No Surprises: How to Prepare for Hardwood Flooring Installation
So you’ve visited Color Interiors Floor Center & picked out your new hardwood floors. Now it’s time to prepare for installation day! In our experience, if you know what to do before, during & after installation, the entire process will be faster & more efficient.
To help eliminate any surprises, the flooring specialists here at Color Interiors have compiled this hardwood installation guide. Forget the stress and get excited for your new floors!
What to do Before Your Hardwood Floors Are Installed
Furniture Removal is First.
Disclaimer: Your Color Interiors installation team will handle the removal of furniture from the workspace. That said, if you have an idea of where to store certain smaller items, décor, and valuables, you may choose to relocate those yourself before our crew arrives. You can also plan with us in advance if you have concerns about specific objects. Very large pieces, such as pianos and grandfather clocks, may require special consideration, so it’s best to inform us about these items ahead of time. You’ll also need to empty any drawers, china cabinets, or closets, and remove hanging items such as picture frames and clocks from your walls. Your lead installer or sales associate may also instruct you to set your heat or air conditioning to specific settings ahead of time.
Next, Take a Look at Your Old Floors.
We’ll need to consider how your old floor covering will be removed & disposed of. This can be the most time-consuming & costly part of the process, and we’ll consult with you in advance about the type of flooring involved.
Doors Require Special Consideration.
When new hardwood floors are installed, there’s a chance that your existing closet, basement & basement doors may not clear the height of the new surface. We may need to remove your doors & rehang them after installation, and we’ll advise you as to whether we recommend shaving or cutting them down afterward. Sometimes shaving doors is the best way to prevent damage to your floors, but we’ll never do so without your permission. In some cases, we may refer you to an outside carpenter.
Arrange Clean-up Procedures.
By default, we’ll collect any waste from your hardwood installation and leave it at your trash collection site. If there are any special considerations regarding waste disposal at your place of residence, we’ll make sure that appropriate arrangements are made in advance. If you’d like to know more about waste disposal or hardwood remnants, please ask your designer, lead installer or sales associate.
What to be Ready for On Installation Day
Be Prepared to Stay at Home.
An adult member of your household should be available to greet your installation team, and someone should be available in case the crew has questions or concerns. Your presence will ensure that the correct hardwood is installed in the proper areas. We’ll give you an approximate time of arrival so you know when we’re coming.
Put Your Safety First.
Our installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please make sure that your children & pets are kept out of the work area on installation day.
The Walk-Through is Key.
We recommend that, prior to the completion of the installation, you walk through the job with the lead installer. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and be clear on the final details before we leave.
What to do After Hardwood Floors Are Installed
Give Your Lungs a Break.
Dust & odors may linger for up to 72 hours after your installation. If possible, run fans & open windows to help ventilate your space, especially if you or any members of your family are sensitive airborne irritants.
The Bottom Line.
At Color Interiors, we want your new flooring to be enjoyable right from the start. With a bit of planning and preparation, your life will be a lot easier when it’s time to install your new hardwood floors! Just remember: our team is always here to answer questions & help ease any anxieties so things go smoothly.