Why Hardwood Flooring?
So, you want to add value to your home adding elegance and a splash of your refined taste to the overall look of your house. There are a plethora ways to add value to your home and easily – one of the most popular ways to accomplish your goal is by installing hardwood floors.
About Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of types. Depending on the size of your project and your budget, taste, and how your home is built, you can choose from thousands of different sizes, colors, and methods of installation. Flooring should complement your home and your budget while adding overall value to your home. Flooring can be purchased for do-it-yourself installation or for professional installation. The type of installation may depend on the size of your project, the type of wood, the tools and materials necessary, and your budget.
Styles of Hardwood Flooring
From color, coatings, and finishes, any homeowner will find a style he or she will fall in love with. Different types of wood are produced for certain climates, certain installation methods, and the amount of traffic that will inevitably the wood itself down over time. Oak is very common while bamboo is becoming more popular among environmentally conscious homeowners. The variation of wood you purchase will depend on the durability you are looking for. Floors that may be laid where children and pets play should be strong and resistant to scratches and denting as a home with adult residents and little traffic might allow for a softer wood.
Installation of Your New Floors
The installation process may be one a home owner is apprehensive about. Do you hire someone to do it for you, or do you try to put all the pieces together on your own? There are a few things to consider before trying to tackle any semi-permanent job. Do you have the experience and knowledge, tools, and resources to handle this type of project? Do you have the money available to pay a contractor to do this task for you? Do you have the necessary quantity of wood to use in case a mistake (or a few) is made? And finally, what type of wood did you purchase?
Standard Wood Planks
Wood planks are shaped pieces that are typically glued to the subfloor of your hope or nailed. Some types of wood can be stapled into the subfloor (with wooden subfloors only). These are common in the higher budget range as they’re usually thicker (but not always) and allow for a greater variety of wood to be used.
Locking Wood Planks
Locking wood planks come in all types of shapes and sizes to fit your customization needs. Locking wood planks may be installed as a “floating” floor (no staples, nails, or glue, allowing for expansion with the fluctuation of temperature) or installed as standard wood planks. The ease of installation lures many buyers in and gives an equally beautiful look to your home.
Laminate flooring is a pressed wood that is formed usually as locking wood planks that are more affordable than most other woods. Laminate flooring is an alternative for budget conscious purchasers, because a photograph of the wood is used rather than wood itself. While the board underneath the photograph is still made of wood, it may not be of the same quality of higher rated species and varieties.
When considering hardwood flooring, it is always best to consult an expert in order to decide what type of wood to purchase, what tools you may need, and how to install the floors (professional installation or DIY). If your budget allows for it, professional installation is usually best. The work is guaranteed, warrantied, and insured and offers peace of mind. If you’re on a strict budget, at least consult a professional for advice and guidance when selecting the flooring, the accessories, tools, and process.