Floor Installation: What You Need To Know

Repairing and reconstructing your home or place of business involves a lot of moving parts.

Regardless of why you need new flooring, be it a voluntary remodel or picking up the pieces after a wildfire, a great way to get things back to normal again is through new floor installation.

But how does floor installation actually work in practice? We'll clue you in to what you need to know.

What Is Floor Installation?

carpenter with orange gloves laying the foundation with cement
Floor installation helps add a new look to your home, as well as repairing any damaged flooring

Simply put, floor installation is when experts put new floors into a home or business. Flooring installation happens for a few reasons. Sometimes a home undergoes renovation and needs a new look and feel. A natural disaster sometimes leaves a home or business in disarray, necessitating a new flooring project and extensive repair and reconstruction.

The Flooring Installation Process

First thing's first: you need someone you can trust.

We've heard horror stories of incompetent flooring installation that leaves homeowners and business owners alike dissatisfied. And, depending on the space, it can cost quite a bit, so it's not a decision to take lightly.

With that in mind, it's time to see how to install flooring for your home or business.

Consult A Professional

When thinking about getting new floors, whether due to remodeling or natural disaster, you need someone you can trust with the project. Have the experts come to your residence to consult with them and get an estimate on the project. Feel free to ask questions since this can be a massive undertaking.

Choose Your Material

The second step, and perhaps the most fun, is choosing your flooring material. This step is relatively self-explanatory. Just be sure to consult with the flooring professional about the materials, so they know what to expect.


Before installing new floors, you need to get rid of the old floors. As such, a professional will dismantle and dispose of old flooring.


Now that the room is ready for a brand new floor, it's time to remove any furniture and ensure that the floor is level. Professionals can use materials like plywood to help make the floor level.

Flooring Installation

Now comes the main part: actually installing the flooring. Depending on your material, like hardwood or carpet, this step can vary. Let's look at a few examples.


With laminate, it's simpler than hardwood. The laminate usually has a system where installers can easily click the laminate pieces together. Just be sure to examine the room for which you can expand.

It's always a great idea to leave some room for expansion, just in case anything goes amiss. Apply sealant, and it's done.


Carpet, assisted by carpet tacks, gets glued to the room's subfloor. The subfloor is essentially the foundation which everything lays upon. After installing, it's anchored to the wall, then stretched. After that, add transition strips, and you're done.

Are You Satisfied?

After the experts finish the job, it's time to see if the customer likes what they see. It's crucial that the home or business owner is satisfied with the job. Otherwise, what's the point?

Why Do You Need New Flooring?

Carpenter filling in cracks during the floor installation process
While we wish all new flooring installations were voluntary, a lot occur do to unforseen circumstances

While we wish everyone only needed new flooring to spice up their homes, it's often the latter case where new floors need installing.

For example, let's say you have beautiful hardwood flooring. Its mahogany finish is a great look for your home. However, if a natural disaster, like flooding, occurs, those woods can experience some heavy-duty damage.

Water Damage and Flooring

Water damage, in particular, is devastating to hardwood flooring.

The longer that water sits atop a wooden surface, the more likely your nice hardwood flooring is at risk for various damages. Things like warping, wood discoloration, and even worse, safety hazards like buckling under the pressure of liquid volume can and do occur.

Conclusion: Finding Your Footing With Floor Installation

Now that you know the flooring installation process, it's time to start planning that remodel. But don't forget to take proper precautions to help mitigate flood damage during natural disasters and other unforeseen accidents.

Our flooring guide is a simplified list of how a floor gets a new look and feel. There are complicated and in-depth pieces of flooring know-how that go into every step.

If you have more questions, feel free to reach out and discuss the process in-depth with our professionals.

Either way, installing new floors offers opportunities to let your creativity shine. Whether it's your house or workplace, be sure to get involved in the planning and execution process for peace of mind. And to learn something new, too.

Need some help from the pros? At Five Star, we have a large team with years of flooring experience. Get peace of mind when rebuilding, repairing, or renovating the floors of your home or business.

Give us a call: 951-368-2227

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