Carpet Installation and Hardwood Flooring! Shop in Your Own Home!

Updated September 3rd, 2017

Is your carpet looking old, worn and matted down? How about your kitchen flooring? We here at Dover Floor Covering feature all of the newest styles in floor covering including new carpet, hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring, ceramic tile, waterproof flooring, LVT and laminate flooring. Shop for flooring in the comfort of your own home! Dover Floor Covering's mobile showroom on wheels saves time, money and gas. From the comfort of your home you can browse through a myriad of flooring samples making it easy to match your decor in your home's natural lighting.

From soft carpet to new hardwood flooring, that offer beauty and durability, to laminate flooring, ceramic tile and vinyl flooring, Dover Floor Covering has you covered.

Jeff Dean Owner of Dover Floor CoveringNew soft carpet styles by Beaulieu of America and Mohawk are featured for your living room, dining room, bedrooms and hallways. We also carry Mohawk's newest carpet yarn style Triexta! (Smartstrand). Congoleum vinyl products are our preferred cushioned products for kitchens, bathrooms and entry ways. Mohawk ceramic tile is a beautiful addition to any master bath, kitchen, entry or mud room. Laminate floors can be installed or purchased separately for the do-it your selfer.

We Will Not be Undersold on New Carpet or Hardwood Flooring!

Because of our low overhead, we can meet or beat most every price on new flooring! We understand that in the current economy, lower flooring prices are more important than ever. But not only low prices but great value. We only use highly qualified flooring installation crews that are hand picked. You no longer have to "hope" you get a good installer from one of the big box stores. You can know that you will get our best flooring installation crew for your home improvement project. Call today for your in home consultation. 248-889-4253.

Carpet Installation

Dover Floor Covering provides some of the best styles, colors and prices on new carpet. With our low overhead, Dover Floor Covering is dedicated to passing along those savings to our customers! Our company vans are jam packed with enough new carpet samples to fill a small carpet store. We have a large selection of carpet styles that include designer multi-toned cut pile carpets, fashionable berbers, textured weaves, level looped carpet, patterned carpet and more! We also carry every different carpet yarn available. We have nylon carpets, solution dyed nylon carpets, polyester, Smartstrand, olefin and more.

We take great pride in our carpet installation services. Dover Floor Covering only uses high quality carpet installation crews. Our promise to you is to be on the job site on your scheduled installation day. We will be on time and will perform the carpet installation in a professional manner.

Hardwood Floor Installation

Hardwood flooring will add beauty, performance and value to your home. Dover Floor Covering carries a variety of hardwood flooring including: engineered hardwood flooring and solid hardwood flooring. Some of the hardwood species we carry are: oak hardwood flooring, maple, hickory, American cherry, ash, birch, walnut, Brazilian Cherry and lots more. The hand rubbed oil finished hardwood floors are a must see. 

Dover Floor Covering also provides high quality hardwood floor installation. We can install solid hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood flooring or click together floating hardwood flooring. Nail down, staple down, glue down or click, hardwood floor installation is what we specialize in. Call today for an in home consultation.

Vinyl Flooring, Ceramic Tile and Luxury Vinyl Tile

Dover Floor Covering also carries sheet vinyl flooring, ceramic tile, LVT and most every type of flooring available for residential installation. We also carry the new waterproof flooring. This type of flooring is under the LVT banner and is great for wet areas in the home. Areas such as basements, laundry rooms, mud rooms, kitchens and any other room in the home where water may be an issue. Vinyl installation and tile floor installation can also be provided.

We Are a Locally Based Flooring Company!

We serve the fine communities of White Lake, Highland, Milford, Bloomfield Hills, Brighton, Clarkston, Northville, Commerce, Davisburg, Holly, Walled Lake, Wixom, Novi, West Bloomfield, Waterford, Hartland, South Lyon, Oakland County and many, many more.

 

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Updated October 21st, 2017

Do You Need To Acclimate Your Hardwood Before Installation? No!

The hardwood manufacturers would have you believe that you MUST acclimate your wood before the installation. There are good reasons for that but it really isn't a necessity.

Hardwood floor buckling up

Installing hardwood in your home adds beauty, durability and value. So you want to install it the right way. Hardwood, being a natural product, used to be a living thing. But now that the tree has been cut down and milled into a flooring product, it still breathes. Hardwood will adsorb the moisture from the air and expand. Or in cold weather climates, hardwood will dry out when the air in the home is dry. With a forced air furnace running during the colder months, the air in the home can become very dry. Without adequate moisture in the air the wood will contract (shrink). With prolonged bouts of dryness (dry air) the wood can actually start to crack (this will be a discussion for another day: the importance of keeping the relative humidity in your home at a somewhat constant rate and the benefits of it).

But our blog today is on acclimating the wood. Acclimating the wood means having the wood delivered a few days before the actual installation so that it can sit in the home and "acclimate" to the humidity levels in the home.

Why is this important? Well, if you bring out the wood to the job site and the moisture content of the wood is over 2% higher than the base floor then this can cause issues. Issues that the hardwood flooring manufacturer know can and will happen. The most common problem associated with non acclimation is this: let's say that the new hardwood flooring that is to be installed in your home has a moisture content of 6.7%. The plywood subfloor that the hardwood is to be installed over has a moisture content of 9.2% (it's been a humid summer). Now when we install the wood flooring, the higher moisture content will wick up into the new flooring. The new hardwood will start to absorb the moisture out of the subfloor. The new hardwood remember has a moisture content of 6.7% and we are installing it tight together on your substrate.

In a fairly short time frame the moisture levels of the two floorings (the new hardwood and existing plywood subfloor) will become somewhat equal. The subfloor will lose moisture and the new hardwood will gain moisture. So the new hardwood will now expand. Remember earlier in this blog we explained how wood will expand and contract with differing humidity levels.

Hardwood flooring acclimation

So now the wood is installed and expanding. There is really no room for the wood to expand. Because we've installed it with a 6.7% moisture level and now it's closer to 8% after installation, you can get buckling of the floor. Remember, the wood is expanding with no place for it to go. This can and will cause flooring failure and the hardwood flooring manufacturers will not honor ANY warranty claims if the wood was not acclimated properly!

So why do I say that acclimation is not always necessary? Well basically, if the moisture content of the new hardwood and the existing substrate is within 2% then no acclimation is necessary. For example: the hardwood has a moisture content of 7% and the plywood subfloor has a moisture content of 7.5%. This would be okay. The new hardwood floor can tolerate a 2% variance without any installation issues in most cases.

I've always wondered why the hardwood flooring manufacturers would insist on acclimation. My thoughts behind this were based on installing hardwood in the humid summer months here in Michigan. If I brought out the new hardwood to acclimate and the relative humidity in the home/air was extremely high (like over 90%), then why would I want to acclimate the wood. The wood sitting in the home would start to absorb all this moisture and start expanding. Now my 5' wide boards are actually 5.1" wide or more upon installation. This is fine during the humid summer months but in the dry air of winter months, the floor will shrink and gaps will start to form in the flooring between planks. This is especially true on wide boards made of hickory or maple!

The secret is to have the new hardwood flooring be within 2% moisture content of the subfloor (thus avoiding any installation issues) AND have the relative humidity in the air to be between 35% and 55%. This is the optimal situation for hardwood flooring installation. I would rather not bring out and acclimate the new hardwood flooring in a home where the humidity is sky high. Rather, we need to bring down the humidity level in the home before acclimation. Running your air conditioner for about a week before installation of your new hardwood will sufficiently dehumidify your home for optimal installation conditions.

Now, I'm not saying don't acclimate your hardwood flooring because the fact is the flooring manufacturers will not warranty your flooring if it isn't acclimated. They have found it safer to just say acclimate everything. Whether it's needed or not is irrelevant. Most hardwood flooring retailers won't educate the consumers about the requirements of whole house humidity levels and take the easy way out. Acclimate everything....(if you have shrinking during dry months and gaps between planks, the hardwood flooring manufacturers will just say it's normal but is that what you, the consumer, want?).

Acclimate everything. But is it needed everytime? No. If the moisture content in the new hardwood is within 2% of the basefloor then no acclimation is really needed.

What about engineered flooring? Does it need to be acclimated since it is much more dimensionally stable compared to solid hardwood? Now that's a blog for another day.......