How to Prepare for New Flooring Installation

How to Prepare for New Flooring Installation

Embarking on selecting a new flooring option can be both thrilling and daunting. The vast array of flooring products available today means you have many choices, from the elegance of hardwood flooring to the resilience of laminate. 

But before the flooring installation begins, preparing your home adequately is essential. This preparation is a crucial step to ensure a smooth and efficient installation. Here's an extended guide to help you navigate this process:

1. Research and Decision Making

The first step is to decide on the type of flooring that best suits your needs and aesthetics:
  • Flooring Materials: Whether it's plush carpets, elegant hardwood, durable laminate, or another option, understanding the pros and cons of each material is crucial.
  • Eco-friendly Choices: For those environmentally conscious, consider green floor coverings like Marmoleum, cork, or bamboo.
  • Budgeting: With a clear understanding of the costs associated with different flooring products, set a budget encompassing material and installation expenses.

2. Room and Home Preparation

Preparing your home is perhaps the most crucial step before the installation:
  • Clear the Space: Begin by removing large furniture, decor, and other items. This provides a clean slate for the installers and ensures your belongings are safe from potential damage. If moving large furniture is an issue, please speak to the sales person regarding charges for moving the items. 
  • Subfloor Check: The condition of your existing floors plays a pivotal role. Ensure the subfloor is clean, dry, and level.
  • Acclimatize the Flooring: Different flooring materials require adjusting to your room's conditions. For instance, hardwood flooring must acclimate to prevent future issues like warping.

3. Special Considerations

While the main rooms are often the focus, don't forget other areas:
  • Gas Appliances: If the room has any gas appliances, ensure they're safely turned off and disconnected. You don't have to worry about this safety measure if you're working with professionals, but it's always good to double-check.
  • Closets and Storage Areas: Often overlooked, these areas also need new flooring. Remove any items stored here to provide clear access.
  • Delicate Items: For rooms with delicate items or valuables, take extra care to pack and store them safely.

4. On Installation Day

As the installation day approaches, there are a few last-minute steps to prepare:
  • Stay Informed: Confirm the installation date and the team's arrival time.
  • Provide Clear Access: An unobstructed path from the entrance to the installation area is essential. This facilitates the efficient transport of tools and materials.
  • Safety Measures: Don't forget to keep pets and children away from the work area. Their safety, and that of the installation team, is paramount.
  • Open Communication: Always maintain open lines of communication with the installers. If you have any specific requests or concerns, voice them.

5. Post-Installation Care

Once the installation is complete, a few steps will ensure longevity and aesthetics:
  • Drying Time: Especially if adhesives were used, allow them ample time to dry.
  • Inspect the Work: A thorough check for visible issues or imperfections is always beneficial.
  • Furniture and Decor: Use protective pads under furniture legs when returning items. This simple step ensures your new floor remains pristine.
  • Maintenance: Different flooring types have varied care instructions. Adhering to the manufacturer's recommendations ensures your floor's longevity.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How long will the installation process take?

A: The duration of the installation process varies depending on the type of flooring, the size of the area, and any specific requirements. For instance, hardwood flooring might take longer than laminate. We'll provide an estimated timeline once we assess the space and the chosen flooring material.

Q: Do I need to be present during the installation?

A: While you don't need to be present, we recommend someone be available to answer any questions the installers might have and review the work once completed.

Q: How should I prepare my home for the installation?

A: Please clear the room of furniture, decor, and other items. Ensure the subfloor is clean and dry. If the room has gas appliances, they should be safely turned off and disconnected. Also, provide clear access from the entrance to the installation area.

Q: Can you dispose of my old flooring?

A: Yes, we offer disposal services for your existing floors. There might be an additional charge for this service, so please let us know in advance if you'd like us to handle the disposal.

Q: Will there be a lot of dust and mess during the installation?

A: While we strive to keep the work area as clean as possible, some dust and debris are inevitable, especially when removing old flooring or preparing the subfloor. We'll clean up after the installation, but you might consider covering nearby items or areas with plastic sheeting for added protection.

Q: Do I need to acclimate my new flooring before installation?

A: Yes, certain flooring materials, like hardwood, must adjust to the room's temperature and humidity before installation. We'll provide specific guidelines based on the chosen material.

Q: What happens if there's damage to the subfloor?

A: If we discover issues with the subfloor during the installation, we'll discuss the necessary repairs with you. It's crucial to address any subfloor problems to ensure the longevity and performance of your new flooring.

Q: Can I walk on my new floors immediately after installation?

A: This depends on the type of flooring and any adhesives used. While some floors can be walked on immediately, others might require a drying or curing period. We'll provide specific guidelines post-installation.

Q: How do I care for my new floors after installation?

A: Proper maintenance ensures the longevity of your flooring. We'll provide care instructions specific to the type of flooring you've chosen, including cleaning recommendations and any precautions.

Q: Is there a warranty on the installation?

A: Yes, we offer a warranty on our installation services. The specifics of the warranty, including its duration and coverage, will be provided upon completion of the installation.

Final Thoughts

Your feedback is invaluable. After the installation, consider sharing your experience with Rosendale Flooring. Whether it's a testimonial or a shoutout on social media, your insights help us improve.

In conclusion, while the allure of new flooring is undeniable, the process requires meticulous preparation. From understanding the type of flooring that best suits your needs to properly preparing every nook and cranny of your home, each step is crucial. 

But with this comprehensive guide, you're well-equipped to navigate the process, ensuring a stress-free experience and impeccable results. At Rosendale Flooring, we're with you every step of the way. Happy flooring!