We offer professional hardwood floor installation, sanding, and refinishing.
No matter if your needs are simple or complex, we can serve you from species selection through the final coat of finish.
|ALL services are performed in house by our owner and trained employees.|
|Professional dust control to keep the job site as clean as possible.|
|A wide range of of finish options to suite your taste and style.|
|We only use professional quality floor finishes. These finishes are not available at your local box store, and their beauty and durability are unsurpassed.|
Professional Hardwood Flooring Installation
The first step we must take before installing a new hardwood floor in your home is the suitability of jobsite conditions. What is the moisture content of your home’s subfloor? What is the relative humidity in your home? Are there any obvious signs of moisture intrusion? If your home is built over a crawl space, is a vapor barrier in place? Questions such as these must be answered. Problems with hardwood floors are easy to avoid, yet so often the simple steps to prevent them are not taken!
Proper evaluation of your home’s environment will enable us to determine how long your new hardwood floor should acclimate before we can install it. The old rule of thumb “acclimate for 1-2 weeks” was clearly thought up before the advent of modern professional moisture reading equipment! A hardwood floor is only as stable as its environment. Wood is a natural product that reacts to moisture. Any wood floor will swell or shrink according to changes in its environment. A relative humidity of 35-55% year round in your home will minimize seasonal swelling and gapping. Even with such care taken, you should still expect some movement with your wide plank floor. The wider the flooring, the more each board will move individually.
Once conditions are right, we can begin installing your floor. A floor that is less than 4” in width we typically nail down on top of moisture retarding flooring paper. This paper helps slow down any possible moisture vapor that may come through the subfloor. Flooring 4” and wider we install with glue and nails. We run a bead of urethane adhesive in a serpentine pattern on the subfloor under each board before nailing. This adhesive curbs the tendency of wider floors to move and make noise. The adhesive is also more effective at minimizing movement in very wide plank flooring due to seasonal changes in humidity than the flooring paper. Regardless of the width, our tight nailing schedule on every single plank securely fastens down your new floor.
We dry lay, or “rack” your floors as much as possible prior to nailing them down. This helps us eliminate the unsightly stair stepping of planks, or unsightly close butt joints commonly seen in new floor installations. Existing door jambs and casing are carefully under-cut, and the flooring is installed fully beneath them. Speed and efficiency are great ideals, but must never come at the expense of quality professional craftsmanship!
Moisture and Relative Humidity
A hardwood floor is only as stable as its environment. Wood is a natural product that reacts to moisture. Wood flooring remains stable when installed, sanded, and finished at the temperature and humidity at which it is to be used. For this reason, relative humidity and temperature readings, as well as moisture content readings from both the hardwood flooring and subfloor, are always taken prior to installation to determine if conditions are immediately acceptable for installation, or if the hardwood needs to acclimate to these conditions before it can be installed. Even with such care taken, you should still expect some seasonal movement with your hardwood floor. The wider the flooring, the more each board will move individually with fluctuations in relative humidity. Any wood floor will swell or shrink according to changes in its environment. A relative humidity of 35-55% year round in your home will minimize seasonal swelling and gapping, though the less seasonal fluctuation in relative humidity that is allowed, the less movement will occur in your flooring. Basically, the closer the relative humidity is kept to stable year round, the less movement will occur in your flooring.
We take great care to follow all manufacturer and National Wood Flooring Association standards for proper acclimation, installation, and fastening to minimize any movement, looseness, unevenness, or squeaking developing in the flooring over time from seasonal changes in moisture content, temperature, and relative humidity. However, since wood is a natural product that reacts to moisture, any wood floor will still swell or shrink according to changes in its environment. For this reason, installation of wide plank flooring is not recommended for potentially high humidity areas, such as bathrooms. Despite these manufacturer and NWFA standards being followed, some seasonal movement in hardwood flooring is still to be expected when temperature and relative humidity swing seasonally from one end to the other of the acceptable ranges of 65-75 degrees and 35%-55%. The wider the width of the boards, the more seasonal expansion/contraction is to be expected within each individual board. More significant changes and damage can also occur if temperature and relative humidity are not kept within acceptable ranges year round. It is recommended to use temperature and humidity control systems year round to keep conditions at constant, acceptable levels to minimize any such movement or damage.