- The home or building should be completely closed with windows &
doors in place
- All wet trades (drywall, paint, ceramic tile, etc.) should have
completed there work
- Air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems should be
- The temperature and relative humidity be at "normal living
conditions" or between 60 & 80 degrees Fahrenheit with 30-50
percent humidity for at least 6 days prior to the wood flooring being
delivered. Moisture testing should be the responsibility of the wood
floor and/or general contractor.
- Furniture, appliances, and old floor coverings should be removed
from rooms where flooring is being installed.
- Plastic should be used to help seal off the work area
- There will be sawing, hammering and other noise during installation
- Make sure you understand the time frame involved & the duration
- Finishing should take place 10 to 14 days after installation
- You can walk on the floor during acclimation (before sanding &
- There will be noise, dust, and some fumes during this process
- Even though the area is sealed off, dust from the sanding process
could & will probably infiltrate other areas of the house
- Because fumes will be present during finishing, pilot lights must be
- Keep pets away from work area at all times
- Make sure you go over the work schedule with the wood floor
contractor, know the number of days it will take, when the floor can
handle foot traffic, always allow scheduled work to be completed as
specified. This will ensure a good job & the best results
possible. Make sure the floor is protected and/or measures are taken
so that other trades and/or people coming in after the wood floors are
finished. There is nothing more frustrating than some one else not
using due care & causing a good job go bad.
- A table top finish. Each piece of oak flooring sands differently
depending on its grain type (plain or quartered) making it virtually
impossible for a completely flat surface.
- Dust-free finish. Since your floor is being finished in your home
it is not possible to achieve a "clean room" environment.
Some dust will fall onto the freshly applied top finish.
- A monochromatic floor. Wood, as a natural product, varies from
piece to piece. Remember it is not fabricated; it is milled from a
tree and will have grain and color variations consistent with the
grade and species of flooring selected.
- A floor that will not indent. In spite of the term
"hardwood", Oak flooring will indent under high heel
traffic (especially heels in disrepair). The finish that is applied
will not prevent the dents.
- A floor without cracks between the boards, or within the parquet
pieces. Although your new floor may start tight together, as a
natural product it will continue to absorb and release moisture.
This natural process will cause the flooring to expand and contract
from season to season resulting in cracks between some of the pieces
in your floor. Some stain colors, such as white, will show this
process more than others.
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