Are you thinking about remodeling your home? Do your remodeling plans include installing new hardwood flooring? Although installation of hardwood flooring isn't complicated, here are some possible issues and how to avoid them:
Floor gapping: While you may be eager to see what your home will look like, you should hold off on a new flooring installation until after the rest of your home renovation has been completed. Your flooring materials also need to sit inside your home for a period of time in order to acclimatize to your typical living conditions. If you've done drywall or painting, these projects need to be completely dry before the flooring is installed. Hardwood floors can soak up the excess moisture in the air from wet paint and drywall, causing them to expand. If your usual humidity is much lower, your floorboards will start to shrink as they dry out. While small gaps are normal and necessary for a healthy floor, large gaps will detract from your floor's appearance. By letting your floorboards sit for a while after the humidity has normalized, the floorboards will have a chance to shed any excess moisture and to become their normal width.
Floor buckling: Floor buckling is a similar problem to gapping, except in reverse. During the remodeling process, your home may have been left open to the hot and dry summer air. If your flooring is installed before the humidity level in your home is allowed to rise to its natural levels, the installed floorboards may have partially dried out and shrunk. As the humidity rises, they will begin to expand to their normal size. This will eventually cause your floor to buckle as some boards are forced upwards.
Noisy floor: A floor that squeaks, pops or otherwise makes noise is typically the result of an improperly prepared subfloor. When you have your flooring installation done by a professional, this is unlikely to be a problem. A flooring professional will know exactly what subfloor materials and installation techniques should be used in order to minimize any issues. However, if you are going to be attempting to do the installation yourself, then you should use the subfloor materials that are recommended by your flooring manufacturer.
Whether you're planning to tackle the project yourself or to hire someone else to do the flooring installation for you, you should consider talking to a flooring professional before the install process actually begins. Flooring professionals will have the experience and knowledge to tell you whether you can proceed as planned or whether you need to make any adjustments to your schedule.
For professional flooring options, contact a company such as Carpet & Linoleum City.