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What to Expect During a Hardwood Floor Installation

April 15, 2021

If you’re considering having hardwood flooring installed in your home or space, you might be wondering what the process looks like, and are curious about things like the duration, noise levels, crew, and logistics. It can be a lot to think about, so we’re going to break it down for you in this post. Here’s what you should expect during a hardwood floor installation. 

Before Installation

First, let’s go over preparation. You’ll want to be sure to remove all furnishings, drapes or curtains, wall decor, and any other personal belongings from the room(s). Leaving anything behind will only cause a delay and your installation crew won’t be too thrilled. Remember, removal of items is your responsibility unless otherwise noted by your flooring partner.

Covering furniture in nearby rooms with plastic is an easy way to keep any dust or debris from traveling onto the items. This is an extra step but should be considered if you want to keep all furniture clean during the installation. 

During Installation

Your newly installed hardwood floors will be well worth it and should take anywhere from one to four days to complete, but don’t expect this to be a quiet job. You should expect some noise and disruption, and if working or attending school from home, think about finding somewhere else to work that day. 

Another important consideration is whether you would like your hardwoods to have a finish. If the answer is yes, you’ll need to keep everyone (including pets) off of the floors until they are properly dried. Check with your contractor about the amount of time it will take for your particular finish to dry. 

After Installation 

Now that your brand new hardwood floors are ready to be used, there are certainly some extra steps you can take to preserve them. You’re probably excited to get your furniture back in the rooms and see the finished product. But don’t forget the felt furniture pads! These small pads stick to the bottom of your furniture and ensure that they won’t scratch or dent your new flooring (and they slide easily to help with rearranging, too!) We also recommend placing rugs at entrances and heavy-traffic areas of the home to prevent wear.
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