|Installer - Meet the expert|
Meet Mike the installer! For the record Mike is a real guy.
Mike has been installing hardwood flooring for 15 years. Over the years, Mike has mastered the art of hardwood flooring installation and has become an expert in the selection, installation and maintenance of hardwood flooring. This expertise makes Mike a perfect ‘go to’ person for all of your installation questions. Several frequently asked questions are listed below. However, Mike is also available to answer your specific installation-related questions. You may send your questions to Mike at
What are the top three things a customer should know about the installation of their new hardwood floors?
1) Read and carefully follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Manufacturer guidelines do vary and failure to follow them can cause damage to your floors and/or void your warranty.
What are your favorite wood species and why?
1) I love Brazilian Walnut and Teak. Both are very dense, moisture resistant and durable. When you install these woods, you know they will be around for a long time and will remain in the same condition as when they were originally installed. The superior durability of these woods is why you will frequently find them installed on luxury yachts.
What are the most important installation lessons you have learned in your years in the hardwood industry?
1) Really, the biggest is that water and wood do not mix. I follow the NWFA guidelines for floor installation. Moisture levels for the hardwood should ideally be around 7%. It is important to ensure there is not more than a 3% moisture difference between the sub floor and the hardwoods and the sub floor should never exceed 12%.