If you’re lucky enough to know a general contractor or someone who specializes in flooring installation, I am really, really, jealous.
Seriously. A home reno that involves a flooring install is a BIG deal, and it involves time, money and a general upheaval of your living conditions. And, when you have to trust the work to strangers, it makes it all the more ominous: will I like the results? Can I trust the quality and workmanship? You’re gluing what to where and how?
Yeah, it can get a little ambiguous.
Thankfully, you’ve got me – I’ve recently survived a hardwood install! Today, I’ll tell you what you need to know to make it as painless as possible.Tip #1: Buy Your Own Wood. If you call a contractor, chances are they will offer a selection of hardwood or engineered hardwood for you to peruse, and may even try to lure you with their “contractor’s discount.” Don’t be persuaded, unless they present you with a sample you love at a price you can live with. There are other options, promise.
You see, the selection at The Home Depot Canada is unsurpassed! From the type of flooring to the species and finish, YOU get to decide what is best for your home. And remember this advice: ALL wood species are suitable for everyday use. An associate in the flooring department can help you find a look and finish that you’ll love.
Since we had hardwood on our main floor, it was simply a question of matching the colour to our upstairs flooring. However, since our second floor actually sees more traffic than our first (both my husband and I have home offices there, and the boys are at an age where they hang out in their rooms a lot) we decided to go with Beaulieu Canada’s Inverness Oak Engineered Wood. It features stunning antique visuals with an authentic handscraped finish.
Tip #2: Prepare for Plan B. Hardwood installations don’t always go perfectly to plan. In our case, based on the dimensions of our engineered hardwood, it was recommended that the flooring be glued to the subfloor. It would ensure a more precise installation and remove any concerns that the wood might shift or “float”.
Of course, materials aren’t free – so we had to incur an extra installation cost. My advice? When tackling a home reno, always have a contingency fund for unforeseen expenses. In our years of doing small (and large) home improvements, I can promise you that we tend to underestimate both our budget and the time involved for completion. So, have a buffer for both.
Now, we don’t regret paying extra to have the engineered hardwood glued – not even for a second. The wood is perfectly anchored to the subfloor, and over time, the risk of squeaking has been significantly reduced.
Tip #3: Expect Dust. A LOT of Dust. I can’t think of a messier home renovation than replacing flooring. Expect your life to be disrupted for a few days (at least), and even after the reno is done, there will be debris, dust and dirt left…. everywhere. Seriously, on every floor, on every surface and in every nook and cranny. Here’s what you need to do.
a) Schedule an air duct cleaning within days of the project completion. Most of the wood dust will have fallen into vents, and unless you have a professional clean them, you’ll be circulating dust for months. In addition to continuously breathing it in (which is highly detrimental if you have allergies or asthma), you’ll also be dusting around the clock. So find a local company and schedule an appointment, stat.
b) Stop by The Home Depot Canada for cleaning needs. I love Bona products such as their Hardwood Cleaner, Low-Gloss Hardwood Floor Polish and Microfiber Cleaning Pad. Give your new floors a good once-over to pick up any leftover dust and grime.
c) Make sure the cost of installation includes disposal of your old flooring. If it doesn’t, inquire how much extra you’ll need to pay to make it happen. Once your home is outfitted with shiny new hardwood, the last thing you’ll want to do is worry about how to get rid of the old stuff. Many people assume that removal is included in the cost of renovations, but this can vary from contractor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Tip #4: Enjoy Your New Hardwood. Wood flooring really does lend a certain elegance, doesn’t it? Two months after our big reno, we are still deliriously thrilled with the results. I think it comes down to three things: selecting the correct type of flooring for our lifestyle and tastes; deciding to go with a reputable manufacturer (Beaulieu Canada) and of course, trusting the experts at The Home Depot Canada to help with our flooring questions (and we had A LOT of questions) and of course, our flooring needs!
If you have any questions about replacing your flooring, don’t hesitate to reach out! I can share advice based on my experience or direct you to the right person at The Home Depot Canada!
This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.