The timing of the actual installation depends on many factors, including room size, type of product, installation technique, and how well you prepare. That can be anywhere from a few hours for a floating floor to three-plus days for solid hardwood and a half-day with a carpet installation. Of course, you will need to factor in additional time for preparation and post-installation (such as when furniture can be moved back in).

Why preparation is so important

First, there'll be no surprises, because you'll know what each person's responsibility is. The last thing you want is a last-minute surprise bill. Second, determine who moves the furniture, disconnect where needed and check floor height because if the new floor is too thick, doors and drawers may not open and close properly without adjustments. Third, remove baseboards and anything that can hinder installation, and be sure to check the subfloor in advance of the installation; negotiate if it needs any repair or restoration.

You'll also want to know how long it takes before you can move furniture in and walk on the new floor; they're often two different timetables, and sometimes it even becomes a sliding scale. For example, a carpet installer will tell you to wait 24 hours before moving furniture back in and walking with socks-only. Then, the installer will say you can wear shoes on the new floor by the next day after that.

Why are subfloors important?

Subfloor imperfections can travel up to the surface. If you see the subfloor is not level, let the installer know in advance; it might need to be sanded, so you want to be sure they have the tools at the ready and not have to stop to get them. Likewise, some floorings, such as tile, need cement boards or meshes, while others, like hardwood, need water meters and vapor barriers if the subfloor is cement.

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Many say the installation is as necessary as the product. An excellent installation will make the flooring visually appealing, and it will perform well fora long tile. So come into the On The Spot Floors flooring showroom in Powhatan, VA, especially if you live in or near Powhatan, Midlothian, Cumberland, Goochland, Chesterfield, Richmond, Henrico, Amelia, Chester, or Glen Allen. You'll walk out with information and a free flooring installation quote.