Hardwood Installation

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Hardwood Floor Installation

Hardwood flooring can add tremendous value to any home setting, mainly because of its natural style. It simply has a natural construction that cannot be replicated. But, because of this natural construction, hardwood installation can be a difficult task. Hardwood cannot be installed in every room in the home, and it also needs to be installed in perfect conditions.

Fortunately, the experts at City Carpets Carpet One Floor & Home can help you with hardwood installation. Be sure to visit our San Rafael showroom to learn more about installation and to check out our hardwood brands.

How To Install Hardwood Floors

Like we mentioned before, hardwood installation is difficult, so we do recommend relying on our professionals to install your new hardwood floors. We can, however, provide you with a brief overview of the installation process. First, our team will prepare your subfloor. We'll remove the old flooring, and we'll make sure the subfloor is totally dry and flat. This is important because wood planks cannot be installed over imperfect subfloors. After the subfloor is all set, we'll install the hardwood planks. Nowadays, most hardwood planks attach together for a gapless surface, but we still need to nail the planks to the subfloor for a permanent bond. We usually leave about a 3/8" gap along the edges of the room because wood tends to expand over time. Once the hardwood planks are installed, we'll check the surface to make sure there aren't any gaps.

Many hardwood floors are prefinished, which means the surface finish has already been applied before installation. If the planks are unfinished, they will need to be finished after installation.

Where Can Hardwood Be Installed?

Hardwood flooring cannot be installed in every setting. We, for example, do not recommend installing hardwood flooring in areas with moisture or heavy foot traffic. So, in kitchens, bathrooms, and commercial settings, you should probably choose vinyl flooring or tile flooring instead of hardwood. Hardwood is suitable for most living rooms and bedrooms, as long as it is properly maintained. Be sure to consider adding an area rug with your hardwood floor.

Hardwood and Humidity

One of the most important considerations with hardwood is humidity. Before installing hardwood, you need to consider the humidity levels in your home. Visit our hardwood and humidity page to learn more about the effect of humidity on hardwood flooring.

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