How to Prepare for Hardwood Installation

How to Prepare for Hardwood Installation

By John Andrew Asciutto

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Preparation for hardwood floor installation begins with setting up an appointment with a professional to assess the potential project. Learn more about hardwood flooring options with help from the owner of a hardwood flooring business in this video on hardwood flooring installation.

Preparation for hardwood floor installation begins with setting up an appointment with a professional to assess the potential project. Learn more about hardwood flooring options with help from the owner of a hardwood flooring business in this video on hardwood flooring installation.

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Hello, I'm John Andrew with John Andrew Hardwood Flooring. And I'm here to talk to you today about getting prepared to install hardwood floors in your home. The first thing you want to probably do is call a professional. A professional will usually set an appointment to come out to the home and kind of walk through with you the process on putting hardwoods in your home. And one of the first things they're going to ask you is whether you're on a concrete slab or you have plywood floors to nail to. If you have a plywood floor to nail to, what you're going to want to look at is a three-quarter-inch solid hardwood floor, such as something like this. This is a pre-finished three-quarter-inch solid hardwood floor. We can nail this to a plywood and it's done. Or you can go with a sand-in finished product. That would be raw wood; once it's nailed down then you would sand and finish it. Or if you have a concrete slab, typically what's done, is you go with an engineered product. And engineered hardwood flooring is usually thinner with multi layers of plywood, with the real oak or hickory or maple product on top. What this engineering does is ables you to glue it to the concrete slab. And this product stays stable in that application. If you're an active household of three kids, two dogs and a lot of activity around your house, you're probably going to want to do a pre-finished product; where that product can be installed and walked on right after it's installed. If your plan, if you have a little bit more flexibility like a basement to stay in or you're going away for a couple of days, you might want to think about doing a sand in finished product; where we install the product and then sand and finish it on site. When we do that product, you have to, it takes a few days to go through that process. But it gives you a little more of an artistic finish, a custom finish, per se. Then you're going to get ready for the process to begin. They're probably going to schedule a date with you on when to start. And then they're going to talk to, hopefully they're going to talk to you about acclimation of the wood. And that's very important. A lot of people that aren't professionals will bring the wood in the same day they install it. That's not a professional way to do this. What you want to do is bring the wood to the house three, four or five days before it's going to be installed, put inside the house, not the garage, not the basement, but inside the house to where it can acclimate to the temperature and the humidity level of your normal living.

About the Expert

John Andrew Asciutto works for John Andrew Hardwood Flooring, a family-owned and operated business with its roots deeply entrenched in the community. The company was founded in 1996 by John Andrew Asciutto, himself.

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