You are excited to have your new beautiful hardwood flooring installed in your home. Between the durability and ease of maintenance, it just makes sense to invest in hardwoods. However, before the flooring is installed, there are several questions you need to ask your contractor to help you understand the overall cost and how long the process will take. Here are a few of those questions you should be asking a contractor before your new hardwood flooring is installed.
Can You Receive a Free Estimate Prior to Installation?
From the cost of material to labor and any repairs that are necessary before the flooring is installed, there are several expenses that come with having hardwood flooring installed in your home. Ask the contractor if they will come to your home and provide a free estimate. The estimate should include a detailed list of all the potential costs of the entire installation process.
If the contractor is unwilling to provide a free estimate, consider working with a different professional. The contractor should be transparent about their costs and tell you exactly where your money will be spent on the project.
Do Your Subfloors Require Any Repairs?
One hidden cost of having flooring installed in your home is damage to the subfloor. Depending upon the type of subfloor you have, such as concrete, high-performance panels, or plywood, you may need to have repairs done to the subfloors. These repairs could be anything from leveling out the concrete around the entrances to the rooms to something more complicated, such as replacing the entire plywood subfloor.
These costs need to be figured into the final overall cost of having the floors installed.
Approximately How Long Will the Process Take?
The entire time it takes to remove the existing flooring or carpeting, making any necessary repairs to the subfloor, installing new underlayment, and installing the new flooring can vary depending upon several factors. For example, if you are having flooring installed in several rooms, it will obviously take longer to complete the entire process than if you only have the flooring installed in one room.
Keep in mind that the timeframe the contractor provides will only be an estimate, as unexpected challenges and hiccups can occur that might make it take longer than the contractor had anticipated.
From inquiring about how long the process will take to asking if there is any damage to the subfloor, there are several questions you need to ask your contractor before your new hardwood floors are installed.
Contact a company like Matuta Hardwood Flooring LLC to learn more.