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Well Built Requires More Than Nails

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Wood floor installation is about more than carpentry and using saws. A well done wood flooring project requires planning and communicating well in advance. Practicing sustainability is beyond material sourcing, it has a lot to do with longevity of service for a product. For that reason, we only install and source materials that are serviceable with a lifespan that will outlast the home.

Acclimation and Pre-Project essentials 

How long should I acclimate my floor? How long will this take to install?…

These are the very common questions that actually do not have one correct answer. The answer is situation dependent, and the real professional evaluates each job site accordingly. For acclimation rules, it is a process of introducing wood flooring to an installation ready home and waiting for the floor to reach a proper moisture content. The trouble is not all homes are ready for installation when you decide on a floor. There are essentials:

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Acclimation

  • Most wood flooring needs a home performance environment of 60-80 degrees. For this reason, saving money during construction or during extended vacation is a mistake. More on that here. 
  • Relative Humidity is the most significant silent killer of a wood floor if it is out of balance. Wood needs approximately 30-50% relative humidity year round to be happy. Although some flooring can tolerate lower humidity, it will void any warranty by a flooring manufacturer.
  • Wood flooring ALWAYS should be acclimated in the area in which it will be installed. Do not acclimate flooring in the garage of your home.

Preparation

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  • The quality of a wood floor installation is directly related to the prep of the surface where the floor gets installed. If the subfloor has high and low spots, then the floor will as well. Using a floor sander to grind an installed wood floor flat is a disservice to the customer.
  • Squeaks in a wood floor originate mostly from the subfloor moving at the joist. All subfloors should be checked for noise and secured prior to installation of a new wood floor.
  • Use of underlayment systems (roofing felt, etc…) helps slow moisture problems, but does not prevent moisture issues. So the exterior of every home should be evaluated before installation.
  • Concrete floors need to be flat and preferable sealed. Concrete is a porous material and moisture conditions can change with the seasons.

Those are the general discussion points of what we consider the real essentials when we estimate and plan for a project. In addition, we make sure to read and familiarize ourselves with manufacturer’s guidelines.

So what should you expect before, during, and after Paragon does your floor?

  • Wood floors may be your furniture for a while. We do not rush acclimation, so plan accordingly. If you are installing a majority of one level of your house, then the flooring will take up the space of about two couches in a room (8’x5’x8’ roughly).
  • The process is noisy and possibly dusty. Removing old floor covering and flattening subfloors can be a messy process, unlike floor sanding. We do our best to mitigate dust, but like to advise accordingly.
  • While your wood floor is being installed, we need to minimize foot traffic in that area. Aside from liability, we do not want any odd things being dropped on the surface that can affect the finishing.
  • Good conversation with good people. We don’t charge for this part, but we do enjoy socializing with and appreciate our customers. 😊
  • We will provide you with all of the resources to maintain your investment. Cleaner, care instructions, and our word.
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