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Question DetailsAsked on 7/11/2015

I have purchased laminate flooring from Costco and need to find an experienced installer.

2 bedroom condo in Mission Beach (Zip is 92109). Flooring will go in living room, hallway, and 2 bedrooms. We have removed the existing carpet, pad, and tack strips from the concrete floor. Installer will need to remove glue and prepare the concrete surface, provide moisture barrier and provide foam sheeting. We have 38 cartons of Harmonics Camden Oak Laminate Flooring 20.15sf/box (765sf). Flooring area is approx 740sf.

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look up local wood floor installers in your area.

Answered 4 years ago by the new window man


Make sure the flooring is stored (and not directly on concrete - can absorb moisture from concrete) in the rooms it is going to be installed in for a week at least before the job, so it can acclimate. And if a solid-wrapped box the plastic wrapping may need to be pre-stripped to allow for moisture acclimitization - natural materials flooring sometimes comes in breathable (perforated) wrapping, sometimes comes in very dry and tightly wrapped so it does not pick up moisture in transit (especially if from Asia) so has to be unwrapped to air out and adapt to your specific install location moisture level - read instructions, usually on back of box but sometimes on a flyer inside the top of the box.

And double check NOW that all boxes show same brand/ name, and sort by lot number - ideally should all be same lot number to look identical, but at least sort by lot number by room and put odd lots in closeets or darker areas - commonly halls.

Also check with flooring contractor on quantity he wants available - 765 SF of material for a 740sf job is 3+% excess - on the marginal side for normal rectangular rooms to my figuring, real lean if wide planks or doing stairs or non-rectangular rooms - he might want more spare material - or an agreement that any shortfall means a closet or two does not get the same treatment. Normal excess I like to see is 3%-5% on laminate (simple to more complex layout), 5% on normal narrow-plank hardwood jobs, up to 10% for ultra-wide (10 inch and wider) work, and up to 15-20% on recycled bundled (not individually selected) dimensional flooring boards. And of course higher numbers respectively if mixing sytles/colors or doing inlays or detailed (not just alternating row) patterns. Bear in mind you probably want a box or two spare to store in a dark place (separated by fabric tissue paper) spare for future repairs anyway.

Flooring is your Search the List category - and make sure the bid/contract states that the contractor accepts your owner-furnished materials as suitable and in good condition (subject to any he finds are bad in mid-box) - but bear in mind that by providing the flooring material yourself you have eliminated any warranty on his part related to the material itself, whjich means you have a potential fight on your hands if there is any warranty claim that could be blamed on the materials.

And of course, because you provided the flooring, any shortfall due to defects in the boxes (which can range from zero to a very high percentage these days - I have also seen boxes with one color on top and something else for the rest of the box) - but nothing you can do about that short of carefully emptying each box (without damaging box) and checking all pieces now, then carefuylly slipping back into the box so they stay properly restrained during storage. Do NOT take out and just stack up on blocking or such - without the box restraint they may well warp (bow, cup, twist or crook) as they acclimate - and that also makes the acclimitization too fast, so promotes warping.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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