Hardwood flooring can be a beautiful addition to your home. But there are some things that many consumers don’t realize. If you’re planning a DIY with your floor installation, these are important things to keep in mind.
Before your floor is installed
Most people, when they first purchase their new flooring, can’t wait to get started installing it. But in this case, patience really is a virtue. You should leave the flooring in the box in your house for six days before you install it. This gives the wood time to get acclimated to the temperature in your home. If you don’t do this, the wood can expand or contract, depending on the temperature that was in the warehouse.
When you begin installing
Many people who do their own floor installation will put the first piece of wood right up against the wall. You don’t want to do this. You need to first put in a spacer between the wall and the first piece of wood to allow for the wood to expand and contract. Also, make sure you’ve removed the baseboards before installing.
Washing the floor incorrectly
Some say that only distilled vinegar and water should be used to clean a hardwood floor. Just about everything else will leave residue. Keep in mind, hardwood floors are very easy to maintain and clean. Of course, some floors are better at handling spills than others. A raw floor with a polyurethane finish is stronger against minor daily disasters. But no matter which floor you have, you should always try to wipe up spills immediately. This is because the liquid can soak deep down into the grooves of the wood and cause your floor to expand or buckle.
Not understanding the difference between finishes
It’s important to understand the difference between water-based and oil-based urethane finishes. Water-based is harder and tougher against spills and abrasions. It also has fewer chemicals, so there isn’t a strong smell when it’s applied. If you use a water-based urethane finish, you can be inside your home after the finishing process. If you use the oil-based kind, you might want to wait a while before returning to your home, because there will be a stronger smell. These are the kinds of things that manufacturers and stores don’t always tell you.
Attempting a DIY with floor installation
Unless you have a background in contractual work, why would you trust your home, probably your greatest investment, to a do-it-yourself kit? You wouldn’t dream of trying to rebuild a car engine if you weren’t a mechanic. Why would you risk making big mistakes with something as visible as flooring and possibly hurting the value of your home? For this reason, it’s a good idea to have professionals install it.
At Sequoia, we will install your floors for you. If you’re someone who likes to tackle home projects yourself, we also provide special instructions to help ensure that your DIY installation goes as smoothly as possible.
Many flooring retailers are only about selling flooring. Once you’re out the door, that’s it. At Sequoia, we’ll give you as much support as you need for your floor installation project.
Remember, for all your flooring needs, talk with us today at Sequoia Ltd.