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Installing new floors in your home is an exciting upgrade that can dramatically improve the look and feel of your space. However, a little preparation is necessary to ensure the installation process goes smoothly and efficiently. Here are some straightforward steps to get your home ready for new floors.

Clear the Area

Before the installers arrive, clear the rooms where the new flooring will be installed. Remove all furniture, rugs, and any other items. This will not only make the job easier for the installers but also protect your belongings from potential damage. If you need help moving heavy furniture, consider hiring professionals or asking friends and family for assistance.

Remove Old Flooring

Depending on the type of new flooring being installed, the old flooring may need to be removed. In some cases, such as with certain types of vinyl or laminate, the new flooring can be installed directly over the existing one. Those types are called “floating floors.” However, if removal is required, you can do it yourself or hire professionals to ensure it’s done properly and safely.

Check the Subfloor

Inspect the subfloor to make sure it’s clean, dry, and level. Any imperfections in the subfloor can affect the installation and longevity of your new floors. Address any issues, such as repairing cracks or smoothing out uneven areas, before the installation date.

Set the Right Temperature

Yes, proper temperature is essential. Adhesives and even some flooring types need time to cure and settle. This is best achieved with an indoor temperature ranging from 60 to 70 degrees.

Create a Dust Barrier

Floor installation can generate dust, especially if old flooring needs to be removed or the subfloor requires preparation. Protect other areas of your home by creating dust barriers. Close doors to adjoining rooms, use plastic sheeting to seal off areas, and cover vents and ducts to prevent dust from spreading.

Work Area

Floor installers need room to work and outlets to plug their power tools in. Please ensure there is a space specifically designated for them to cut materials that will lead to debris and dust. They cannot work without access to electrical outlets.

It’s also important to note that materials and debris from other contractors should be removed if you’re renovating more than just your flooring.

Furniture should be cleared from the area. Please note that due to the extra time and effort involved, we charge between $50 and $100 to move furniture, along with an additional $25 to $50 for smaller items.

For safety and liability, our installers are not allowed to disconnect electronics of any kind.

Prepare for Noise and Disruption

Floor installation can be noisy and disruptive, so please plan accordingly. If you have pets or young children, consider arranging for them to stay with friends or family during the installation. Additionally, plan to be out of the home or in a separate, unaffected area to avoid the noise and disruption.

Plan for Waste Disposal

The installation process will generate waste, such as old flooring materials and packaging from the new floors. Discuss with your installer how waste will be handled. They may offer disposal services, or you might need to arrange for a dumpster or other means of disposal.

Verify Measurements and Materials

Finally, double-check that all materials have arrived and verify the measurements of your rooms. Ensuring everything is accurate and ready to go will help avoid any delays or issues on installation day.

Missoula’s Best Floor Installation Experts

By taking these steps to prepare your home, you can ensure a smoother, faster, and more efficient floor installation process.

To get started on your project, contact Missoula Floors online or by calling us at 406-543-3111.

Enjoy your beautiful new floors!