What to expect and how to prepare for your Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring installation.
A proper, professional installation is crucial to the life and performance of your flooring. Because of this, it is important to know what to expect before, during and after your installation.
Steamboat CarpetsPlus will send out an estimator to measure your rooms and determine how much product is required to minimize waste and maximize your savings. Wood flooring has to be ordered by the box and extra product is required to allow for layout and waste. We measure as accurately as possible, however you may have additional product at the end of the project. This product is special order and may not be returned. It is best to keep this product in case you need to do minor repairs at a later date.
Trim pieces may be made in a different factory, they are designed to co-ordinate with your wood flooring and will not be a perfect match. You should also open the boxes of wood flooring and check to be sure the wood is the color you are expecting, variations in stain can occur.
The installers will move your furniture if quoted on your estimate. You should remove all breakable items and small items from the area including wiring from TVs, stereos, VCR/DVD and computers.
Most wood products need to acclimate before installation. Steamboat CarpetsPlus does have a heated warehouse, however whenever possible we would like to deliver the product to your home and allow it to sit in the rooms where it will be installed.
We will give you our best estimate of start and completion times for your project, however due to the nature of this construction there may be unforeseen delays.
With hardwood flooring you can expect noise during installation as your contractor nails the individual planks into your substrate. Depending on the type of installation, adhesives may also be used, in which case you’ll want to be prepared to deal with the odor until the adhesive is fully dried. The installers will need to use your electricity to power their tools and have an area cleared for cutting boards. Most cutting is done outside but installers may need to undercut door frames etc. which will be done inside. Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please make sure that your children and pets are kept out of the work area on installation day.
Floor prep cannot be fully assessed until old materials are torn out. Additional floor prep may be required above what has been quoted. This may include, but is not limited to, unstable sub-floors, patch work needed after removing old flooring, leveling or pet odors that were not present prior to removal of old flooring. There may be additional charges associated with this additional work which will be discussed at time of installation. Be prepared to be at home or available by phone the day of installation to discuss these issues.
You should know that shoe molding and quarter round needs to be removed for hardwood installation. Your installer may do this but at an additional charge and they will not be responsible for damage or breakage due to dry or brittle wood. Painted baseboards, woodwork, and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete.