Monday, July 30, 2012

FAQ: When Should Hardwood Floors Be Installed?

Installing hardwood flooring can be a complicated, time-consuming process. Installing hardwood flooring at the wrong time can make this tricky project even harder. Many DIYers and building contractors rush the flooring installation process, not realizing that their haste and impatience can cause major problems in the future.

installing hardwood floors

So just when is the right time to install hardwood flooring? Glad you asked.

Home construction can be a messy, dangerous process. In order to ensure that your new hardwood floors aren't damaged by work crews, tools, or building materials, plan your hardwood flooring installation for after all other construction and installation projects are finished. Foot traffic should also be kept to a minimum during and after installation. If you can't plan the installation for last, protect the newly installed wood with a heavy-duty cover. Make sure you place the cover over the entire floor, however; many woods are sensitive to light and will experience color change if exposed, creating an unpleasant spotting effect.

Hardwood flooring installation can be adversely affected by the seasons, too. If you live in an area that experiences a lot of dramatic changes in temperature and humidity, it's a good idea to install your floors during a dry, warm time of year. Hardwood needs to be acclimated to its environment, and the acclimation process can sometimes take weeks. If you try to acclimate your new flooring during a change in season, the wood will have a harder time adjusting to its new environment. This can cause problems for you down the road.

Don't forget to read our helpful Hardwood Flooring Installation Guide to learn more tips and tricks for installing your beautiful new floors. Still have questions? Give us a call at 1-888-448-9663. We'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fantastic Floor: Now On Houzz!

Are you an active Houzz-er? We are! Fantastic Floor just joined the ever-growing online home remodeling and design community, and we couldn't be more excited. In case you aren't familiar, Houzz is a "collaborative platform for home remodeling and design" that aims to bring homeowners together with the companies and contractors they are looking for: interior designers, floor covering professionals, and other home improvement professionals.

fantastic floor on houzz

The site is ridiculously easy to use. First, create an account. Second, create an "Ideabook" - your online collection of home improvement and design inspirations. Third, browse the huge catalog of photos from homeowners and professionals from around the world, get inspired, and save your favorite pics to your Ideabook. Last, contact the professionals in your area that you want to work with. Simple!

Find Fantastic Floor on Houzz, take a look at our pictures and let us know what you think. We'd love to help you with any hardwood flooring design projects you have. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Fire up that grill, put some Bruce Springsteen on the stereo, and get the hose ready - it's the 4th of July! We hope your holiday is filled with fun and family. Oh, and Muppets of course: