Whether you’re installing a hardwood floor yourself or hiring a professional contractor, you should know the preparation requirements necessary for the type of hardwood that you’ve chosen.
Sub floor preparation is extremely important before installing any type of hardwood. For example, if you are installing a solid wood such as cherry, the best installation method is nailed or stapled. A concrete sub floor would be unsuitable for solid wood flooring.
Carpet and vinyl are also inappropriate surfaces to install any type of wood flooring on, whether solid or engineered. Unsuitable flooring must be removed before hardwoods are installed or serious problems might result.
Hardwoods should be stored in appropriate climactic conditions while awaiting installation. The area should be clean and dry and the temperature should be controlled specifically for the storage of hardwoods.
If your hardwood flooring will be installed above radiant heating, remember to turn on the heating before you install the floor. This will ensure that there is no moisture left on the slab that could enter and damage the hardwood.
Since hardwoods are prone to expand and contract with varying temperatures, be sure that the wood you choose meets the standards for installing over a radiant heating system.
Areas of your home such as basements or bathrooms might be inappropriate for hardwood flooring because of exposure to moisture. Kitchens, bedrooms and family areas are great for wood flooring because wood fares well in high traffic areas and will naturally enhance any décor.
If you have questions about the area where you intend to install a wood floor, consult a professional to be sure you’re making the right choice.
Where to Find Help
There are vast resources of helpful information, both online and off about installing a hardwood floor yourself or choosing a professional.
Associations such as NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association) and HMA (Hardwood Manufacturing Association) are excellent sources to obtain manuals and advice before you shop for hardwoods.
Purchasing and/or installing a beautiful hardwood floor requires educating yourself about all aspects of hardwoods from types and finishes of wood to installing and maintaining it afterward. For more information on purchasing hardwood flooring be sure check our hardwood flooring charlotte nc