What You Should Know Before Putting In Wood Floors

The wood floor installation process is one that requires a good deal of attention if you want to see things go well. To that end, there are some things that many providers of wood floor installation services would like you to know in advance of starting a job.

Glue Is Pure Hate Sold in a Bucket

Within the wood floor installation industry, using glue to secure flooring to a subfloor is seen as a permanent solution. This means the floor isn't supposed to be removed ever, and it will only go away when the building is demolished.

That's the theory. In practice, you're going to sell your place some distant day, and someone else is going to decide to rip up the floor. That's when they're going to discover that the flooring was glued into place, and they're going to want to put a hex on your family for three generations. Yes, glued-down wood floors are that difficult to pull up. There's no salvageable material when the job is done, and the contractor often spends a lot of time chipping the glue off the subfloor even after the floor has come off.

Some situations do call for using glue. This is especially the case when there's no other way to reduce squeaking noises. That said, try to find another solution if possible.

Humidity Control Matters a Lot

When adding wood floors to a room, especially if you're using 100% natural products, humidity is the enemy of everything you do. During the wood floor installation process, gaps will be left in the floor to allow for expansion due to moisture. The best way to minimize problems is to have an air conditioning system in the building that's effective. If the wood gets too damp for too long, it can expand and buckle. It may also warp.

Bear in mind that the opposite issue occurs in very dry environments. The wood can contract, leaving massive gaps. In some cases, these can leave panels loose enough that they pop out.

Maintenance Is the Entire Game

Anything that gets into a room can degrade the quality of a floor fairly quickly. For example, sand and dirt can act as abrasives, rapidly stripping the finish off the floor. Add rubber covers to the bottoms of the feet of all your furniture, and do not allow animals with unclipped claws to run around on the surface. Plan accordingly.