Now that you know why a hardwood floor is a great option and you have worked out how you are going to pay for the new floor, what is left is having it installed. Installing a hardwood floor is not difficult, but if you do it wrong then you can wait for mishaps. Unless you are so confident with your DIY skills you might not want to be installing solid hardwood flooring yourself.
Regardless of the fact that you know a great handyman with exceptional standards, you should still take your time. A professional hardwood flooring contractor should know the potential pitfalls of lousy floor installation and how they can avoid them. Here are ways of knowing a good hardwood installer.
You need to understand the fact that the written quote that your hardwood installer gives you is a legally binding document. Actually, almost all professional hardwood flooring contractors will require you to sign the quote before they can begin working. Check to ensure that the document includes all the information incuded in the installation cost as well as information about the hardwood flooring and the preparation. It sill outline the details of they will be doing for you as well as how much you will be paying for the installation services.
A solid hardwood contracts and expands depending on the moisture content of its immediate environment. It expands during the humid summer months and contracts during the dry winters. It is, therefore, important that your contractor ensures that the hardwood is properly acclimatized to this new environment before being installed. The the contractor should also check to ensure that the moisture content of the flooring and sub-flooring is not more than 4%.
Proper Preparation of the Subfloor: Before the hardwood is laid, it is important that the subfloor is well prepared by ensuring that it is clean, flat and dry. It is essential that the installer gets rid of any job site debris that could interrupt the installation of the hardwood. The contractor should make sure that the subfloor is not concealing much more moisture than hardwood flooring.
If your hardwood installation team turns up and starts laying your hardwood floor, and they are already nailing planks down within a few minutes after their arrival then you might have a cause for concern. A professional installation contractor takes time to plot the layout of each room carefully to avoid problems later on. You must know that not all rooms will be a perfect square, and there are some tricky areas that need time to be planned like the top of stairs, in between doorways or around the fire place. If all these factors are taking into account and calculations made early, and the layout plan was done before the start of the job, stress can be avoided.