Your guide to hardwood floor installation

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Planning checklist

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2 months before: Measure and research
  • Pick the rooms where you need hardwood floor installation and measure their sizes.
  • Understand common hardwood floor problems, including seasonal gapping, cupping, checking, color variations, and dents.
  • Consult with a flooring contractor to determine the practical approach to installing your floor.
1 month before: Hire and make selections
  • Hire a contractor with a proven track record of successful installations.
  • Choose a type of wood and make sure it blends in. You can opt for solid or engineered wood depending on the location.
  • Pick a wood size. Create a pattern that flows evenly. You can opt for short, long, or uniform lengths.
  • Select a modern or rustic wood design depending on what suits your decor. Rustic options have vintage and antique looks.
3 weeks before: Discuss installation
  • Determine a convenient installation method. You can choose nail-down, glue-down or floating installation.
2 weeks before: Iron out the plan
  • Ensure your contractor has all necessary materials, like floor cleaner, nail set, chalk, moldings and construction adhesive.
  • Inspect alarm wires, pipes, and electrical to make sure they are properly installed and won't be affected by the installation.
1 week before: Prepare your rooms
  • Remove breakables, personal items and clothing from your room.
The day before
  • Disconnect electronics, gas lines and your water supply to make the installation as smooth as possible.

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