Installation of Hardwood

Installation of
Hardwood Flooring

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Before Your Installation

You want a problem-free installation and, to help ensure it, here’s a checklist of things to do before the installer arrives.
  • Make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring. If you wish, the installer will do it. If not, you should make arrangements to have it removed.
  • Who’s moving the furniture? Decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or if you want the installer to handle it. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room.
  • In general, your hardwood should run parallel to windows or, in narrow rooms, to the longest wall. Added stability is achieved by installing hardwood perpendicular to floor joists.
  • Measure door clearances before you have your hardwood installed. If the new floor is thicker than your existing floor, door bottoms may rub. Plan in advance to have someone shave or saw the correct amount off the bottom of each door so it does not drag.
  • Paint first. If you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any other remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your hardwood is installed. Keep extra paint to touch up any post-installation nicks.

During Your Installation

To make your hardwood flooring look good now and for a long time to come, proper installation is critical. Here’s the procedure an experienced installation professional will follow:
  • Current flooring: A professional installer will evaluate your floor and subfloor construction and will know whether to remove the existing flooring or install on top of it. If it’s removed, the installer knows how much preparation is needed for the subfloor—like use of a leveling compound—or if a new subfloor should be placed over the old one.
  • Moisture testing: Proper acclimation and moisture testing of the wood flooring and subfloor are required so floors won’t cup, buckle, or develop gaps later. Your installer will follow this critical step for either solid or engineered hardwood.
  • Installation: Using the proper equipment, your installer will nail or glue boards in place, working from multiple cartons to create consistency in the look of the floor. When encountering unforeseen problems, experienced installers know how to solve them.
  • Overall quality: Professional installation ensures that your floor will look beautiful and perform well over time.

It’s a good idea to check with us directly to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation. And we can also help you choose a highly skilled professional installer. Just call a member of our friendly sales staff.

Valley Floor Covering, INC. Blog

By Jennifer 28 Sep, 2017

Let’s face it: doing chores around the house is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But there are few cleaning jobs as tiresome or as frustrating as scrubbing the floors. It seems that the moment the floors are spotless and in pristine condition, something immediately occurs to make them dirty again.

On top of that, we are quickly approaching everyone’s favorite time of year. as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. That means that those messy floors will become even grimier, as snow, dirt, and other winter filth are constantly brought into your home.

We at Valley Floor Coverings are just like you: we like a clean floor, and we admit that there are certain times of the year that keeping our floor clean is harder than others. While it’s certainly a frustrating problem, luckily, it is a problem with a few quick and simple solutions.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Valley Floor Covering, INC. offers the designer styling you want in any hard surface construction you need. We bring you our signature fine quality and craftsmanship in elegant flooring of every type.

Hardwood

Wood flooring is the enduring classic of beautiful homes ... rich and inviting, it always says “welcome.” With Shaw’s multitude of engineered and solid options, there’s a lovely hardwood style for almost any room. Our hardwood features ScufResist Platinum®, the industry’s toughest guard against high foot-traffic and scuffing—something your savvy customers, with their busy lifestyles, will appreciate.

Laminate

Unusually durable, good-looking, and easy to install, laminate is a great value to homeowners. Shaw’s laminate wood styles resemble natural woods so successfully, sometimes even our designers have trouble telling them from the real thing.

Resilient Vinyl

Today’s resilient is not only incredibly stylish, it’s cushy and comfortable—a flooring winner. Resilient floors are easy-care, have incredible warranties, and perform like commercial products. And Shaw’s resilient wood looks provide fashionable, colorful appeal to today’s interiors.

Ceramic Tile

Chic and very low-maintenance, tile is the go-anywhere floor. Shaw’s tile and stone products come in lovely designs that range from the urban and sophisticated to the laid-back and casual—with trim collections that are simply stunning. Plus, Shaw’s tile in hardwood designs makes it possible for you to put the charm of wood anywhere you like, indoors or out.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
Solid wood is milled from a single 3/4”-thick piece of hardwood. Because of its thickness, a solid hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished over several generations of use. Solid wood flooring expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. Normally, installers compensate for this movement by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding or quarter-round is traditionally used to hide the extra space.
By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
The term “cave” is simply a metaphor for a special part of the house where a guy can get away and spend time on his hobbies, occupational pursuits, or just to hang out and unwind. And these days, as teleworking has increased, the austere corporate office is often replaced with a home-based hybrid area for work and play.

A man cave should reflect the man’s personality and tastes. Although there are some masculine commonalities, each man cave will sport features displaying unique preferences. And women, beware: you won’t find ruffled curtains at man cave windows. Don’t even mention them! You’ll need to give your man latitude to design his space his way, even though it can be a cooperative effort.

Where to find the space for a man cave? Depending on your budget and home size, you might use an existing room to dedicate to the purpose, or you could add onto your house (which can incur substantial expense and requires a building permit). For the purposes of this article, we will assume you have an area in your home that you can turn into the perfect cave.
By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
You’re about to enter into an exciting, creative and yes, somewhat stressful phase: you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and proceed with your home renovation! In the coming months, you will be faced with countless design decisions that, while they may seem overwhelming at the time, will ultimately give you the home of your dreams.

One of the biggest and earliest decisions you will have to make regarding your home renovation is choosing the proper flooring. And it should come as a surprise to no one that hardwood floors and carpeting are hands down the most popular choices for floor surface coverings. But many homeowners in the midst of a renovation struggle with which floor type works best for their home and its unique needs.

Here is a simple way to get started in deciphering on which type of floor covering is perfect for your home:

Hardwood Floor
Let’s face it—hardwood floor certainly has a reputation for being the most desired floor covering surface. And why not—it is timeless and gives you limitless versatility from a design perspective.

But hardwood floor is more than just a pretty face! Not only do you get the prestige of having a high end surface covering for your home, it is also incredibly easy to clean and maintain! With a hardwood floor, it is also the flooring option for your home that has a lengthy life.

Is being “green” a top priority for you? Then hardwood floor is the way to go! Many types of hardwoods are composed of natural materials, and it is easy to find a flooring manufacturer whose products are environmentally friendly.

Carpeting
If you like the words soft, comfortable, and warm, and want them to be incorporated into your home’s remodel, then carpeting is the flooring choice for you! It also may be the friendlier choice for your wallet as well—carpet is considerably less expensive than most hardwood materials on the market today.

Not only is carpeting soft and inviting for your home, it is also the preferred flooring choice when safety and quiet are essential to a homeowner. Accident damage is less likely when carpeting is covering the floor instead of hardwood (if you have active children running around the house, for example!), and of course, carpeting absorbs sound beautifully, making your home a peaceful and silent retreat.


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