Before Hardwood Installation
Start by removing all furniture and furnishings from the rooms receiving new hardwood- and don’t forget the closets! Remove all framed pieces from the walls, and we recommend completing any new painting for the walls before hardwood installation. Hardwood requires a completely level subfloor and cannot be installed over existing flooring. Before hardwood installation, ensure that the old floors have been removed and disposed of, and that any subfloor prep or repair has been completed. Bring the new hardwood planks into the room and let them acclimate for at least 72 hours before installation.
DURING Hardwood INSTALLATION
When your installers are laying down the new hardwood, you need to plan to be home to answer questions and help navigate any issues that can arise. You also need to keep kids and pets away from the rooms receiving new hardwood to ensure safety. Designate an area for your crew to keep hardwood installation tools that include saws, hammers, nail guns, staplers, crowbars, and more. Since genuine wood planks are expensive to purchase and mistakes can be costly, we recommend hiring professional installers to ensure that your new hardwood floors are installed correctly.
AFTER Hardwood INSTALLATION
Once the new hardwood is installed successfully, we recommend waiting at least 24-48 hours for your floors to harden and cure before they can receive light foot traffic without footwear and activity from pets. Now is the time to ask your installers any questions you may have, and check that your doors still have full range of motion with the new flooring height. Wait at least 48 hours before bringing in furniture on the new hardwood and always lift heavy pieces instead of pushing them across the surface. We recommend waiting at least a week before adding area rugs to your new wood floors to allow oxygen and airflow for the curing process.
After your successful hardwood installation, now it’s time to develop the hardwood care routine that will help you keep your new rooms looking spectacular. From regular sweeping to spill and stain treatment, it’s all about taking the proper steps with your new surfaces. Our hardwood experts have all the best practices to follow: