Guidelines in Hardwood Installation
Hardwood flooring lends your home or office an elegant ambiance and timeless beauty. To top the beauty quotient, this type of flooring is very durable, hence the long years of guarantee that you get in hardwood installation.
There are two ways to go about in hardwood installation, to do it yourself or to have it done professionally. If you are not quite handy with the tool box, then your best and only option is to have it done professionally. There are many things to consider in hardwood installation and if you are in doubt, you better use professional services. You might also find it a good idea to seek professional hardwood installation if you have no sub flooring in your home or if your foundation may need to be built up in order to have even floors. If you do not have the proper foundation, your entire floor could sag. If you live in an older home that might not have perfectly even or even straight floors you should definitely consider the merit of a professional installation.
Hardwood flooring is subject to expansion and contraction according to the humidity of the area. Therefore, it is necessary that it is acclimatized to the climate it will be used in for some time. It is advisable you to do this at least 48 hours before the installation process begin. It is also necessary to leave at least 1/4 inch expansion space when the wood is being cut to the wall. In case of a first time hardwood installation, the use of red rosin paper as an underlayment for the hardwood is not recommended by us.
If you do decide to let professionals do the hardwood installation, make sure that they give you a whole package which will include transition ideas, decoration, after care tips and other things that you should know about your hardwood installation and maintenance. You should also ensure that your home will be delivered to you in the stipulated time as promised. Make sure that the firm you are hiring to do your installation understand and care for your home and the things within. That is why, if there is any baseboard or molding or for that matter anything of your choice that needs to be removed before proceeding with the hardwood installation, you must ask the installers to be utmost careful and do so while taking care not to damage it. The installers should also reinstall whatever has been undone during the process of installation in your home.