Hardwood Installation

Before Hardwood Installation

We highly recommend taking these key considerations before your new hardwood installation to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible for your household. Start by removing all furniture, electronics, and wall hangings from the rooms receiving new hardwood, and clear closets as well! Since hardwood requires a completely level subfloor and can’t be installed over existing flooring, the current floors will need to be removed entirely and disposed of. Once your subfloor is assessed and any imperfections are repaired, bring in the wood planks to acclimate for 2-3 days before your installation day.

What to expect

When your hardwood installation day is here, an adult needs to be home during the process to answer any questions that may arise for the crew. Underlayment will need to go down first on the subfloor before the planks are installed. Whether your hardwood installation is a nail-down or glue-down process, safety is key in your home! For an average-sized room, your new hardwood installation can take between 2-3 days from start to finish.

Designate an area in the home for the workers to keep dangerous installation tools and saw wood planks as needed. Keep children and pets away from the rooms receiving new hardwood, as well as the designated worker’s area. If the flooring height has changed when new hardwood is installed, the doors in the room will need to be removed and shaved down to ensure full range of motion.

Once your new hardwood is installed, your installation crew will specify how long you need to wait before walking into the room. When you are returning furniture and furnishings back into the room, always lift pieces or use proper rolling equipment, and use felt protectors under the legs of heavy pieces to reduce impact. Now is also the time to ask any hardwood flooring questions you may have, as well as learn any immediate care steps to take.