Hardwood Flooring Subfloor Best Practices

by Sorin Giurca on November 30, 2018

Hardwood Flooring SubfloorThe Hardwood Flooring Subfloor is As Important as the Hardwood It’s Under

Your Reno/Tahoe hardwood floors can be expected to last as long as your house will. However, that assumption is predicated on your hardwood flooring subfloor having been installed correctly, at every step. An improper installation, preparation or repair on your subfloor will leave it noisy and uneven, or worse.

Ensuring that every step of your hardwood flooring subfloor preparation is done correctly, will make all the difference in the overall quality and longevity of your hardwood floor. The time and effort necessary to do it right the first time is far smaller than the cost of tearing your new hardwood floors out to correct a bad subfloor preparation.

Simple But Crucial Preparation Steps

Whether you’re installing a new hardwood flooring subfloor, repairing a section or just prepping for a new hardwood floor install, these steps will make all the difference.

Clean the Subfloor

Hardwood flooring planks can be relatively thin. Anywhere from a few millimeters to less than an inch thick. Any voids or debris between the hardwood and the hardwood flooring subfloor can cause your finished floors to crack, split, or break free from the adhesive. Those will be huge, costly problems for you, if allowed to remain.

All of the previous floor covering must be completely removed (carpet, padding, leftover adhesives, etc.). Anything sticking up like staples or tack strips needs to be pulled out or hammered down. Sweeping and vacuuming the entire floor space where the new flooring will be installed is next. If your subfloor requires too much prep-work just to clean, replacing it completely may actually be faster, cheaper, and less stressful.

Level the Subfloor

Perfectly leveling the subfloor is essential for a quiet walking surface which will last. Concrete subfloor allows for self-leveling concrete, which hardens evenly across the whole floor. Wooden subfloor tends to be a more involved process. You can layer and taper different materials  like plywood, shims, OSB, or felt paper for minor dips. However as I stated earlier, if a wood subfloor is too warped or degraded, replacing it can be faster, cheaper, and less stressful in the long run.

Install Protective Underlayment

The underlayment works as a barrier and padding to protect your new hardwood floor from moisture. There are a plethora of options available for hardwood floor underlayment. Your specific type of new flooring will dictate what kind you should use with their product. (Read the directions on which side is up!)

Allow Artisan to Do It For You

I might have listed this as the Easy First Step. But why would you want to DIY when we can do it all for you? When you take advantage of Artisan Hardwood Floors to install new floors in your Reno/Tahoe home or office, you get the very best workmanship possible. We also guarantee our work, which doing it yourself doesn’t come with.

If you would like a short conversation about how affordable an investment hardwood floors can be, please contact me right away. I love making new friends.

Sorin Giurca

Master Craftsman, Artisan, Owner


Hardwood Flooring Winter Care Tips

by Sorin Giurca on October 30, 2018

hardwood flooring winter careIt’s Time for Hardwood Flooring Winter Care

Every year around this time I like to offer Hardwood Flooring winter care tips. Here in the Reno/Tahoe area, the two worst enemies to your floor’s finish are standing water and abrasive dirt. Either of which will cause damage to the finish and even the fit. Rain and snow will soon be in our forecasts, so dirty wet floors need to be addressed.

With just a few precautions and a little understanding, keeping the grit and moisture off your floors and out of your house will be a breeze.

Consider Your Immediate Surroundings

Every home or office location in the Reno/Sparks area is different. The kind of surface you installed on your yard or driveway will dictate what kind of measures you’ll need to use. Considering where your home or business is located and the level of foot traffic it sees is also a factor. If you follow a few simple rules for hardwood flooring winter care, your floors will get through the Winter as beautiful as ever.

Prepare for Accidental Messes

As durable as your hardwood floors are, leaving them wet or dirty for a little while won’t ever have as destructive an effect as it would with carpeting. Keeping a mop and dry towels near the front entrance just makes sense though. There are also many affordable, commercial hardwood floor care kits available if you feel the expense is warranted. This will likely be a daily task if you have indoor/outdoor pets.

Ask Everyone to Remove Their Boots or Shoes

This may actually be the most important tip for your hardwood flooring winter care. An old towel spread on the floor makes an excellent place for shoes and boots to dry off. A bench for people to sit on while they remove their footwear is nice. An umbrella stand or coat rack in the entryway can be beautiful as well as functional. All of these serve as a clear indicator that you would like everyone get stocking footed in your home and leave their outerwear & drips by the door. Especially during these winter months.

Keep the Elements Outside

A bristle-type boot cleaner at every entrance is an easy first step. You can find them in local shops and everywhere online, both decorative and effective. Even the door leading into your house from the garage might use one. Welcome mats outside and floor mats inside will help absorb excess moisture, in addition to the scrubbers.

Artisan Hardwood Floors is Here To Help

There are  dozens of additional winter care tips I can offer for your hardwood flooring, and I’m always happy to meet new folks to discuss their flooring concerns. Of course, if you feel you might like a refinish as additional protection against the elements, now is an excellent time to get the work done.

Contact me today, and let’s set up a time to discuss all of the excellent options available to you and the great ways you can take care of your hardwood flooring all year round.

Sorin Giurca

Master Craftsman, Artisan, Owner

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