Everything you need to know about installing wood floors!

The Process of Wood Floor Installation

Step 1:

  • Remove all furnishings from the room(s).
  • Paintings and decorative items should be removed from the walls to avoid accidentally knocking them down during the process of moving wood and flooring equipment in and out of the room.
  • Contact the gas company or city to disconnect gas or water lines from appliances (stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators). This will minimize potential risks to you, your family, and your wood flooring professional. Contact them to reconnect appliances when the work is completed.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are refinishing existing wood floors, be sure to clean your floors thoroughly (sweep or clean with a recommended wood floor cleaner) and remove any debris from the room(s). You want to be sure that your contractor does not waste time, and charge you more, for cleaning and performing routine maintenance that you can do yourself.

Step 2:

  • If you are installing new floors, the wood will be delivered to your home. For a high-quality installation, the wood needs to acclimate. Acclimation is an important, absolutely critical step in the installation process. The time required for this step will vary from two days to two weeks based on the wood species, the home’s living conditions, temperature and humidity. In an occupied home, the wood will need several days to acclimate to the home’s normal living conditions. In an unoccupied home, or a home under construction, acclimation may take a few days longer as heating/cooling systems are turned on to bring the home to normal living conditions. In new construction, all windows and doors must be in place, and all other trades such as painting, grouting, etc., must be completed before wood floors can be installed.
  • Be sure you understand up front each aspect of the installation process, from how long it will take, to which direction the flooring will be installed, to how the boards may vary in appearance. Keep in mind that wood is a natural product, produced in a factory called a forest, and no two floor boards will be identical. Variations in appearance are completely normal, and will add to the beauty and charm or real wood floors.

Step 3:

  • If your floors are being sanded, finished or refinished on site, you need to be prepared for some noise and disruption. There may be some dust to deal with, but Anton’s Floorcovering LLC takes all precautions to reduces and limit the amount produced during this process. Keep in mind, however, that even with a dust containment system, you should cover any items that you want to keep dust-free. Of course, newly installed factory finished floors will not need sanding, but the installation process will create some dust and debris.
  • When your floors are ready to have finish applied, be sure you know what type of finish is being used, and that you like the finish sheen. Anton’s Floorcovering LLC can provide samples of the different finishes to help aid in you decision.
  • No matter what the type or sheen, however, things will move very quickly one the finishing process begins. Because this is a critical phase, when the finish is being applied to your floors, you will have no access to the room until the finish has completely dried and has had time to cure.
  • The time required will vary, Anton’s Floorcovering LLC will inform you of the exact time on site!