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Hardwood Installation Tips
What you need to know about installing your own hardwood flooring


Installing hardwood requires true expertise and specialized tools. If you have those, congrats. If you don’t, fear not: we have them in spades. Depending on the type of hardwood and the location of the installation, your floor may be a nailed, stapled, glued, or even “floating” installation. We will sort that out for you. A pre-installation walk-through with your installer will help ensure that you are prepared for the big day. Hardwood must be acclimated to the environment into which it is being installed for four or five days, so you’ll need space available in advance of the actual installation. The range for proper humidity is 45% to 65%. Your installer will help you sort this out during your pre-installation walk-through. Likewise, the matters of removal and disposal of old flooring, trim, sub-floor preparation, and door clearance can be addressed during the walk-through. On installation day, plan to be home. Have a plan for keeping children and pets well clear of the work areas. Expect noise. Have the room completely clear of furniture, according to your discussion with the installer ahead of time. Plan to provide ventilation for the new floor area, post-installation, to help clear related odors and dust.