Hardwood Flooring Installation for Your Toronto Home: What Are the Dos and Don’ts?

So, you have decided to install hardwood flooring in your Toronto home. That’s great news. After all, hardwood is one of the most sought-after flooring options. It is not only beautiful but durable; in fact, it can last for years if maintained properly. Not only that but hardwood flooring can improve the value of your home considerably.

However, there are guidelines that must be followed when installing hardwood flooring in your Toronto home.

Understanding these guidelines is a great way to make sure you get the best experience when installing new flooring. At AA Floors, we are committed to helping you do just that.

So, let’s get started.

Steps to Ensure Top Hardwood Flooring Installation in Toronto

Installing hardwood flooring requires a lot of understanding and expertise. That’s why it’s important to have an idea of what you are getting yourself into, to avoid costly mistakes.

Hardwood Installation Dos

Before you go ahead and start installing your hardwood flooring, here are some things you should do.

1. Do Your Homework

Hardwood flooring is available in many different types, colours, and finishes. Do you know which is suitable for your needs? If you aren’t sure, it’s time to do some research.

There are many different hardwood species available, such as oak, walnut, maple and hickory. Each has unique characteristics and traits. There are also different hardwood grades that give your flooring its own look.

It is crucial for a homeowner to understand the type of hardwood flooring you are installing and whether it is suitable for your lifestyle.

2. Understand the Care and Maintenance

Hardwood floors require proper care and maintenance to ensure that they keep looking good for years to come. However, like any flooring, there are clear rules and guidelines that must be followed to care for it.

Hardwood Floors Care

Using a wet mop or harsh chemicals is a big no-no; doing otherwise can damage your floors. Also, make sure to keep your pets’ nails trimmed to minimize scratches.

Make sure you clearly understand the maintenance instructions when you decide to install hardwood flooring in your Toronto home.

3. Opt for a Moisture Barrier

Hardwood and water do not mix, so you must do everything you can to minimize the chances of this happening. That includes laying down a moisture barrier before having your hardwood flooring installed. They are a great way to ensure your hardwood floor is installed properly and minimize the chances of water damage.

If you are not sure what they are, get in touch with us. Water damage is the last thing you want on hardwood floors. If you notice any of these signs of water damage, contact our professionals immediately.

4. Read the Warranty

This is a far too common mistake. When you purchase hardwood flooring from a reputable manufacturer, you will be given a warranty with elaborate installation guidelines. These should be taken seriously.

Not adhering to them may make your warranty null and void. Consult your installer about the warranty before starting the project.

5. Hire a Professional

Hardwood flooring installation in Toronto (as elsewhere) should never be undertaken without the proper expertise. One of the main causes of hardwood flooring issues is subpar installation.

Hardwood Floor Installation

Such damage can take time and money to fix, so it is best to hire a professional from AA Floors to complete your installation for the best results.

Hardwood Installation Don’ts

Now, let’s look at the don’ts.

1.  Do Not Install In Moisture-Prone Areas

As stated, hardwood flooring and water don’t mix, so it is best to avoid prolonged moisture exposure because it can lead to serious problems with your hardwood flooring. Understanding the installation area beforehand is crucial.

Never install hardwood in moisture-prone areas like basements and bathrooms. This will result in extensive water damage, leading to costly repairs.

2. Do Not Install Hardwood in Places with Fluctuating Temperatures

Like any other flooring material, hardwood has certain drawbacks, one of which is its inability to cope with fluctuating temperatures. Extreme humidity, low temperatures, or sudden heat can cause hardwood floors to contract and expand, leading to compromised durability among other issues. Hardwood flooring needs a stable environment year-round.

This is why you need to acclimatize hardwood flooring before installing it for the best results. Also, make sure your Toronto home is climate controlled to avoid flooring issues.

 

A great way to enhance the beauty and value of your Toronto home is by installing hardwood flooring. By adhering to these simple yet important suggestions, you can take advantage of your new hardwood flooring for many years. To guarantee the success of the process, it is crucial to adhere to these dos and don’ts. Interested in installing hardwood flooring in your Toronto home? Get in touch with us here or call us at 416-201-9611 to discuss your project.

 

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