What to Expect

After you’ve chosen to install or refinish a hardwood floor in your home, you may have questions or concerns about what to expect. Knowing what will happen before, during, and after the work is completed will help prepare you for what JTFlooring, LLC will be doing to ensure a high- quality job.

Getting Ready

First, all furniture and appliances, if any, need to be removed from the rooms where the work will take place. Because JTFlooring, LLC is not insured to move any furniture or appliances, it is up to the customer to remove their belongings from the work area. It is highly recommended to hire a professional plumber to unhook any water lines before moving or reconnecting the appliances, this ensures that there will be no future leaks damaging the new wood floor. The customer is also responsible for removing any pictures or drapes that are in the work area, preventing dust or damage. JTFlooring, LLC offers to hang plastic over any openings to the surrounding areas or rooms that are not being worked on in order to contain dust to the work area.
Once the space is properly prepared, the work begins. We will now walk you through all of the steps from installation to finish.

Installation

We begin with the installation process. Before any wood is installed it is critical that the wood has had time to properly acclimate. The wood needs to be onsite in the area where it is going to be installed for a minimum 0f two days or up to two weeks depending on the material chosen.

This step consists of installing the unfinished or pre-finished wood flooring you have chosen. The process can take multiple days depending on the amount of flooring that is being installed and will have minimal dust. You are able to walk on the flooring if needed during the installation process.

Sanding and finishing

The next step is sanding and finishing. Sanding is what generates all the dust. Sanding your hardwoods helps to ensure that the flooring is flat with a smooth finish. Keeping your floor up to industry standards, your hardwood floor will get a coat of sealer and two coats of finish, commonly known as three coats. Additional coats of finish can be applied upon request. Once the floor is sealed there can be no walking in the work area until all coats are completely dried.

Not all wood flooring needs to be sanded; if you have chosen a pre-finished or laminate product then no sanding or finishing will take place.

After completion

Once the finish has dried and cured you can begin moving back into your room. It is highly recommended to place felt pads on the bottoms of any furniture that will come into direct contact with the floor. This will help minimize scratches and dents on your new hardwood floor. To further prevent scratches you can place scatter rugs at all entrances, avoiding those with rubber backs that can discolor your floor. Finally, avoid walking on your floors with cleats or high heels, which can scratch the finish, or dent your floor.

As your floor ages, you should expect to see some change in the color. Because wood is a natural product, it is prone to changes in appearance. In most cases, the change is quite subtle. Direct sunlight, furniture, and rugs can cause a change in color as well, so try to move your furnishings and rugs from time to time to help minimize color variations.

You should also be prepared for spaces to appear and disappear between floor boards during seasons of high and low humidity. Being a product of nature, wood breaths and reacts to changes in humidity and temperature, this can cause temporary spaces in your floor. Generally, anything less than the width of a dime is considered normal, and in most cases, these spaces will correct themselves when the conditions are more favorable. You can help minimize this situation by maintaining a constant humidity in your home, within 20%.

Finally, to keep your wood floors looking their best, you will need to properly care for and maintain them. Follow the instructions on your floor care sheet for cleaning and general floor care.