Excited about getting your new hardwood floors installed? You should be! Hardwood flooring can completely transform the look and feel of your space while added resale value in the process. Before your flooring installers arrive, however, there are a few things you should consider doing to make their jobs easier and ensure the best results.
Clean and Dust
Dust can be a serious issue when it comes to finishing hardwood floors, which is typically done after they're installed. If there's a lot of dust and debris in the air, this can settle on your new floors and affect any staining or sealing that may be done. This is why it's a good idea to take some time and dust/clean your home before the installers arrive. Ideally, you should do this the day before your scheduled installation. You don't necessarily have to clean your entire home from top to bottom, but thoroughly cleaning and dusting the space where the floors will be installed will help greatly with the finishing process.
Designate a Cutting Area
Your hardwood flooring installers will need to make a lot of cuts to ensure that each piece of hardwood flooring fits your space just right. This means they'll need a space to cut wood somewhere outside your home or in a garage. Consider designating a space before the installation appointment, making sure it has access to electricity and plenty of natural lighting. Ideally, this space will also be located close to an entry door to your home so your installers can work quickly and efficiently. If your installers will be working inside a garage or other indoor space, make sure they'll sweep up any sawdust before they complete the job.
Check Your Thermostat
Hardwood flooring needs to be installed in a temperature-controlled space with humidity levels ranging from about 35% to 55%; this is important because if it's too hot or humid, the wood can swell, which can affect the quality of your installation. If it's too cold and dry in your space, the wood may contract, and you'll have issues during the hotter months when the wood expands. Check with your installers to find out how you should set your thermostat before they arrive.
With the right preparation, you can ensure that your wood flooring installation goes as smoothly as possible. From there, you can enjoy your beautiful new hardwood floors for many years to come.
For more information, contact a hardwood floor installation service.