Wood floors add value and beauty to your home, but as with any major home improvement, you can expect some measure of inconvenience and disruption. There are some preparations you must make before the installation can proceed, to ensure a satisfactory result.
What do I need to do before installation day?
Are there extra costs that may arise during an install?
Do I need to acclimate the floor before installing?
The point of acclimating wood flooring before installing it is to allow the moisture content of the wood to adjust to “normal living conditions” at the site – that is, the temperature and humidity conditions that will typically be experienced once the structure is occupied.
Thus, it does no good at all, in fact; it is likely harmful to store wood flooring at the jobsite under conditions that don’t reflect those normal environmental conditions. Some wood flooring may already be at the proper moisture content when delivered. To allow it to sit at the jobsite under excessively humid conditions will only cause the flooring to absorb unwanted moisture or in the case of overly dry conditions lose required moisture content.
The key message is not that acclimation is good; rather, installers need to understand the dynamics of water and wood and make educated judgments about when and how much acclimation is required. To do so requires knowing what the moisture content of the flooring is at the time of delivery and what its expected moisture content will be “in use”.
What direction do you lay flooring?
Industry practice is to usually lay flooring with the length of the room or towards the major light source. In some cases a change in flooring direction may be required from room-to-room and is a very common practice. There is also the ability to lay on a 45-degree angle - our sales staff can work with you to help you decide which is most appropriate for your space, however it is ultimately up to you as to what look you prefer.
Do I need to worry about insurance of installers?
Yes, for two reasons: First, to protect you against accidental injury - using a company that does not have proper insurance coverage leaves you open to being investigated by the Ministry of Labour & / or personally sued the injured party if there is an accident. Secondly, in case they cause damage to your house that they will have liability insurance to cover the damage. At Darmaga the installers are covered with both workers compensation (WSIB) and liability insurance. No worries for you or us.
What is underlayment and do I need it?
Underlayment is a layer of material which is usually installed on top of a subfloor that provides a surface suitable to receive a new floor covering and may act as a vapour retardant and or sound absorption prior to installing a floor.
The use of quality underlayment is critical to a successful installation and to protect your hardwood floor from moisture issues evolving from your subfloor, especially with concrete subfloor.
At Darmaga we use quality underlay to offer you the security and confidence in your floor installation. If you are going to lay something inferior it is not only a waste of time and money on the product but also on the entire investment of your floor.
Do all companies have the same warranty?
No. If you are purchasing flooring from a company and having your own contractor install the flooring you want to make sure your installer is a professional. You will want to ask what their warranty is. Keep in mind, if there is any concern of factory defect in the product, a floor laid is a floor accepted and will usually void any manufacturer’s warranty. If you are buying flooring on a supply and install basis, you want to make sure the company warrants their installers work and the installers are qualified.
At Darmaga we have industry recognized installers and we fully warranty the work. We work with the installers and the manufacturers so there is no back and forth for the homeowner, if there is a problem (unfortunately that sometimes happens) we resolve it and make it right…immediately.
What are the different moldings and what are they used for?
The 3 most common trim moldings are:
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