How to Prepare For Professional Wood Floor Installation
Looking to install hardwood flooring in your Kansas City home? Great choice. There are some things you can do to prepare for your installers before they arrive. These simple preparations will help prevent the accumulation of dust or even damage that could occur in your abode without the right protective measures.
Despite the fact that wood flooring companies such as Get It Installed take all necessary precautions to protect your surroundings, such as furniture and walls, it’s better if you as the homeowner took care of a few things before arrival. Here are a few things you can do to ease the hardwood flooring installation process.
1. Take Off the Doors
Sure, your floor installers will remove the doors from their hinges prior to starting work. However, it’s best to do this yourself beforehand if you are particular about how carefully you remove and store the doors.
The installers may not take the high level of care you would as the homeowner, plus they will not necessarily know where you want to store them in the meantime. Make their job easier and faster by:
- Removing the doors from their hinges.
- Placing them in another area or room.
- Placing a blanket in between doors so scratches do not occur.
- Placing all hinge pins in a baggie to keep them organized.
2. Take Off the Baseboards
You can either remove the whole baseboard or just the moldings along the bottom edge. By doing this beforehand, your technicians will have more space to fit the flooring planks closely to the walls. If your baseboards are looking worn and tired, take this opportunity to buy new ones. When the floors are complete, you can just install the new ones to complement the whole aesthetic.
3. Take Off the Door Trim
It’s a bit more challenging to take off the moldings on doorways. This is an optional task. Most installers do not remove them when installing floors, but will rather cut in the bottoms of the molding so they can slide the new flooring underneath. That said, the look will be much neater if you remove the moldings altogether. Your technicians will thank you, as it makes for a tighter and more precise fit around the door’s frame. You get a more uniform appearance in the end.
4. Control Dust Accumulation
Dust is the top by-product of hardwood floor installation. Controlling the dust can be a challenge, especially when you are planning to have your flooring stained and varnished once installed. Your flooring installers should automatically take the necessary steps to cut down on dust and debris. To help out, you could try:
- Sealing off rooms where the installers aren’t going to be working.
- Closing all doors, covering the entire doorway with plastic sheets.
- Sealing those sheets with masking tape.
- Taping plastic sheeting over any heating ducts, openings and vents to keep airborne dust from getting into the room and getting trapped in the fresh varnish.
Contact Get It Installed
If you’re ready to book your hardwood flooring installation, call us now in Kansas City. We can let you in on some tips for preparing the area before we arrive.