The kind of environment you plan to install these floors in will dictate the kind of flooring you purchase. Rooms prone to dampness or humidity should not have solid hardwood floors installed and should have engineered or another wood alternative purchased.
The species you select will determine how your floor and home looks. Different species can be more dense and less prone to scratches such as Hickory or Oak, others can be softer such as walnut and will dent and scratch easier. Design will also dictate what species will be right for you.
When you opt for site-finished hardwood, you are purchasing wood flooring that will be shipped to your home unfinished to be sanded, possibly stained, and then sealed and finished with a protective layer on the job site in your home. This can help when trying to match exactly to an existing wood floor.
Pre-finished hardwood flooring can be deliver and installed without the inconvenience of being out while the floor is being sanded and finished. Prefinished does provide a lot of color and finish
It is easy to measure and then calculate square footage of your room but when it comes to installing flooring you will need to account for waste. The floors are not cut to your custom corners or fireplace jut outs and so on. As a rule, you will need to order about 10% more than your square footage so that it can be cut and sized properly when it is being installed. This will also account for any boards that may be not exactly perfect.
This is based on preference and lifestyle. If you decide to go with site finished floors, you can have any finish that you want, but if you go with factory finished you are limited to what is already made. Polyurethane or hard oil wax are the two most common finishes for pre finish and site finished hardwood floors.
If you have pets but are concerned that they might ruin your new floors, then you can place rugs at entrance ways so that any dirt and debris is caught in the rug before your pet is walking on your floors. The best way, though, is to make sure you regularly trim your pet’s nails as they are the most likely thing to cause scratches and surface damage to your floors.
Sweeping and dusting regularly can go a long way in keeping your floors looking brand new. Along with that make sure you are using cleaning products recommended for your floors such a Bona cleaner. By purchasing area rugs for high traffic areas, you can prevent everyday wear and keep them looking brand new. We also give you a mop gift that includes instruction on how to keep your floor beautiful.
This is depending on the availability of the floor and the schedule for install. We will do our best to accommodate your timeline.
Since wood is a natural substance, it will change over time. This means that as your floor ages you may notice subtle changes in color or markings of the floor. This will happen because of two things: exposure to sunlight and the finish of your floor. To minimize or even make sure your floor has even sunlight exposure, you can rearrange your furniture every so often making sure previously covered areas are no longer covered
Installing a wood floor is a home renovation that is a lot more complicated than just painting a wall. This upgrade is a much bigger investment than a gallon of paint, and you will need to know how to make sure your walls are parallel, the floor is completely flat and how to center the floor in the room. Professionals know how to make your floor look their best – it is their job, so trust them, that it is worth the money.