How to Prepare for a Flooring Installation

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You’ve finally decided on your new flooring, whether it’s hardwood, carpet, laminate or vinyl. Now it’s time to have it installed! Hopefully you have hired professional floor installers, who can help if any of these issues arise:

  • Fixing any subfloor irregularities before installation.
  • Examining your new flooring for damage or defects before installation.
  • If the installation involves the use of grout and adhesives, they’ll make sure all surfaces are clean, smooth and completely dry.
  • Ensuring the installation area is structurally sound and free of wax, soap scum and grease.
  • Removing moldings, trim or appliances as necessary.
  • Checking door jambs to make sure the flooring has clearance once the installation is complete.

But for your own part, make sure to follow these tips to ensure that your flooring installation is effortless and stress-free.

Inspect the Room

Remove the furniture and any valuable, breakable things and find them a safe, new, temporary home. If you are unable to move your things yourself, make sure you speak with your professional flooring installers beforehand to let them know you may need assistance before the installation. While rare, accidents happen to the best of us and taking steps to prevent them is always safest.

Remove All Necessary Items

You should remove anything plugged into outlets such as extension cords, fans, space heaters, etc. Take down anything that’s hanging on the walls, such as clocks and tapestries. Hammering can cause things to get displace or fall, so to prevent accidents we recommend relocating them temporarily. If the flooring is going to be installed in the kitchen or laundry room, arrange to have the appliances disconnected before the flooring installation.

Clean and Monitor the Temperature

Give your current flooring a good cleaning before the professional installation!

Ask your flooring specialist if there’s an ideal temperature for installing your type of flooring. Some types of wood require a specific temperature range, as well as some installation steps.