The durability of your hardwood floors is not just in the quality of the wood used; it’s in the installation as well. You could purchase the best wood in the world, it won’t mean anything if it’s not installed correctly. The last thing you want to see in your new floor is moving, cracking, and lifting! When your new floors are installed, there are a few basic steps that need to be taken to ensure quality and durability…
Step One: Remove the old flooring:
Old flooring is, often times, NOT something you can just lay the new floor over and pretend it’s not there. Think about it, the base of anything literally lays the foundation for any project. You wouldn’t start a row of paver stones when you know the ground is not smooth, right? Your wall will eventually just topple over. The same way with flooring; if your old flooring or subfloor (most of the time plywood) isn’t smooth, your new floor won’t be either.
Because of this, we rip up the old flooring and either sand down the subfloor to make it smooth, or replace it all together.