5 Crucial Things To Consider Before You Install Your Wood Floors

Wood floors are an increasing trend in quality residential construction. More and more designers and end-users are selecting engineered wood floors as the flooring surface of choice in premium construction. The reasons are not difficult to understand. They look great, are easy to install, save a tremendous amount of project time as compared to say a marble surface (as much as six months depending on the size of the house), can be easily renewed (depending on the top layer thickness), are hygienic, colour can be changed while renovating (not possible with other hard surface floorings) and can be taken off and replaced without a mess while still living in the house. Now to get the most out of your engineered hardwood flooring, here is a list of 5 things to take care of before you have them installed:


Correct timing 

This, by far, is the most repeated error that happens. Owners, project managers, site supervisors, and designers sometimes in a rush to meet deadlines would have the floors installed while other work at the job site is still going on. While the wish to meet the deadlines is fully acknowledged, one has to understand that you are buying a factory-finished, ready-to-install product that should be put only at the last stage. Would you install your fine furniture or furnishings at this stage? Fine dust can settle inside the beautiful open pores of the wood flooring grain. Even if the wood surface is smooth, it can get scratched or dented or the humidity in the air might be too high with all the wet work going on in the house (could cause excessive movement or creaking sounds at a later date), etc. Often we hear from the site owners or supervisors that they will cover the flooring and then the rest of the work would not cause any damage. From practical experience that is rarely the case. With all the workers moving around, it is practically impossible to monitor each and every worker and eventually, some damage occurs. While it is possible to handle these damages later, why get into all this when it is simply avoidable? Hence this is my #1 recommendation. Only install your wood floor at the right time. Set realistic project completion targets. This is practically the last thing just before the furniture and furnishings move in. 


Subfloor 

The quality of the subfloor (the floor on which your wood flooring will be installed) is crucially important so that the final wood floor is installed correctly. By quality here I mean the flatness (not level), firmness, dryness, and cleanliness of the subfloor. These 4 elements are the key. There is a simple way to achieve this. Just have the subfloor tiled using regular commercial tile. It is cheap, easily available, and in one stroke can give you a flat surface that resists moisture, is firm, and gets dry fast. Cleanliness is topical and the flooring installer can just easily clean it with a broom before starting installation. Compared to a cement screed subfloor this is a much better option given the curing time and skill needed to get the cement screed right.


Wall quality at skirting level

This is quite important too. Your wood floor skirting is also a prefinished product and the sub wall surface has to have all the above 4 qualities (see point 3). However, it is possible to achieve this easily. Just tell your civil contractor to handle these. If you can take your tile up to the skirting level (flush with the wall), it would be even better since moisture protection would also be taken care of in this case.


Humidity at site 

This is crucial and often overlooked. Wood is hygroscopic (response to moisture) in nature. This is true of all types of wood. And so are your wood floors. Reacting with the increased humidity at the site (if the wood floors are installed early and not when the site has returned to normal humidity levels), will expand more than usual. This also means they will shrink back excessively when the site returns to normal humidity levels (Relative humidity coming to normal). This can cause some complications which are totally avoidable if care is taken to install only when all the wet work is over with, site conditions of normal air humidity levels are achieved and we are installing floors right at the fag end.


Other sources of moisture 

While this is related to correct timing as well, this deserves a special mention. We have had situations, although rare, that the floors were installed before the central air conditioning was tested. At one site the builder, in a multi-story housing project, had not performed the final AC testing while the apartment owner got his wood floor installed. When the testing was being performed later (the ac was left on) it was found that the water drainage was clogged may be due to the construction dust and debris and it started leaking. And the water was substantial. This not only damaged the wood floor (some material had to be replaced as the area was practically flooded) it also caused damage to the paint and some of the other items. So the moral of the story is to have your Ac’s tested (even if it is a split A/C) and ensure all windows and doors opening to weather are in place and sealed.

At Span floors we do a full site inspection with many additional but crucial points before installing wood floors to ensure a successful installation that the homeowner can enjoy for years to come. Following these steps would save cost, lead to a more beautiful installation and happiness for all stakeholders.

Happy Flooring!

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