Before you can enjoy the beauty of contemporary hardwood floors, there are some essential preparation steps to consider. Proper preparation ensures a smooth and long-lasting installation. Here are the key steps you should take:

1. Evaluate Your Subfloor

The condition of your subfloor is critical to the success of your hardwood flooring installation. Ensure that it is clean, level, dry, and free from any debris or imperfections. If your subfloor requires any repairs or adjustments, it's essential to address them before proceeding with the installation.

2. Acclimatize Your Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood is a natural material that can expand or contract with changes in temperature and humidity. To prevent issues like warping or buckling, it's crucial to acclimatize your hardwood flooring to the environment where it will be installed. Leave the flooring in the room for at least 72 hours to allow it to adjust to the humidity levels in your space.

3. Choose the Right Installation Method

There are different installation methods for hardwood floors, including nail-down, glue-down, and floating. The choice of installation method depends on factors such as the type of hardwood, your subfloor, and your specific preferences. Our experienced professionals at Absolute Floor Covering Inc can help you select the best installation method for your project.

4. Plan for Expansion Gaps

Hardwood floors need room to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. To prevent issues, leave expansion gaps around the edges of the room and at doorways. These gaps will be covered with trim or molding for a finished look.

5. Consider Underlayment

Depending on your subfloor and the installation method chosen, you may need to install an underlayment. Underlayment provides additional insulation, soundproofing, and moisture protection. It's an important step in ensuring the longevity and performance of your hardwood floors.

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At Absolute Floor Covering Inc, we are dedicated to helping you achieve the home or business of your dreams with our contemporary hardwood flooring options. Our experienced team is ready to assist you with every step of the process, from selecting the perfect hardwood to expert installation.

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