3 Things To Expect With Hardwood Flooring Installation

Hardwood flooring is beautiful, but it is challenging to have installed. Even though you'll probably hire a professional to do the job, you'll still be inconvenienced for several days depending on how many of your rooms get new wood floors. Preparing yourself ahead of time is a good idea so you know exactly what to expect. Here are things to know.

1. Wood Flooring Needs To Acclimate First

Nothing about hardwood flooring installation goes fast. Even after you've decided on the type of flooring you want and it's been delivered to your home, your flooring contractor will probably want to let the flooring acclimate to the humidity level in your home. This may take a few days or longer.

Each situation is different taking into account how dry the wood is when it's delivered, your climate, and the conditions inside your house. Letting the boards get used to the humidity level in your home is important so there won't be warping or gaps once the flooring is installed.

2. You May Want To Rent A Mobile Storage Container

You'll need to empty the rooms that will get new flooring. Rather than constantly move everything around, you may want to put your furniture in a mobile storage container on your driveway until the flooring is finished and had time to cure so it is safe to walk on. This could be several days.

You might even want to stay in a hotel so you don't have to put up with noise, dust, and fumes during the process. If the contractor is finishing the wood planks once they're installed, you might need to leave your home during that time due to strong fumes. If the contractor installs prefinished planks, you might stay in your home if you can stay out of the way and if you're not bothered by the disturbance.

3. The Subfloor May Need Repairs First

Hardwood flooring usually isn't floated over old flooring. Instead, the old floor has to be taken up and hauled away. The flooring contractor won't know the condition of the subfloor until the old floor is removed. It's possible part of the subfloor may need to be repaired if it is rotted or uneven. That could add to the time needed to complete the hardwood flooring installation.

The flooring contractor should prepare you for any unexpected problems and delays. As long as you know what to expect, you can be patient and wait for the work to complete. The wait and disturbance will be worth it once you see your new flooring and how it gives your home warmth and classic beauty. 

For more information about hardwood flooring installation, contact a local company.