, open windows for ventilation or stay out of the house until the air has had time to clear.