Preparing to Install New Wood Floors

Flooring can make such a big impact in your home. Choosing the kind of flooring you want can affect the style and functionality of your home for years, and potentially even the life of your home. Arguably the most popular type of flooring, hardwood has been used for centuries in homes and buildings. One of the reasons that hardwoods are so popular is their beauty and durability. Depending on the type of wood and the finish, it can also fit any design style that you might choose. While hardwood flooring is incredibly versatile, especially today with the latest engineered hardwoods on the market, it's still important to prepare properly for new wood floors in Kennesaw, GA, and consider where you're planning to install this type of flooring. 

Where Do You Want It?

Hardwood flooring works great both in high traffic areas like the kitchen and living rooms, as well as in bedrooms and formal rooms. You should probably avoid using hardwoods in areas that are exposed to a lot of moisture such as a bathroom or laundry room. Wood absorbs moisture and can warp under wet conditions, while also being prone to mold and mildew in damp environments. Because wood also naturally expands and contracts and is sensitive to moisture, most people advise against installing them over concrete slabs, which would mean graded floors and basements are not great options for hardwood flooring. However, with the right preparation, you can still get the hardwoods you want in these areas of your home.

Prepping for Installation

In order to get ready for new hardwood floors, you want to prep the surface which will be underneath the floors. First you need to remove any old flooring. Be sure that you also remove baseboards and trim which run along the floor. If you're careful, you can pull these off and use the same pieces after the flooring is installed. This is important because you want to give the flooring room to expand and contract as humidity and temperatures change. You'll also want to check to make sure that the subfloor, underlayment, and your choice of hardwood will fit under any door casings. If it does not, you will need to cut off the bottom of the casing. Next you will want to clean the subfloor. Use a sander to clean any adhesives or other elements from the floor, then vacuum up all dust and particles. Now your surface should be ready for the underlayment and your flooring. If you want to install over concrete, talk to a hardwood flooring company in Kennesaw, GA, and find out what options might be available.