There are many types of hardwood flooring available ranging from: pre-finished, engineered, laminate, and vinyl plank. These types typically have what we would call tongue and groove edges on all sides. They are available in either 3/4-inch thick styles, or low-profile styles which are 3/8-inch thick — which are good for installing over existing flooring. Similarly, various products have different installation processes. For example, thinner styles can be glued to the sub flooring or floated, while solid hardwood and full thickness flooring is installed using cleat nails or crown staples through the tongue joint into the subfloor.
Once the desired product has been selected and ordered, the product will need to be delivered and remain in a controlled environment for 3 to 10 days (depending on the product). This is called the acclamation process.
After the product has had time to acclimate, the installation process can begin. When installing, the process can go much faster and smoother in a furniture-free room (though, we are still capable of installing the flooring with furniture remaining in the room). We then remove and dispose of your current floor covering, whether it’s carpet, tile, vinyl, or existing hardwood.
Once the existing floor covering is removed we prep and inspect the subfloor to ensure it is suitable for your product. When we are inspecting the subfloor, we are looking for things like eliminating any squeaks, inspecting the levelness of the subfloor, and checking for any rot or water damage on your plywood. If we find any of these while inspecting your subfloor, we will take necessary action to achieve an acceptable subfloor that is ready for installation to take place.
After we’ve inspected the subfloor and made any adjustments that were needed, we then sweep and vacuum any debris from the floor to ensure that it’s clean and ready for the new flooring. We then apply a continuous vapor barrier on top of the subfloor, as this will prevent moisture from entering your hardwood. If you’ve chosen a hardwood floor, you might want to consider the way that you envision the pattern looking in your rooms. We recommend installing hardwood flooring perpendicular to or across the floor joists for maximum stability and reinforcement. It’s also important to keep in mind that all wood floors expand and contract, so we leave a gap around the perimeter of the room. Laminates need a bigger gap than solid or engineered flooring for expansion and contraction.
Once the floor has been installed, we then install the proper molding and transitions. Once we’ve done that — we’re almost done. We will clean the new floors of any debris, as well as move your furniture back into their desired locations after applying felt to the bottoms of any furniture in order to prevent scratches.
Following the completion of every project, one of our professional installers will walk the customer through the work order to ensure they’re satisfied with what has been completed, and nothing has been left out.
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Artisans Hardwood stands behind every project we complete, and if at anytime you have any questions or concerns about your flooring, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately. We look forward to providing you with a quality floor you can stand on, for many years to come.