Specialty Floor Types
Repair & Care Of Floors
What Can I Do To Help? The Installer Is Coming Soon
We all prefer no complications or problems when the floor is being installed. Having happy customers and installers makes for a perfect relationship. You can help make things runs smoother by being prepared and having a better idea what will be involved. Below are a list of items often not discussed before the installers appear at the front door.
You may think you have a clean house, but you may not have been there when the carpet was installed. Some of the lazier carpet installers do not sweep before the actual installation. Yes this is true! In addition, carpet draws in grit/sand and can actually sift through the padding and collect on the subfloor over time.
All types of preparation for hardwood will result in some dust being raised. We advise covering upholstery and taking other precautions if you are sensitive to dust. More on dust control below.
Cutting the Flooring
With occupied residential work, installers need an unobstructed work area outdoors or in the garage. With condominiums the only choice is the front or back lanai. Have these areas accessible so they can move about freely.
Remove all Knick Knacks and Breakables
Installers offer bids based on older floor covering removal and disposal, moving furniture and appliances, floor preparation, and the actual installation. Based on experience, we've found an installer's attitude can turn from positive to bleak when they are faced with a job that requires more work than expected.
Remove All Items From Closet Floors. Under Stairs
If the installation runs into closets or under a set of stairs, be prepared and make the areas accessible. Remove all items including longer garments.
Remove Heavy Items From Furniture Drawers
Furniture drawers can get heavy depending on what you store in them. We suggest looking though all drawers and remove heavy items.
Keep Pets and Children Away From Working Area
We know they can be curious. Unfortunately their curiosity can cause problems especially with direct glue downs of hardwood floors. It has happened more than once; cat getting stuck in the adhesive or a child claiming they can jump over the glue.
Save Some Dough. Move Furniture
All installers prefer not to move furniture and they charge for it (common practice). By moving some of the lighter pieces you can save some money. In some cases you may prefer to move antiques or other valuable pieces yourself or have a moving company temporarily relocate items.
Okay. How Long Will My Job Take?
Everyone wants to know, including the installer! Each and every job is different and will depend on a number of factors. By making it easier on all involved, following the guidelines above will reduce the time. Most installers are independent contractors. They are not paid by the hour, nor do they work 9-5. Let them know up front the best times for the work. If you're unsure of the installer doing the work, ask for references. There's nothing worse than having a sloppy workman in your home.Time Guesstimate. Based On 400 Square Feet. One Man Crew
|Moving Furniture||1 hour|
|Remove Carpeting & Tack Strip||1 hour|
|Install Gluedown Floor (3" plank)||10-12 hours|
|Install Floating Floor (7" plank)¹||6-8 hours|
|Install Nailed/Stapled Floor (2 1/4" strip)||10-12 hours|
|Install Site Finished Floor (2 1/4" strip)²||3-4 days|
|Install Trim Moldings||Varies|
¹ Click together or lock and fold floors require less time.
² Depends on what type of finish is used and how many coats.