We are members of the national wood floor association. As such we strive to live up to the standards for hardwood flooring contractors as laid out on their web site. However, we can only control what we do. Other people can affect the results of our work for the worse if they don't follow our instructions. To give you the best results with your floors we've decided to publish these short instructions. More detailed information regarding the points made on this page can be found on our FAQ page.
Maintain humidity. Keep the humidity in your project stable at a percentage that you are going to want when you are living there. This needs to happen before the flooring arrives for its acclimatisation.
After the floors have acclimatized, the installation will begin. We understand that due to time issues sometimes other trades will want to be present during the installation stage. This needs to be kept to a minimum as we will be unable to install flooring where other people are working.
After the installation is done and the filler is applied no one can walk on the floors until the project is done.
There must be heat on site from a proper furnace. Many builders use a temporary electric furnace or portable electric heaters. A kerosene construction heater will interfere with the drying of the glue, filler and varnish and is not approved for heating an unventilated enclosed space. Allow the floors to dry before covering with construction paper or card board. Floors must be protected from damage from paint splatter and/or any other trades that follow us.
To maintain your floors, don't clean them with water or any chemical until the varnish cures. The cure time is different from one varnish to another and from one house to another. Follow the maintenance methods mentioned in the FAQ section of the web site.