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The hardwood installation process

We know from experience that preparation is very important for a successful hardwood flooring project. Of course, while you should consult with your Lockwood’s Carpets flooring specialist for complete instructions, there are a few things to consider to get an idea of what your project will involve.

First, it's important to know that hardwood flooring requires a flat, clean surface for a proper installation. To ready the area for your new flooring, we may have to remove your existing flooring. We’ll also need to remove all the furniture from the rooms where your new hardwood is to be installed. A professional moving and storage company can be incredibly useful at this point, especially for large or heavy items. You should also take down photos or other wall hangings which can be damaged accidentally during the installation of your hardwood flooring.

On the day of the installation, an adult member of your household (someone who is age 18 or older) should greet your installer and show them to the work area. Be sure to get a walkthrough of the job from the lead installer to give you a clear idea of what the work involved and ask them any questions you have about the job. To ensure everyone’s safety and to help the job go smoothly, keep children and pets away from the work area for the duration of the job.

Stay off your new floors for the required amount of time after the job is done. Any stain and varnish that has been used on the surface may need time to cure properly. The lead installer will be able to advise you on how long this will take. If the smell of varnish or stain bothers you, open windows for ventilation or stay out of the house until the air has had time to clear.

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