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Are you thinking about installing hardwood flooring in your Toronto-area home? With the right planning, it can be a wonderful and exciting addition for a homeowner.

But, much like any other flooring installation, there are certain things you need to keep in mind when planning to install hardwood.

If you have no idea where to begin, The Reno Superstore has provided this useful guide. Learning what steps to take both before and after installing hardwood flooring in your Toronto-area home is extremely beneficial, given the significant investment you are making.

Let’s get started.

Considerations for Installing Hardwood Floors in Toronto: Before & After

Installing hardwood in your Toronto home is a big decision, so it’s best to understand exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Here’s how to prepare for it.

What to Do Before Installing Hardwood Flooring

Before you begin laying down hardwood flooring in your Toronto-area home, here are some things you need to do.

1. Consider Your Lifestyle

Think about the amount of care you are willing to give your hardwood floors. This is very important; never make this expensive choice based on the aesthetics of hardwood alone. This means understanding the pros and cons of installing hardwood floors in your Toronto-area home.

Consider Your Lifestyle

For instance, if you have children and/or pets, you may want to select a hardwood species and finish that is more resilient to wear and scratches. To ensure that your hardwood floors continue to look their best for years to come, you also need to commit to a regular maintenance schedule. This includes vacuuming, sweeping, and perhaps even refinishing from time to time.

Knowing this will enable you to choose and install hardwood floors that are suited to your needs and lifestyle while assisting you in making a well-informed decision.

2. Create a Budget

Installing hardwood floors in Toronto, as anywhere, is a big, costly undertaking. Therefore, it is crucial to approach it realistically. That includes adding the cost of extra materials (such as mouldings and transitions), installation, subfloor preparation, and shipping. By accurately projecting your expenses, you can narrow down the hardwood options available and select the best option for your budget.

If you are on a tight budget, look into discount hardwood at Toronto flooring stores like The Reno Superstore. We offer easy financing options starting on purchases over $50.

3. Select the Right Hardwood

Start by selecting the right hardwood flooring. This one can be difficult, with so many species available. So, it is a good idea to take your time and get familiar with various common species, such as oak, maple, and hickory.

Each hardwood species has a different hardness, ranked using the Janka hardness scale. (The higher the Janka rating, the harder the wood is.) Pay close attention to this when making your selection. For very high-traffic areas, we recommend installing hardwood that ranks high. Common species like oak, maple, and hickory are good choices for normal residential usage.

Below is a quick look at different hardwoods and their Janka ratings.

List of Hardwoods and Their Janka Rating
Black Cherry 950
Red Oak (Northern) 1290
Yellow Birch 1260
Ash 1320
White Oak 1335
Hard Maple 1450
Black & White Ebony 1780
Hickory 1820

4. Acclimatize the Product

So, you have bought the best hardwood flooring option for your budget and lifestyle. Do you start installing it right away in your Toronto home? No. You need to acclimatize your hardwood flooring products before installing them properly.

Check out our guide to acclimatizing hardwood flooring to make sure you get it right. If you have any questions, ask The Reno Superstore for advice. Skipping this step will likely result in a subpar installation and flooring issues such as gaps or cupping.

5. Hire Pro Hardwood Installers

A poor installation will undo all the thought you put into selecting and acclimatizing the hardwood flooring you bought for your Toronto-area home. We understand that going the DIY route may seem the best way to save, but installing hardwood flooring requires expertise, tools, and time.

Additionally, layout patterns such as herringbone, parquet, and others require skill; it is no project for a first-time do-it-yourselfer. Making mistakes will cost you a lot to fix and cause future issues, so we suggest hiring skilled installers instead.

On that note, be sure to take your time to choose the right installers. That includes asking the right questions when interviewing prospective contractors. Note: The Reno Superstore offers affordable flooring installation services, so feel free to contact us for your project.

Hire Pro Hardwood Installers

6. Read the Manufacturer’s Guidelines

Too few homeowners and flooring contractors do this, and the result can be a voided warranty if you experience any problems with the product in the future.

Note: discounted hardwood flooring from reputable manufacturers may not be under warranty. Be sure to confirm this when buying from a Toronto-area store like The Reno Superstore.

What to Do After Installing Hardwood Flooring

These post-installation steps are just as important as the pre-installation ones. Let’s take a look at what they are.

1. Wait an Appropriate Length of Time

How long you will have to wait to walk on your newly installed hardwood floors will vary depending on the type of flooring you choose.

Although prefinished hardwood flooring greatly reduces the curing time, you should still wait 12 to 24 hours before moving furniture into the room or walking on it. This will guarantee that the glue has properly settled, resulting in longer-lasting floors.

Site-finished flooring will require more time because it must be finished and sanded on location. Urethane wood finishes for site-finished flooring normally take 4 to 6 hours to dry, so it is advisable to wait at least a week before bringing in furniture.

It is recommended that you wait a minimum of 48 hours before walking on oil-finished site floors. The oil takes roughly 10 days to cure and seep into the wood completely. After 10 days you can move in the furniture without fear of damage or staining.

2. Control Temperature and Humidity

Hardwood flooring installation in Toronto or anywhere else needs continued care and attention. No matter how well your hardwood flooring has been installed, it will require you to maintain an adequate temperature and humidity.

Natural materials like wood are sensitive to variations in humidity and temperature. If your house is excessively hot and dry, your wood floors will shrink and create floor gaps. However, too much moisture can lead to cupping, buckling, and other problems. Maintain a 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit temperature and 30-50 percent humidity. Use a humidifier during the cold, dry seasons and a dehumidifier in the summer. Your wood floors will thank you.

3. Use Area Rugs or Carpets

Like any other flooring, hardwood flooring has some downsides, one of which is that it can fade or darken over time. While this adds to its charm, some people may not prefer it. If that’s you, try using area rugs, carpets, or heavy curtains in areas exposed to direct sunlight. This will help prevent the colour from changing/fading.

4. Implement Regular Cleaning

The hardwood flooring in your Toronto home will eventually show signs of wear and tear, so inspect it regularly. Consider refinishing your floors every few years to restore their appearance and protect them from damage.

Accidental spills should be cleaned immediately to avoid staining and damaging floors. Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly damp cloth (never wet); then thoroughly dry the area. If you are worried about scratches and dents from shoes, use a mat at your front door and trim your pet’s nails. Hardwood flooring is very durable and will last for years with the right care and maintenance.

Installing hardwood flooring is an exciting change that can transform your Toronto home and add value. Understanding what you are getting into and caring for your floors protects your investment. These suggestions have been carefully chosen to ensure you pick the right product and care for it correctly. We hope you can now make the right choice for your home. If you have any additional questions or need any help, contact The Reno Superstore team. We are always here to help.

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