Preparing for a Hardwood Flooring Installation

So, you have made the decision to have new hardwood flooring installed in your home. But before the installation can begin, there are several preparatory steps taken to ensure your new flooring can be properly fixed down. As full-service flooring installation specialists, the experts at E_M Custom Flooring & Installations take care of this process for you. And today we are going to explain how it is that we accomplish this.

Preliminary Evaluation Process

Before we begin any flooring project, our installation experts conduct a comprehensive assessment of the area where the flooring is going to be installed. We take and note all necessary measurements, so we know the precise lengths of flooring we are going to need for the job. We also take note of any furniture and other miscellaneous items within the installation space so that we can provide you with details on what you may need to have moved or covered during the process.

Preparing for hardwood flooring installation

Cleaning the Flooring Installation Space

Having a clean subfloor is a key component of hardwood flooring installation prep. In order to achieve this, we meticulously sweep the subfloor, getting rid of any dust and debris. After this, we may vacuum to make sure the subfloor is completely spotless. Depending on if your hardwood flooring is going to be glued down, nailed down, or a combination of the two, we may also sand the subfloor to remove any existing adhesives and residue. All of these steps help provide for a smooth surface for the flooring installation.

Acclimating Your New Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring takes time to acclimate to its new environment, so we deliver your new hardwood flooring before the installation, providing it with the necessary time it takes to adapt to your home’s unique environment. Depending on the type of hardwood flooring and other factors, the acclimation time usually ranges from three to ten days.

Other Hardwood Flooring Acclimation Factors

  • Temperature (hardwood flooring best acclimates in temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Humidity
  • Moisture Content

If you would like to learn more about this, we dive into more detail in our previous article, The Importance of Wood Acclimation Before Installation.

Laying the Foundation for a Perfect Flooring Installation

Taking the necessary steps to prepare for your new hardwood flooring lays the foundation for a successful installation. And with more than 75 years of experience, the flooring installation experts at E_M Custom Flooring & Installations have successfully prepped for and installed hardwood flooring in homes throughout Long Island and the greater New York area. Contact us today so we can help you prepare for your next flooring project.

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