Hardwood floor installation is a huge project that requires advanced preparation. Knowing how to get your home and family ready for the installation of your hardwood floors can help ensure a successful and productive remodel.
Clear Space for the Hardwood to Acclimate
Hardwood is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs moisture from the air around it. When hardwood planks are placed in your home, they will absorb moisture from the air until the moisture content in your home and the wood is balanced. If your home is very humid during acclimation, this will likely cause the hardwood to expand. If this happens after the hardwood is installed, this will cause the wooden planks to push up against one another, resulting in a condition called "cupping." To prevent cupping from happening, your hardwood planks may need to acclimate before they can be installed.
To acclimate your hardwood boards, you'll need to clear a space in your home on the same level where the floor will be installed. The hardwood planks will need space to sit undisturbed for about a week, give or take. The amount of time it takes for your hardwood to acclimate depends on the moisture content of your home and the moisture content of the wood. Talk to your hardwood floor installer to find out about how long the board will need to sit in your home, and about how much space you'll need to clear.
Clear the Rooms Where Hardwood Will Be Installed
You'll need to move all the furniture out of the rooms where the hardwood floors will be installed. Do this several weeks in advance to give yourself a chance to find the space where the furniture can sit undisturbed. You may need to rent short term storage space, or you may need to rent a temporary outdoor storage container.
Make Plans Based on the Timeline
Talk to your hardwood floor installer a week or two before the floor installation will take place to find out when each stage of the installation will occur. Hardwood floor installation can involve many unpleasant sounds and smells, and if you are sensitive to this kind of stimuli, you may want to be away from home on these days. In addition, knowing when each stage of the installation will take place will make it possible for you to plan for your kids or pets to be out of the house for the most hectic parts of the remodel.
For more information about how you can prepare for your upcoming hardwood floor installation, talk to your hardwood floor installer. He or she can work with you to ensure that your hardwood floor installation goes as smoothly as possible.