Proper installation is vital to create the look you want and ensure that it holds up over time. Installing flooring can be complicated: subfloors may have to be prepped and/or levelled, rooms aren’t all evenly square, and there may also be patterning.

Our qualified installation team is experienced in the installation of every kind of flooring including the very latest in Hardwood Flooring, Laminates, LVT, and Carpet. When we install your floors, you can be certain that we'll meet your expectations every time. Our experts are experienced and professionals – they arrive equipped with the right tools for the job, so it can be done promptly and efficiently, minimizing disruption to your home and ensuring the installation goes as smoothly as possible. Floors Etc. has spent many years satisfying customers in the Houston area by always providing a top-quality installation whether the project is large or small.

SYSTEMS

Floating Floor (2 available systems)


  • Click Lock | Snap Lock | VersaLock™ System
    • Patented click lock system – no glue or nails required
    • A “click” floor is similar to tongue-and-groove, but instead of fitting directly into the groove, the board must be angled or “tapped” in to make the curved or barbed tongue fit into the modified groove.
    • Pros:
      • Clean installation – avoid the mess of using glue
      • Repairs are easier, since you can remove the damaged planks without worrying about destroying the locking “tongues.”
  • VersaFit™ System
    • Shaw patented LVT technology – allows for 3 different installation methods
      • Loose-lay (float)
      • Full-spread (glue-down)
      • Perimeter glue (hybrid float and glue)




Tongue and Groove


  • One side and one end of the plank have a groove, the other side and end have a tongue (protruding wood along an edge’s center).
  • The tongue and groove fit snugly together, thus joining or aligning the planks, and are not visible once joined.
  • Depending on flooring type, tongue-and-groove flooring can be installed by:
    • Nail-Down
    • Staple
    • Glue-Down
    • Floating





METHODS

Nail Down Flooring


  • Installed on screeds (1X4 or 2X4 short length pine) and mastic (tar) over concrete subfloor or on wooden subfloor.
    • Mastic acts as a moisture barrier
    • Nails allow for the most natural expansion and contraction of the hardwood floorboards.




Stapled Flooring


  • Installed on screeds and mastic or wooden subfloor.
  • Not recommended for exotics.
  • Will give a stronger, less-forgiving hold than nailed down because of its two-pronged construction.




Glue Down Flooring


  • Is glued directly to concrete slab
  • A layer of mastic is placed onto the sub-floor using a trowel.
  • The wood pieces are laid on top of the glue and hammered into place using a rubber mallet.




Floating Floor


  • Is not attached to the slab or subfloor but “floats” on top
  • Most can be installed over existing ceramic tile or vinyl and can be installed where there is higher moisture content with the use of a moisture or vapor barrier.





SUBFLOOR | SLAB PREP

Leveling


Slabs / Subfloors must be level when installing any floor. Achieved 1 of 2 ways: 1. Floating

NOTE: There is additional cost for this prep, which cannot be assessed in your proposal as it is impossible to determine the state of your subfloor until your existing floor has been removed. (a good guideline = 1 bag/100 sq. ft.).

Floors Etc. uses only what is necessary and adds this charge, if needed, to your Job Completion invoice. This exclusion will be noted on your proposal.

2. Building up the subfloor with plywood and/or felt paper.




Moisture Testing


Floors Etc. determines the moisture content of all jobs’ subflooring ( and, of course, the wood flooring) by using a hand-held moisture meter. NWFA acceptable moisture content falls between 6.1 and 9.4% https://floorsetc.info/NWFA_mag_070218 Because we live in Houston, with a much higher relative humidity level than average, we cannot stress enough the importance of using your home’s HVAC system to ensure proper ( lower) indoor relative humidity levels.





BY TYPE

Laminate Flooring


  • Acclimation: depends on manufacturer guidelines (can be up to 48-hours)
  • Underlayment Required? Yes
    • Some products come with underlayment already attached.
  • Floating Floor
    • Can be installed over:
      • Wood, Vinyl, or Ceramic
      • Substrates of Wood or Concrete using a moisture barrier
    • Connections:
      • Tongue and Groove
      • Snap Lock
  • Time: Can take 1 to several days, depending on square footage and the amount of prep required.




Hardwood Flooring


Floors Etc. adheres to the National Wood Flooring Association’s installation guidelines for the installation of hardwood flooring. We install all domestic and exotic species of wood flooring. Providing you with a high-quality finished product is the top priority for us. We install all styles of hardwood flooring including strip, parquet, prefinished, wide plank, inlays, custom patterns and borders.

  • Custom/Jobsite Finished
    • Acclimation: 7 days between installation and sanding
    • Underlayment Required? Possibly
    • Installation: Nail down or Stapled
      • Exception: Glue-down shorts
    • Time: Job site sanding and finishing can take several days to over a week depending on square footage, stains, and number of coats of top finish.
      Maintenance
NOTE: These materials must be installed in a climate-controlled environment.




LVT Flooring


  • Acclimation: Most LVT does not require acclimation.
  • Underlayment Required? Yes
    • Some products come with underlayment already attached.
  • Installation:
    • Floating Floor:
      • Can be installed over:
        • Wood, Vinyl, or Ceramic
        • Substrates of Wood or Concrete using a moisture barrier
    • Glue-Down
  • Time: Can take 1 to several days, depending on square footage, installation method, and the amount of prep required.




Carpet


Floors Etc. follows installation guidelines from the carpet manufacturer and/or those set forth in the CRI Installation Standard.

  • Carpet must be power-stretched for proper installation to minimize wrinkling and rippling.
  • Seam edges must be sealed with an appropriate adhesive to prevent delamination and edge ravel.
  • Although Floors Etc. tries to minimize the number of seams and joins used, they are unavoidable in large rooms, angled areas and in doorways between rooms.
    • Seams will be placed in less visible areas – even so, please don’t expect seams to be invisible.
    • Floors Etc. avoids head seams when at all possible – this process ensures the fewest number of seams and the most subtle placement of seams possible.
  • Time: Can take 1 to several days, depending on square footage, room layout, and the amount of prep required.




Underlayment


Underlayment

  • Provides a smooth base for the floor.
  • Can act as a moisture barrier.
    • If subfloor moisture levels are too high, Floors Etc. will make a determination on how best to address situation (e.g.: moisture resistant epoxy, etc.)
  • Limits noise and adds insulation.
    • If sound barrier is required (especially in high-rises) Floors Etc. will meet with Building Engineer to ensure compliance with HOA requirements
  • Cushioned materials such as foam and cork are ideal beneath floating floors.
  • Vinyl- and plastic-lined underlayments are best in moisture-prone areas.




Trims, Transitions, and Moldings


No floor is complete without those special final touches. Floors Etc. makes sure that your floor has just the right moldings to give your room a finished look. Moldings are custom stained to match your hardwood floor or can be primed for paint by your professional painters. Floors Etc. installs these details as required on all jobs, unless otherwise indicated on your custom proposal.

These detailings will be installed as required on all jobs. If you would like deluxe moldings ( squared, etc.), please speak to us - they are available for an additional charge.





BEFORE | DURING | AFTER

Before Installation


Now that you’ve selected your new flooring, we will schedule your professional installation. To make this installation as smooth as possible, we have prepared a general pre-installation checklist. Here you’ll find general guidelines that should be followed prior to the installation of your new flooring. If needed, we will provide you with a customized list of responsibilities in your proposal as not all guidelines will apply to all projects. Please note that Floors Etc. typically recommends that flooring work is done after all other trades have completed their work.




Client Responsibilities - Pre-Installation Checklist


  • If you have a preference for the direction of the pattern or layout of your flooring, you will need to discuss it with us prior to finalizing your project plans. Custom patterns and/or layouts can require additional material.
  • Baseboards and moldings, in most installations, can be left in place, but we cannot be responsible for any damage that may occur.
  • Complete other remodeling projects in the room, such as wallpapering or painting, before installing new flooring.
  • Remove all breakable items from the project area and detach and store wiring from TVs, stereos, and computers.
  • Remove all hanging objects in the area of installation.
  • Disconnect and move electronics, appliances or computers.
  • We will need access to a location to store and cut flooring materials.
  • We will need access to electrical power in the installation area.
  • If your installation requires sanding, it is a good idea to cover all cupboards and furniture in the area.
  • Empty the contents of china cabinets, closets and the like. Remove all furniture and other objects and materials from the project areas.
  • In some cases, Floors Etc. will move the furniture for you for an added cost. If there is a large amount of furniture to move and/or store during the Floors Etc. process, we suggest contacting our trusted partner, Richard Jensen Moving Company.
https://floorsetc.info/RichardJensensMoving
  • We recommend that all painting is complete before we begin the installation process.
  • Rooms and closets that will be resurfaced must be emptied (at least the lower racks) prior to the arrival of the installation crew.
  • Relocate any valuable items near the area of installation.
  • Determine who will remove and safely dispose of existing flooring.
    • This is typically included in the price of your proposal as a Floors Etc. responsibility.
      • We recommend allowing us to do this, as it can be a time consuming and messy task.
    • If you prefer to remove your present floor covering, we ask that you please do it at least one day prior to scheduled installation to allow for cleanup and floor preparation.
  • If you are removing old carpet:
    • Vacuum the old carpet to avoid the possibility of airborne dust and dirt.
      • After the old carpet and cushion are removed, vacuum the subfloor as well.
    • Please remove tack strips and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.
    • If you plan to dispose of the debris, please ensure that you make plans to do so responsibly
      • Check for carpet recycling options in your area.
    • If you plan to have Floors Etc. dispose of the debris you removed, please communicate this to us in the planning stages so we can plan. Please note there will be a disposal charge.




Floors Etc. Responsibilities - For Sand and Finish Jobs


In addition to ensuring that you get a beautiful floor, we also promise to treat your home like it was ours - we take extra care to protect everything - this question comes up most often during our sand and finish process. We always:

  • Hang plastic to adjacent areas, all baseboards, risers, skirt boards &/or pickets are protected with blue tape, return air is covered and AC is turned off.
  • Use a dust containment system for the sanding process of wood floors. This process:
    • Keeps your home much cleaner than alternative methods.
    • Greatly reduces the dust and mess traditionally associated with the process of sanding wood floors.
    • Significantly reduces air-borne dust, but we do not call it “dust free” since it is impossible to remove all dust.
  • Remove and properly dispose of all trash after completing the project ( NOTE: This applies to ALL jobs)




Door Plan - Be Prepared With One


When new flooring is installed, there’s always the possibility that the doors may no longer close properly. Don’t worry – Floors Etc. will talk to you about whether or not this is likely to happen during your on-site consultation.

  • If your new flooring changes (lowers) the surface height at your exterior door (e.g.: due to tear out; change from soft surface to hard surface; etc.), you might be faced with a gap at the base of your door. If this happens, we suggest you contact our trusted partner, Hoelscher Weatherstrip Mfg. Co.
https://floorsetc.info/HoelscherWeatherstrip
  • If your new flooring surface sits higher than your previous floor (e.g.: thicker carpet; hard surface installed on top of existing floor; etc.), your interior doors – bedrooms, closets, etc. – may not close properly and may need to be shaved down. If this happens, we suggest you make arrangement with a qualified contractor or carpenter to provide this service after the installation of your new floor.




During Installation


  • BE AVAILABLE

    • Be prepared to be available the day of installation in case the installation crew has questions.

    • Because it is difficult to estimate the length and circumstances of each job, we may not be able to give you an exact time of arrival – however, most large jobs start in the morning between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.

      • We ask for your flexibility – we promise to keep you apprised of any unforeseen schedule changes.

  • KEEP YOUR LOVED ONES SAFE

    • Our installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous.

      • Please make sure that everyone – especially your children – including the furry ones – are kept out of the work area on installation day(s).

  • TAKE TIME FOR A WALK-THRU

    • Prior to the completion of the installation, please take the time to walk through the job with us. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and be clear on any final details. This is also a good time to make a punch list of anything that you believe needs our attention.




After Installation


  • TAKE TIME FOR THE FINAL WALK-THRU

    • Once the installation has been completed, thoroughly inspect your flooring and bring any concerns to our attention immediately.

Floors Etc. Pro Tip

Painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete. If necessary, this will be your responsibility – our Team is excellent, and the need for this is rare, but these things do happen...

  • CLEAR THE AIR

    • If you are sensitive to odors, good ventilation should be established.

      • Some of the chemicals used in flooring process can linger after installation – please be prepared to provide the room with adequate ventilation.




Jobsite Finished Hardwoods - Dry Time


Dry Time v. Cure Time

Dry Time is when you a finish has dried and cured enough so that you can walk on it so that it will not sustain any damage from carefully walking on it – this is generally considerably less than cure time, and we promise we’ll tell you when it is safe to walk on your new flooring surface once we’ve completed our work.

Cure Time is the time it takes for all the solvents, etc. to evaporate from the finish, for the fumes and smell to stop being released and for it to fully harden, which depends on the type of finish as well as temperature, airflow and humidity levels.

Below are Floors Etc.'s recommended guidelines according to finish type:

Wax Finish / Hardwax Oils
  • Socks: same day
  • Shoes: next day
  • Pets: 2 days
  • Furniture: 1 to 2 days
  • Rugs: 5 days
Oil-Based Polyurethane
  • Socks: 1 day
  • Shoes: 2 days
  • Pets: 10 days
  • Furniture: 7 to 10 days
  • Rugs: 30 days
Water-Based Polyurethane
  • Socks: 1 day
  • Shoes: 2 days
  • Pets: 7 days
  • Furniture: 5 to 7 days
  • Rugs: 14 days





FLOORING INSTALLATION

Reviews...

Very Professional and always willing to go the extra mile to help out a client. I have used them twice. Once to install new carpet and this past July to refinish some hardwood stairs. They are considerate of your time, their product is top quality and their price is fair. I will use them again when needed.

Very Professional

I had a great experience with Floors Etcetera. They refinished my floors, and they did an excellent job—double excellent. I'd recommend them to anybody. It was A-quality work.

Great Experience

I had an absolutely positive experience with them. I would say Floors Etcetera is A+. I've already recommended them.

Already recommended them

It was pretty much effortless for us. They brought samples, measured, and laid 1,500 square feet of carpet. They're an A.

They're an A

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