Hardwood Floor Installation

Hardwood Floor Installation ChicagoWhen it comes to choosing the right floors to install in your home, you can look to our field supervisors to help you make an informed decision.

Whether that means laminate, engineered or solid hardwood floors you can count on us to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information available. We will walk you through every step of the installation process and help answer any questions you might have.

Most of our customers are moved in and living in their homes when they call us to install new floors therefore we make sure that all of our installers work with the upmost care for your personal belongings. We make sure to always have a spotless working area and to clean up after ourselves, ensuring that your home is in showroom conditions

Tom & Peter Flooring works with all different types of solid or engineered flooring.

From the rustic hand scrapped grade to the select. including wide and long plank flooring, multiple width flooring, diagonal flooring, parquet flooring, reclaimed wood or hardwood flooring, for further customization choose between hand-scraped flooring. and more. The aforementioned styles come in smooth finishes and distressed finishes We have a wide variety of species, colors, and grain variations that beautifully display the character of the wood to give a warm and welcoming appearance that will enrich your home.

Our Attention To Detail…

Prior to even starting the actual hardwood floor installation there are many things to keep in consideration like the moisture content levels in the subfloor, the condition of the subfloor itself, the existence of squeaks in the subfloor, the acclimation process, the subfloor sheet edges, and the coordination of the walls. If all these issues aren’t properly addressed in a professional manner, your hardwood floor will end up as one lousy investment. We like to say that we are quit different from many hardwood flooring companies because we don’t just install your hardwood flooring. We take all those extra precautions to make sure your floor is an investment you will cherish for a life time.

1) When getting ready to install a new hardwood floor,

we will first arrive on the job site and measure the moisture content of the subfloor. If moisture content is high that issue needs to be addressed prior to deliver of material.

2) Then we will deliver the flooring materials

to the job-site and give it time to acclimate to the environment of the house. Upon acclimation, the materials should be within 4% range of the moisture content in the subfloor. (Improperly acclimated flooring will buckle, shrink, squeak or warp)

3) Once flooring acclimates, the subfloor is inspected

for any hills and valleys. The edges of subfloor sheets are sanded with an flooring edger machine as they are offer a bit higher than the subfloor itself.

4) A full inspection for squeaks

is performed and additional screws/fasteners are added to the subfloor to eliminate those squeaks.

5) An underlayment paper is layer out on the subfloor

to perform as a moisture barrier between the hardwood flooring and the subfloor.

6) For proper installation, the coordination of the walls are measure

and flooring is installed parallel to the wall structures.

7) We clean up all the mess.

Both our work site and the newly installed flooring is cleaned and vacuumed. We haul away all the saw dust, trash, and packaging materials.

Hardwood Floors Delivery before Installation 

Before your hardwood is delivered one of our experts will inspect the jobsite to ensure that it’s ready to receive the material. Excess moisture conditions will delay delivery. If the job site meets the necessary condition, we’ll work closely with you in order to make the necessary delivery arrangements based on the accessibility and location of the site. In Addition, our Chicago flooring representative will contact you prior to the arrival of the material to address any questions you may have. Typically, we’re unable to track the exact time materials are set to be delivered to customers but we’ll make a follow-up call to verify if the delivery was successful.

Your hardwood flooring material will be delivered to the job site at least 7 or 14 days before installation to allow the wood to acclimate properly to the new environment. That is, to allow the moisture content of the material to adjust to the new environment. Items should be placed in the room they are to be installed.

Hardwood at The Jobsite

Temperature and humidity changes inside your building will affect the hardwood causing it to expand and contract, therefore, proper storage is imperative. Once delivered, it’s up to you to ensure that the wood is stored in the correct environment. Never store the wood in your garage, basement or on the porch. Your Chicago flooring materials should be stored in an enclosed room with windows and doors. Air conditioning should be adjusted to stabilize the moisture content in the room. The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) recommends that the area should be kept at a 45 to 50% relative humidity.

Moisture Barrier for Wood Floors

All concrete slabs contain water, and the moisture content can change yearly. If your concrete emits water vapor, it could enter your wood floor, causing it to warp, split, cup, shrink, or delaminate.  A moisture barrier will be used for your wood floor. We have several degrees of protective moisture barrier’s that can be installed over concrete or plywood. Some of our moisture barrier’s also have the added benefit of sound suppression.

Water Restoration of Wood Floors

If your wood floor has experienced water damage, we will work with you and your insurance company to repair the damage, and to give you peace of mind knowing that your moisture problem is taken care of. We have 15 years of experience in water restoration and in working with claim adjusters. We provide comprehensive moisture testing.

As the premier Chicago hardwood flooring contractor, we ensure that all our craftsmen are NWFA


  • Un finished Hardwood Floors (Installation, Dust Contained Sanding & Finishing Onsite)
  • Pre finished Hardwood Floors
  • Pre finished Engineered Floors
  • Un finished Engineered Floors
  • Solid Wood Stairs- treads and risers
  • Un finished Hardwood Floors (Installation, Dust Contained Sanding & Finishing Onsite)
  • Pre finished Hardwood Floors
  • Pre finished Engineered Floors
  • Un finished Engineered Floors
  • Solid Wood Stairs- treads and risers

Specialty / Custom Installation Options

  • Herringbone
  • Chevron
  • Custom Finishing
  • Borders & Inlays (Manufactured by us or with CNC technology)
  • Wirebrushing
  • Varied Widths / Multiple Species
  • Medallions
  • Parquet Tiles & Patterns
  • End Grain Wood Blocks + Other Mosaic Wood Floors
  • Geometric Patterns
  • Custom Handscraped

Types of installations;

  • Nail or Staple down flooring installation for plywood or osb subfloors

Nail Down: 3/4″ solid wood strips or planks are typically installed by using 2” nailing cleats, a wood flooring nailer and a mallet to attach them to a subfloor. Adapters are available for thinner products, as well. Solid strips and planks can only be nailed to wooden subfloors on or above grade.

Staple Down: With this method, 1-1/2 to 2 inch staples are used to attach the wood flooring to the subfloor. A pneumatic gun drives the staples into the hardwood and subfloor. Not all wood flooring manufacturers recommend the same staple gun, so hiring professional installers will help guarantee that the right staple gun and right size staples are used.

  • Glue down – for concrete and gypcrete subfloors

Glue Down: Here, adhesive or a natural resin (called “mastic”) is spread with the proper trowel to adhere your hardwood to the subfloor. This technique is typically used to install engineered and parquets since solid strip and plank floors can only be nailed or stapled down.  There are a number of adhesives on the market. Your installer will use the one recommended specifically for your flooring.

  • Floating wood floors – plywood, osb, concrete subfloors and other below grade floors

Floating: With this technique, your hardwood floor is not mechanically fastened to any part of the subfloor. In other words, it “floats.” A thin pad is placed between the hardwood and the subfloor. Then, a recommended wood glue is applied in the tongue and groove of each strip or plank to hold the pieces together. A floating floor offers fast and easy installation and has its advantages. It’s protected against moisture; it reduces noise transmission; it’s softer underfoot; and it provides for some additional “R” value. Some engineered floors and all Longstrip floors can be floated.

The Older Method. Sleeper On Slab System

The sleeper system that entailed fastening 2′ X 4’s to the concrete laid on their side has faded from use. The application                involved adding a poly film and/or #15 asphalt felt laid into messy cutback mastic over the slab for moisture protection

  • Solid hardwood floors over concrete

The installation of hardwood floors on concrete offers several Illustration plywood on concrete types of applications. Over the last twenty years newer forms have all but replaced the older, more dated sleeper on slab system. Now with advancements in adhesive and manufacturing technology, floating floors and engineered wood floors glued direct to concrete have become viable alternatives.


Our craftsmen are experienced in installing both Engineered wood and solid hardwood floors. Solid hardwood floor is manufactured from a solid piece of wood, while engineered hardwood flooring is made by bonding boards of wood together. The decision to use solid or engineered wood floor should be dependent on where the floor will be located and the existing subfloor in that area. For rooms with existing concrete subfloors we generally recommend engineered wood floors unless the customer opt to install plywood onto the concrete.


For those looking for the ultimate in flooring design, we recommend working with a sales staff member to design a custom floor. A custom floor can consist of mixing different colors of flooring together or mixing different species of hardwood together. This allows you to create borders or designs, custom stain jobs, medallions, and custom wood cutting to create beautiful designs in your floor. This is truly the best way to turn your home into a work of art, adding personal touches to bring out the full character of any room.

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With our experience  hardwood floors installation in Chicago land private homes, government office, apartment and commercial buildings, we bring years of experience and skills to every project. Once you contact us we’ll listen to your needs and discuss the installation, design and finishing options available to you.

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