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Hardwood Installation in California

What to know and do before your hardwood is installed

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Southern California Hardwood Installation: Prepare for a Smooth Experience

At Family Floors, we understand the excitement of bringing your dream hardwood floors to life across our Southern California locations in Yorba Linda, Long Beach, and Huntington Beach. Proper preparation is key to ensuring a smooth and efficient installation process. Our experienced hardwood specialists have compiled this guide to help you prepare for your special installation day.

Benefits of Being Prepared

Taking the time to prepare for your hardwood installation offers several advantages:

  • Reduced Installation Time: A well-prepared space allows our installers to work quickly and efficiently, minimizing disruption to your daily routine.
  • Flawless Finished Product: Proper preparation minimizes the risk of issues during installation, resulting in a beautiful and long-lasting hardwood floor for your Southern California home.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing you've done everything you can to prepare ensures a smoother installation process, reducing stress for you and your family.

Before Hardwood Installation

Furniture Removal is First.

Remove all furniture and other objects and materials from the areas where the installation will take place. Some installers will move your furniture, but there may be an additional charge for doing so. Before moving, you’ll also need to empty the contents of china cabinets, closets and the like. Also, be aware that the area of installation must be climate-controlled (heated or air conditioned). Indoor humidity should be maintained between 45-65%.

Next, Take a Look at Your Old Floor Covering

Now it’s time to consider how your old floor covering will be taken up and disposed of. This can be a time-consuming task. We recommend that you check with us at Family Floors about the cost and the method of disposal. If you prefer to remove your present floor covering, do it at least one day prior to arrival of your hardwood product to allow for cleanup and floor preparation. If removing old carpet, please leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.

Doors Require Special Consideration.

When hardwood is installed, there’s always the possibility that the doors, especially closet, basement and bedroom doors, may not clear the new hardwood and swing free. Some installers will remove doors in order to install the hardwood and re-hang them if possible. They probably won’t shave or cut down doors to insure clearance. Please check with us regarding our policy. You may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to provide this service after the installation of your new hardwood floor.

Be Clear ahead of Time about the Clean-Up.

Installing new hardwood will produce waste. Usually these materials are collected by your installer and left at your trash collection site. Check with us before the day of installation so you’re clear about the clean-up and if there will be added costs involved. Also, ask about the plan for hardwood remnants.

During Hardwood Installation

Be Prepared to Stay at Home.

Be prepared to be at home the day of installation and to be available in case the installation crew has questions. Your presence will ensure that the correct hardwood is installed in the right areas. Because it is difficult to estimate the length and circumstances of each job, some installers may not be able to give you an exact time of arrival. We will keep you updated on the installer’s schedule.

Put Your Safety First.

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.

The Walk-Through is Key.

We recommend that, prior to the completion of the installation, you walk through the job with the chief installer. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and be clear on any final details.

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After Hardwood Installation

Give Your Lungs a Break.

If you are sensitive to dust and odors, good ventilation should be established for 48 to 72 hours after installation.

The Bottom Line.

Being prepared for installation day through careful planning and smart preparation will make your life and the installers’ job a lot easier. It will also make your hardwood flooring experience enjoyable right from day one. At Family Floors, we’re here to help you get the most out of your beautiful hardwood floor.

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