How To Buy Hardwood Floors

5 Nov






There are varieties of materials and styles for hardwood flooring. You will need to shop around to find the perfect one for your house. Here are the things you have to keep in mind while looking for that perfect hardwood flooring for your house.

  1. Determine the areas of the house where you want wood flooring installed and measure it to determine the square footage of the floor.
  2. Determine whether a plywood subfloor is already in place (such as in an area where carpeting has been removed). If you’re remodeling, you may find that a 5/16-inch or 3/8-inch engineered flooring product will fit, while standard 3/4-inch-thick flooring would require you to change or trim the doors in the room. In other instances you may want the structural stability of a 3/4-inch product.
  3. Consider whether you want an unfinished or pre-finished wood flooring product. Pre-finished flooring has the polyurethane coating already applied, so once it is installed the project is complete. Unfinished flooring requires sanding and coating after installation.
  4. Consider the stain color if you are buying a pre-finished product. Unfinished floors are stained after installation, but a pre-finished product comes already stained.
  5. Decide if you will hire an installer or if you will be installing the flooring yourself. Flooring comes in varieties that can be nailed, glued, or even affixed with pre-attached strips of adhesive tape. A pre-finished glue-down product is easier for a novice to install than standard unfinished nail-down flooring.
  6. Consult your installer before ordering the material. Flooring involves a waste factor that varies with room geometry and the type of product. Expect approximately 15 to 25 percent waste. Make sure that you and the installer agree upon the amount of material needed for the job.
  7. Shop at several home centers or suppliers to check out the various products and compare prices.
  8. Order the material that you have listed from your chosen supplier. Don’t forget to order other materials that you will need like nails and glue.
  9. Put your professional hardwood floor installer to work.
  10. Be in constant open communication with your wood floor installer about your preferences and concern.
  11. Once the hardwood floor is installed, enjoy the lasting beauty of your investment.

For your hardwood flooring needs make sure that you hire a professional hardwood floor contractor or installer. This gives you the assurance that your getting your time and money’s worth. Visit our website for more hardwood flooring information and to schedule your Free on site estimate. 


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