Dos and Don’ts
of Hardwood Flooring Installation
One of the most sought after and desired types of flooring is hardwood. It’s aesthetically pleasing and tough enough to last for centuries. It’s this kind of durability that makes it so enormously popular.
If you’re installing hardwood floors, there are a few critical do’s and don’ts to follow so that you have the best experience with your new flooring.
Hardwood Flooring Installation DOs
First, we’ll start off what the do’s. Here’s what you should do before and after your hardwood floors are installed.
- DO research the different types of hardwood and Janka ratings to find the best one to withstand all the foot traffic you expect.
- DO study the warranty and maintenance details of your flooring. Some chemicals and installation techniques might void the warranty and damage your hardwood.
- DO hire a professional if you’re an inexperienced installer or plan to purchase unfinished hardwood flooring.
- DO opt for a moisture barrier between your subfloor and hardwood.
- DO plan for color variations due to lighting and exposed or hidden sections.
- DO trim your pet’s nails regularly.
- DO clean up spills immediately.
- DO understand the harm moisture (even mopping) can cause your floors.
- DO put felt or cork pads underneath furniture to avoid any scratching or denting.
Hardwood Flooring Installation DON’Ts
Want to keep your hardwood floors looking great for years to come? Avoid the following:
- DON’T install your hardwood floors in rooms with excess moisture.
- DON’T install your hardwood below grade, such as in the basement.
- DON’T install hardwood in homes that are not climate controlled year round. The heat and winter extreme temperatures can be harmful.
- DON’T use wax-based or oil-based cleaners. They could dull your finish.
- DON’T use any type of abrasive material, such as steel wool, to clean your floors.
- DON’T mop your floors with water.
- DON’T walk on your floors with pointed heels, such as cleats or high heels.
- DON’T install your hardwood over radiant heat.
- DON’T leave any type of damp material on your hardwood floors.
Hardwood floors are popular because they look great and last. By following these do’s and don’ts, you can keep your floors looking great from installation until you’re ready for a change.