Hardwood Flooring Installation in Edmonton
Touchwood Flooring installs all the hardwoods that we carry. We are experienced with traditional nail down installations as well as glue down installations, used mainly in Condos and in Basements. We can install your hardwood flooring in Herringbone and Chevron patterns, which continues to be a favourite.
You also have the option for us to make and install exact match wooden accessories such as custom wood floor vents, nosings, solid stair treads etc.
Preparation for your installation is also optional. You can choose to do it yourself or have us come in to get your space ready. These options will be discussed at your in-home consultation and will be included in your detailed estimate.
Installing hardwood floors can change the look of your home and elevate the style of any room. Our knowledgeable staff are happy to explore every option for your installation and find the best style and material that suits your home and lifestyle.
Why Hire a Professional Hardwood Installer?
While we love the can-do attitude of “do it yourselfers”, the process of actually installing hardwood floors requires a level of experience. Unlike installing vinyl plank or laminate, hardwood flooring installation requires a special type of knowledge and tools.
From the very beginning of your project until the last plank has been laid, our team works to ensure the end results are amazing. We will get the job done right the first! In addition, most of our equipment is attached to dust control vacuums meaning you can expect some dust but it is much more limited.
Hardwood Floor Warranty
Touchwood Flooring offers an industry-leading 5-year installation warranty on all our hardwood installations. We are able to do that because of long-time crews who do great work. Many of our crews have been with us for over 10 years.
The Cost of Installing Hardwood Floors
We get it: installing a hardwood floor can be a costly endeavour. So it makes sense that many homeowners when faced with a floor renovation, decide that the most logical cost to cut would be on installation. Unfortunately, improper installation (due to the steep learning curve of installing hardwood) can cost you more in the long run. In fact, of the costs associated with hardwood installation, the actual installation cost is only about 25% of the cost of the new Hardwood floor.
Installing Hardwood Over In-floor Heating
You can install hardwood flooring over in-floor heating. Depending on the subfloor, most engineered hardwood flooring can be floated, glued or nailed over in-floor heat. Solid hardwood, however, is not warrantied over in-floor heat. Always check the manufacturer warranties to be sure.
Installations over in-floor heating require additional attention. For example, over concrete, a compatible sealer is used prior to the recommended adhesive, and over Gypcrete, both a primer and sealer are applied before the glue or else the entire floor needs to be screened before the install. Systems must be tested prior to the install and turned off prior to glue down.
For nail downs, shorter fasteners are used to prevent penetration of the tubes or wires, and tubes are not to run tight against the underside of the subfloor.
Most warranties hinge on a maximum subfloor surface temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and may mandate the inclusion of thermal sensors (small heat-sensitive strips) under the flooring during the installation.
Hardwood Installation in Basements and Condos
Successful basement installs start with the selection of the right material, specifically warrantied for below-grade (basements) and condos. This means an engineered hardwood, no solid wood floors, which leaves you with a large number of choices for floating or glue-down installs.
For basements, any issues with an excessive moisture content of the slab or relative humidity of the air should be resolved prior to hardwood installation. The addition of a backwater valve and back up sump pump prior to installation would also help provide some peace of mind (and is a good idea regardless).
Acclimatizing Hardwood Flooring Before Installation
Hardwood flooring used to require an acclimation period of 1-2 weeks. Nowadays, most products are dried between 6-8% moisture content and/or are engineered to only require a day or two acclimation time. Also, with advanced technology, we use a thermal hygrometer to test the subfloor and the hardwood to ensure they are within 2% moisture content between the two surfaces.
Review our Preparation checklist so you know what to expect during the process, including what you need to do to be prepared for install day! It all begins with selecting the right hardwood for your situation and then getting a quote. You can come to visit our showroom first and bring home samples, or we can bring samples to you if you know what you want. Contact us today!