We all want a problem-free installation and, to help ensure it, here’s a checklist of things to do before the installer arrives.
- Make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring. If you wish, the installer will do it for a small fee, If not, you should make arrangements to have it removed.
- Who’s moving the furniture? Decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or if you want the installer to handle it for a small fee. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room.
- In general, your Hardwood, laminate and vinyl planks should run parallel to windows or, in narrow rooms, to the longest wall.
- Measure door clearances before you have your laminate installed. If the new floor is thicker than your existing floor, door bottoms may rub. Plan in advance to have someone shave or saw the correct amount off the bottom of each door so it does not drag. Our installers can cut doors for a small fee.
- Paint first. If you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any other remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your flooring is installed. Keep extra paint to touch up any post-installation nicks.
During Hard Surface Installation
To make your Hardwood, Laminate or Planks look good now and for a long time to come, proper installation is critical. Here’s the procedure an experienced installation professional will follow:
- Current flooring: Some floors can be installed directly over some existing floors, but others will have to be removed first. Our professional installer will know the proper procedure.
- Moisture testing: Our installer will check for moisture in the subfloor to prevent later problems with buckling or cupping.
- Installation: Using the appropriate tools, our installer will cut and install your Hardwood, Laminate or Planks , maintaining a gap around the floor’s perimeter to allow for expansion.
- Room shape: Our installer will know how to handle any challenges caused by room irregularities and odd or tight spaces, like cabinetry or a kitchen island.
- Subfloor: In some instances you might have to install a proper subfloor before installing your new floor specially for sheet vinyl.
- Trim: In some instances you might have to install quarter round molding. We do offer this service for an additional fee. Our installer will advise you.
During Carpet Installation
- Current flooring: Some carpets can be installed directly over some existing floors, but the majority of times the old floor will have to be removed including any padding.
- Installation: Rooms must be empty including the closet floors. Doors might have to be shaved or cut to accommodate the height of the new floor.
It’s a good idea to check with us directly to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation.