Nature provides us with a vast variety of wood species. Once you have selected a wood you like, A & R Wood Floors will check the availability of the wood and order it specifically for your job.
Wood Delivery & Acclimation
Acclimation is a very important step in the process.
We will have the wood delivered to your house or job site straight from the distributor. It is recommended to stack the wood in the house, in or as close to the area that is to be installed, for a minimum of 48 to 72 hours before installation. This will let the wood stabilize to the new environment.
After acclimation, the ideal moisture content of the new flooring should be +/- 4% of the existing subfloor.
Floor Preparation & Installation
Before installation of your new hardwood floor, we will cover the sub-floor with a special hardwood flooring underlayment paper. This paper has a dual purpose;
- First, it contains a moisture barrier which will help prevent excessive moisture from your basement or crawl space from attacking the wood flooring from underneath.
- Secondly, it prevents the wood flooring from direct contact with the sub-floor which will help alleviate squeaks in the new floor.
Next, the wood flooring is laid out or “racked” and prepared for installation. The actual nailing goes quickly and although the wood is inspected and graded by the manufacturer, our installers will try to remove unacceptable boards as they install the flooring.
Natural imperfections may exist after installation which is a natural part of the floors beauty.
The standard A & R finish consists of one coat stain and two coats of an oil based polyurethane. Newer latex (water base) finishes are also available upon request.
Although these finishes are dry to the touch within 24 hours it takes a full 7 days to be considered fully cured.
A & R Wood Floors recommends to wait 48 hours before moving furniture back and a full seven days before placing rugs on your new floor. You may choose to move it in sooner, but the surface is still quite soft and susceptible to marring.
Give it time—you’ll be happy that you did.