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What to Expect with Hardwood Flooring Installation

Making the switch to hardwood flooring will elevate your home’s design. However, the hardwood flooring installation process can be a bit daunting. By preparing for installation and knowing what to expect, you can get your home ready for the upcoming transformation. 

What Is the Hardwood Flooring Installation Process?


As you prepare for hardwood flooring installation, you’ve likely completed a consultation with the flooring company. You’ve picked out the perfect hardwood floor color and material, and now the company will need to measure your space. This happens during a home visit. 

Before any work begins, a contractor will visit your home to measure the room and help you prepare for installation day. They can tell you which items and furniture to clear away ahead of time. Be sure to ask any questions that come up while the contractor is there. You should plan to have the space clear before installation day.  


The hardwood flooring installation process can last several days, depending on the size of your space and type of flooring. Installation may also take longer if the subfloor is in poor condition, since the contractors won’t be able to lay panels right away. The flooring contractors will estimate a timeline for your installation based on these factors. 

During this time, you can expect some disruption to your daily routine. Flooring installation can be noisy and dusty, and your family will need to stay out of the room where installation is happening. The contractors might hang plastic sheets to block off the installation area and contain dust. Be sure to plan ahead if you have young children and/or pets, since they may require extra supervision during installation.

After Care

Once the installation process is complete, the flooring contractor may ask you to stay off of the new floor while the materials adhere and the finishing coat dries. You may also need to temporarily keep furniture off the surface. The after care process can vary, since vinyl hardwood flooring will have different care requirements than oak hardwood flooring, for example. Be sure to follow the flooring company’s instructions carefully to keep your new flooring in place and free of scratches. 

A smooth hardwood flooring installation process starts with the right flooring professional, and the team at Ozburn-Hessey Company is committed to your satisfaction. With decades of experience, our family-owned and operated business offers quality flooring and ceiling products in Nashville, TN. Contact us today to learn more about our products and book your flooring installation.

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