Installing engineered hardwood flooring in your home can be a difficult, time-consuming process. Not preparing your wood and floor space for installation can cause the process to be even more challenging. Regardless of whether you are doing the installation yourself or letting a professional take care of it, there are a few issues you need to address before the work begins. The following are four pre-installation considerations you should take into account before installing your newly purchased engineered hardwood floor.
It’s extremely important to inspect all of your wood flooring materials prior to installation and look for any cracks, holes, or bent or warped boards. While engineered hardwood flooring undergoes a rigorous inspection process before leaving the plant, imperfections and faulty boards can still slip through the cracks. In most cases, installing defective boards will void their warranty.
Order of Installation
Wood flooring should always be installed after all other installation and construction projects are finished. If floor installation is the only project, this isn’t something you need to be concerned with. However, if a new floor is part of a larger remodeling or new-home construction project, make sure you save it for last. This will help minimize the chances of your new boards experience major damage due to other construction projects.
Crawl Space and Subfloor Specifications
It is very important for crawl spaces and subfloors to be dry before the installation process begins. For crawl spaces, there needs to be at least 18 inches between the joists and the ground. Vapor barriers or retarders must cover 100% of the crawl space, with the joints overlapping by at least six inches. The vapor barrier must also extend at least six inches up the stem wall, be attached and sealed.
Protecting your engineered hardwood flooring prior to installation is very important. The boards should not be delivered to the installation site until the building is enclosed and humidity and temperature are both stable. Fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels can cause boards to warp and bend, rendering them useless for installation. Finally, don’t deliver boards to the installation site until all painting, drywall texturing, masonry, and concrete laying is finished.
Want to learn more about installing engineered hardwood flooring in your home? Contact Fantastic Floor today to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales representatives. We look forward to hearing from you soon!