5 Questions to Ask Before Installing Hardwood Floor


When you are looking to upgrade your home, few projects add value and increase the luxury of your home better than hardwood floors. While there are many hardwood flooring options, it is important that you invest the time to pick out the perfect one for your home. After you have surveyed all of the available hardwood flooring options and picked out the perfect type and finish of wood, you should invest the same amount of time finding the best company to install it.

There are a lot of companies that install hardwood flooring, but they are not all created equal. Once you have done online research, read reviews and asked around to friends and family, you should narrow it down to a few companies to question further. Here are the top five questions you should ask before hiring a company to install your hardwood floor.

Are you a member of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA)?

The first thing that you need to find out is if the company you are considering to install your hardwood floor is a member of the NWFA. Installing hardwood flooring is a profession that is constantly changing. Members of the NWFA are always up-to-date with the latest technologies, hardwood flooring options, services, and trends in the hardwood flooring industry.

Are you insured? Can I contact the insurance company for verification?

Before you let anyone begin installing hardwood floors in your home, make sure that they carry the proper insurance. This can protect you in two main ways. First, ensure that the company carries workers’ compensation insurance, in case a worker gets injured while working in your home. Second, ensure that the installation company has liability insurance. This insurance will protect you in case your home is damaged during the installation.

It is important to keep in mind that because a company claims they are insured, it doesn’t mean they actually are. You need to make sure to verify with the insurance company that the insurance is current.

Is this just a quote or the firm price?

Before any hardwood floor installation can begin, you will need to sign a contract with the company doing the installation. This contract will have a price on it along with that is included for the price. It is up to you to find out if the price is firm and guaranteed, no matter what, or if there may be unexpected expenses that arise. Be weary of a company that is greatly lower than the others, unless they can guarantee a firm price.

Do you have references that I can call?

Even after reading online reviews and met with the company, it never hurts to speak with recent customers that actually used the company’s services. Most companies will let you call their customers (after receiving permission) to ask if you were pleased with the service and product installed.

How do you handle the dust?

Installing hardwood floor can be a dirty process, and you should be reassured that the company you hire will keep your home clean. Ask what process is used to keep the sawdust from getting all over your home and if they will treat your home with respect during the installation process.

Once you are enjoying your new gorgeous hardwood floors, you will be very thankful that you invested the time to find the perfect company to install them.

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