Our Milwaukee hardwood floor installation services are available in Milwaukee, Chicago and throughout the Wisconsin-Illinois border area. With over 20 years in business, we have learned that it is best to let customers know what they can expect when they have new hardwood floors installed. That way they’re not inconvenienced by as many surprises along the way.
Our Hardwood Flooring Installation Process
A typical project for us follows a standard process. When you work with us, you can expect:
An On-site Visit
Our initial on-site visit helps us understand the scope of the project. At this time we will begin estimating project costs, discuss whether you want us to remove your existing flooring and haul away debris (which some customers choose to do themselves to save money), and help consult you on ways you can make the process easier should you choose to remove your old flooring yourself.
A Fair Estimate
Once we have an initial understanding of the scope of the project, the surface condition of your subfloor, and your project requirements, we will give you an estimate for our work. Although we always try to provide accurate estimates from the start, sometimes estimates need to be adjusted due to issues found during the removal process (such as rotting subfloors or other unforeseen issues).
In those instances where additional work is needed due to a problem that we should have noticed during the estimation phase but we did not, we will not charge you for the additional work. Please note, however, that we cannot correct structural issues. If structural issues exist and you want them corrected, you will need to hire a carpenter to resolve them.
We will check the subfloor for squeaks that we can fix and re-nail the subfloor as necessary.
Depending on the needs of your project, we will install and finish your new floor. How long it will take to install your new flooring depends on many factors, some of which are discussed below.
- If we will be installing your new flooring in a new construction, we will need the environmental controls for the property to be turned on and replicating normal living conditions for at least two weeks before we begin work. This is because the moisture content of the environment can negatively impact the hardwood, which can then affect the long-term condition of the flooring.
- Hardwood flooring is available in a variety of widths ranging from 1’ to 8’, with the most popular being 2 ¼”. The wider the floorboards, the more movement you are likely to experience due to floorboard expansion and contraction. You do not need to choose a uniform width; you can mix widths for a custom look.
- The direction of your floor joists determine the direction in which your new hardwood floors will run. Floorboards must be installed in the opposite direction or at a 45° angle to floor joists (with the 45° angle option being the costlier option).
- Hardwood floor finishes change sheen and color with age, so you may want to consider how particular woods and stains will age.
- Typically, new floors can be installed at the same level as existing floors, but in cases where an addition was built or there is a concrete subfloor that is flush against a plywood subfloor, transition boards or thresholds can be used or new floorboards can be laced in. When transition boards or thresholds are used, the existing floors do not need to be refinished, which ultimately ends up costing less.
- Lacing in new floorboards offers a continuous look but it is more expensive because existing floors need to be refinished to achieve the uniform look.
- If you are considering having hardwood flooring installed over concrete flooring, note that this can result in space problems with exterior doors and other elements. You may want to consider have floating laminate flooring installed instead.
Common Issues with Hardwood Flooring Installations
Hardwood floors are extremely popular with property owners but there are still common issues that some hardwood floor owners experience. These include:
- Floorboard expansion and contraction. Floorboard movement is a common issue and is often seasonal. To minimize it, keep the temperature and humidity levels in your home at a consistent level.
- Cupping and crowning. This is not normal. If your floorboards are cupping or crowning, there is a moisture or water problem.
Variations. Variations in grain and color are natural to wood, add to its beauty, and are to be expected. High spots, minor chips and small nail holes may be visible on raw hardwood floors but should all be resolved once the sanding and finishing process is complete.
Call Today For a Free Hardwood Floor Installaton Quote!
My Affordable Floors offers free estimates and consultations on all our hard flooring projects. Call us today at 262-653-1120 for a free, no obligation estimate or just complete our contact form to schedule your appointment.