Install, Don’t Stall: How to Prep Your Home for New Hard Surface Flooring
If you’re having new hard surface floors installed in your home, congratulations! This is an exciting opportunity to completely revamp the look and feel of your home, enjoying beautiful, high-quality flooring for years to come. Choosing the type of flooring you’d like is only the first step – now, the exciting part begins. New floor installation requires a bit more preparation than just calling in the pros (though don’t worry – we’ll handle the most difficult parts!). To find out how to prep your home for new hard surface flooring, look no further than our expert tips below.
Choose Your Installer Wisely
Probably the most important thing you’ll do in your installation prep process is choosing your installer. When considering an installer, take a few must-have qualities into account:
- Do they answer your calls and follow up with you promptly (within 24 hours)?
- Do they listen to your needs instead of trying to upsell you on a product or service?
- Are they forthcoming and transparent with price quotes and estimated work times?
- Most importantly: do they ask you questions in order to get to know your home?
Make sure you go with an installer who meets all of these criteria in order to guarantee effective service.
When you purchase your new floors at Bob’s Carpet & Flooring we include the cost of removal, delivery and installation in the cost of your project, so you’ll never have to stress over the hassle of finding an installer.
What About Your Furniture?
Of course, one of the most important ways to prep your home for new hard surface flooring is to make sure all your furniture is out of the way. We also strongly recommend removing any photos or wall hangings from the areas where the flooring will be installed. Hard surface flooring installation requires a good amount of drilling, which has been known to dislodge a wall hanging or two. Make sure that your treasured items are protected by removing them beforehand. Although our team will move and replace most furniture, there are some items that we are unable to move. Visit our flooring installation page for a full list of objects that will need to be moved prior to installation.
Think About the Subfloor
The most successful hard flooring installations happen on subfloors that are as level and smooth as possible. Most installers won’t spend too much time on your subfloors unless you specifically ask them to ahead of time (and work it into your price quote). If this isn’t something you’ve discussed with your installer, aim to make sure that your subfloor is as even as you can make it. Some people choose to tear out their own flooring and install completely new subfloors. Of course, this isn’t mandatory; any way you can make sure your subfloors are in good shape will do. Our installation team will provide a basic floor prep at no additional charge.
When One Door Closes…
One of the most oft-overlooked ways to prep your home for new hard surface flooring is making sure your doors and wall bases are level with the new floors. Make sure you know the height of your new floors ahead of time. If this height is incompatible with the current height of your doors and wall bases, these need to be corrected before the installation.
Even if your doors are perfectly level with your floors, don’t forget to remove your door moldings ahead of installation. This is a great step to make sure that your installers don’t go through the moldings when laying down the new flooring. Though doing so isn’t damaging, it’s not as visually appealing as moldings installed after flooring.
Have a Workspace
Set aside an outdoor area where your installers can set up shop, cut flooring, and keep their equipment. This won’t just make the installation process much smoother – it’ll also significantly reduce the amount of dust, dirt, and other debris that accumulates in your house. Ideally, this work surface will have hard, durable flooring, like concrete; access to an electrical outlet; good lighting; and some sort of overhanging to protect from the elements. (Of course, these features aren’t necessary, but they are what would be available in a perfect world.
By taking the listed steps to prep your home for new hard surface flooring, you’ll have set yourself up for success with beautiful, durable floors. When you work with an installer you can trust to do excellent work, the next part is easy: sit back, relax, and wait for your stunning new floors to be installed. If you have any other questions about the process don’t hesitate to reach out to us.