Most home-owners think hardwood flooring installation is a relatively quick and easy process. That can be true - but only to a point. In reality, the whole process of ordering, shipping, acclimating, and installing wood flooring can be quite lengthy. You should really order in October if you want to Wow! your friends and family with new floors this holiday season.
What is so time-consuming about flooring your home? Good question! Here are just 3 parts of the flooring process that require some time:
You might be surprised at how long it takes for you to pick out a flooring material. There are dozens of types to choose from, and if you have never bought flooring before the selection can be overwhelming. Once you have chosen the right floor, it will most likely need to be shipped to your city and home. That takes time, too. Check with the flooring professional you're buying from to find out how long you should expect to wait.
If you're a fan of the Fantastic Floor blog, you'll remember we talked about hardwood flooring acclimation back in June. You'll also remember that we said the worst part of the acclimation process is the waiting. Hardwood flooring needs to acclimate for one to two weeks at the very least. Installing wood flooring before it is properly acclimated can result in buckling, warping, cracking, splitting, and many other nasty problems. We know it's annoying, but just wait it out.
Finally! The moment you've been waiting for. But don't get too excited! Installation itself can take some time. Depending on the time of wood you're dealing with (prefinished vs. finish-on-site), installation for a single room can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Multiply that by the number of rooms you have to floor and you have a pretty accurate estimate as to the length of the installation process.