Understanding Surface Preparation For Hardwood Floor Installation
Any successful hardwood flooring installation requires proper surface preparation. In fact, many experts would agree that this is one of the most important aspects of installing any type of flooring product today. The first step in properly preparing a surface for hardwood flooring is to make sure that all existing flooring is thoroughly and completely removed. Next, it is crucial to make certain that moisture levels are correct for installation. This can be easily accomplished by using an inexpensive moisture meter to test the overall moisture within the subfloor.
Calcium Chloride Test Should Be Done On Subfloors
Most experts agree that about a 4% maximum in moisture should be acceptable between the subfloor and the hardwood flooring. Equally important is to consider having a pH alkalinity test performed. Most professionals recommend having this type of test done on all concrete subfloors. In addition, something that is known as a calcium chloride test should be done on subfloors composed of concrete. Along with all these other basics it is essential to make sure that the subfloor is completely level, free of bumps and clean.
Allow The Product Time To Acclimate To The Local Environment
When necessary, use a self-leveling product to ensure a completely level surface. It may also be required to sand down any high spots on the subfloor. Finally, experts suggest storing hardwood flooring in the general vicinity of work area where it will be installed for several days prior to actually installing the product. This allows the product time to acclimate to the local environment including temperature and moisture levels. As an added note, always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when installing any type of hardwood flooring product. Contact Timberline Flooring Center today to learn more about high-quality Houston flooring products and services.