HardWood Flooring- Signs of a Good Contractor
Having known the benefits of installing hardwood floor and identified ways in which you are going to pay for the new floor, what you are left with is having it mounted. Installing a hardwood floor is not difficult, but if you do it wrong then you can wait for mishaps. Not unless you are satisfied with your DIY skills, then you don’t want to be installing a hardwood flooring yourself.
Even if you know a handyman with great rates, you still need to think twice. A professional hardwood flooring contractor should understand the potential pitfalls of a hardwood floor installation and how to avoid them. Below are attributes of a right hardwood installation contractor.
You need to understand the fact that the written quote that your hardwood installer gives you is a legally binding document. In fact, almost all the professional hardwood flooring companies will require you to sign the document before they can commence the work. The document should include precisely what it included in the installation cost, as well as information about the hardwood flooring and al preparation. This the document outlines the types of service that they will be doing for you and the amount of money that you will pay for this service.
They Check for Moisture and Acclimatize Your Hardwood: A hardwood floor expands and contracts along with the moisture content of its immediate surroundings. Swells during the humid summers and contracts during the dry winters. It is, therefore, important that your contractor ensures that the hardwood is properly acclimatized to this new environment before being installed. The the contractor should also check to ensure that the moisture content of the flooring and sub-flooring is not more than 4%.
Proper Preparation of the Subfloor: Before the hardwood is laid, it is important that the subfloor is well prepared by ensuring that it is clean, flat and dry. The installer should remove any debris from the subfloor that could interfere with the installation. The contractor should make sure that the subfloor is not concealing much more moisture than hardwood flooring.
If your hardwood team turns up and starts laying your hardwood floors, and they are already nailing the planks down within no time then you might be concerned. A good installation contractor plots out the layout plan of each room carefully to avoid problems further down the road. Not all rooms will be a perfect square and not all planks are similar and there are some tricky areas that need to be thought through like the fire place, top of stairs, and in between doorways. By taking these factors into consideration, making early calculations and planning the layout will avoid headaches later on.