Contractor Advice: Walk Through Installation

Contractor Installation

Once you have ordered your floors, either by choosing a local favorite or adapting your floors to your home life, the next looming question is installation.  There are two ways to go about installation: do it yourself or hire a contractor.  Before you start weighing the Pros and Cons, it's important to take some precuations before installation begins.

Installation Prep

The follow questions are the ones you should ask yourself before installing a floor in your home.  We have taken the liberty of asking these same questions to our highly rated contractors to show you what to look for before an installation begins.  

       1. How long do I have to have flooring in my house before I install it?

- Hardwood flooring should be placed inside the portion of the home where it is to be installed for a minimum of 48 hours.

- Guidelines and Time of Year may vary but normally let wood sit between 48-72hours.

- Wood needs to achieve no more than a 2% difference in moisture between the subfloor and the hardwood flooring prior to installation.

- Use a moisture meter for the most precise way to determine when flooring is ready to install.

      2. If I have concrete floors, can I still install hardwood?

- Engineered hardwood can be installed over concrete

- Solid Hardwood can be glue onto concrete, but we don’t recommend it.  Too much moisture gets into the wood causing extreme gapping and shrinkage over time.

- Most flooring installers prefer engineered unfinished and prefinished flooring. It can be directly glued to concrete and lasts a long time.

       3. What questions should I ask in choosing my flooring contractor?

- Use a professional, that will get you a great looking floor you want instead of doing it yourself.

- Give precise questions to ensure the flooring installer has extensive experience with exactly the same type of installation

- Determine what dates and times the installation crew will be working.

- Get an estimate of how long will the job take

- Have the flooring installer provide proof of insurance and any business licenses required

- Have the flooring installer demonstrate how to use a moisture meter.

- Have the flooring installer assess the existing subfloor and agree that it is adequate prior to signing any contract.

- Ask for and check references.


Please let us know if this post was helpful for you and made the installation process easier.  Here at Quality Floors Direct, we want you have have the look and feel you want in your home, and that starts right at the point our floors reach your doors.