Many people use the term “hardwood floor” to describe many types for flooring such as laminate, engineered wood, vinyl plank flooring and other types of plank flooring.

Hardwood floor or any plank flooring installation can take anywhere from a few days to more than two weeks to install. Hardwood or most plank flooring typically can be installed at a rate of 300sqft per day, however there are many variables that can increase the time it takes to install the flooring. The flooring installation time can vary because of demolition, wood type, the condition of your subfloor, total square footage of the project, installation method, and other factors.

Damaged subfloors can add to the installation time, the work can take a few hours to several days, depending on what’s hiding underneath the floor covering. The most common flooring to be removed and replaced is carpet. New-construction homes do not require this step of course, as the subfloor is primed and ready for floor installation. During demolition, the flooring crew may find that your subfloor has damaged wood, uneven surfaces or other problems that must be addressed before the new wood can be laid down.

The plank flooring generally arrives a few days before any work begins. This allows the hardwood flooring to acclimate to the relative humidity in your house, which prevents it from shrinking or expanding after installation and causing gaps or buckling.