It's not uncommon for homeowners to assume that they don't need a hardwood flooring company to install new wood floors in their home, or that any general contractor is qualified to install engineered hardwood or laminate floors.
Installing wood floors is not a DIY job. Hardwood floors require specialized know-how and experience, and a homeowner should always rely on a qualified hardwood floor company for their new flooring installation.
Before you decide on new flooring for your home, or assume that you can watch online tutorials and install wood floors on your own, note some important reasons why you should always call a qualified hardwood flooring company for any such installation. It's also good to review the differences in wood floor options as well as some advantages of hardwood versus carpet and tile, so you're happy with your home's new floors for many years to come.
To better understand why installing hardwood floors is not a DIY job, note a few important details of the installation process. Many of these steps are very intricate and require the know-how and experience of a trained professional, and are not easy skills to master! You can then find the best “hardwood flooring companies near me” for your home’s flooring installation.
In some cases, a wood floor might require a few days to settle and expand, or the glue used for the planks might need some time to dry thoroughly before you can walk on those floors. A flooring installer will know how long to wait before opening a room with new hardwood flooring, to protect those floors from damage
Some wood floors also require onsite finishing. Finishing floors onsite refers to adding stain, paint, shellac, sealcoating, or other such coatings after installation. A flooring installer will note the best finishes to use, to create the vibrant color you want on your floors and to ensure proper protection for the wood.
One reason that a homeowner might avoid managing their hardwood flooring installation is that professional installers know lots of tips and tricks for ensuring a secure installation, and for creating a beautiful appearance from those floors. Note a few of those tips and tricks, so you better understand why installation is not a DIY job!
Even if you hire a flooring installer rather than trying to manage hardwood floor installation on your own, you still need to choose the floors themselves! A hardwood flooring company can typically assist in selecting the best flooring for the look and style you prefer, but note some information that can also help you choose between solid, engineered, and laminate flooring for your home
Solid hardwood, as the name implies, is a solid plank of a particular hardwood species. Engineered hardwood is a thin piece of your desired timber species glued over a section of less desirable material, such as plywood. Solid hardwood is more expensive to purchase, but because of its thickness, it can be sanded down and refinished more often than engineered hardwood
Laminate floors are not wood; laminate flooring consists of a high-definition photograph of a timber species, placed over a layer of plywood. A thin layer of protective plastic covers the photograph. Laminate flooring is very durable and is an excellent choice for basements, laundry rooms, and other spaces with too much humidity for real wood floors, but laminate flooring cannot be sanded and refinished
A floating floor is not nailed or glued to the subfloor under it but is snapped together and floats or gently sits atop that bottom flooring layer. Floating floors are easier to install than planks or tiles requiring nails or glue, but this doesn't mean a homeowner should assume that they can install a floating hardwood floor!
One consideration to keep in mind is that solid hardwood is rarely cut into a floating floor. The tongue-and-groove design needed to snap floating planks together is difficult to cut into many solid timber species, whereas the underlying plywood of an engineered floor is softer and easier to cut. If you prefer solid hardwood for its durability and longevity, a floating floor might not be an option.
A floating floor also needs a solid surface under it, and a homeowner may not be qualified to assess the condition of their home's existing floors! A professional installer can examine the home's flooring and subfloors thoroughly, and determine if plywood or another material is needed before the installation of floating floors.
Once you've decided between hardwood, engineered, or laminate tiles, you need to choose the right color and style of flooring. Note five essential tips for selecting the best color tone, species, and other such details when in the market for wood flooring
If you're concerned about the cost of having a professional install new wood floors, you might note some advantages of hardwood, engineered wood, or laminate floors versus carpeting and tile, so you better understand why wood floors are a sound investment for your home! One consideration is that wood floors are typically more durable than carpeting, so you may need to replace timber flooring far less often than carpeting over the lifetime of home ownership.
Note, too, that wood flooring is typically easier to keep clean than rugs and tile. Carpet fibers and the pits and pores of floor tiles tend to trap and hold dust, dirt, mud, and other such debris. A household vacuum and everyday mopping are typically not sufficient for removing these bothersome residues. Dense hardwood doesn't trap and hold dirt, so timber floors generally are cleaner and more hygienic for your home.
Timber flooring also offers flexibility in its color tone and shade. If you want to change the overall look of your home's wood floors, you can have them sanded and then repainted or stained. You can then go from light and rustic flooring to one that is dark and rich, or vice versa, much more easily than trying to change the look of carpeting or tile floors
What is reclaimed wood and is it durable for flooring?
Reclaimed wood refers to timber pieces taken from jobsites, demolished homes, and the like. Some flooring companies treat and finish reclaimed wood to create new flooring planks. Wood planks can last for decades if not centuries, making reclaimed wood a durable choice for residential flooring
Are hardwood floors noisy?
The underlayment placed underneath wood planks will help absorb noise. Tile, carpeting, or another flooring underneath a floating floor also works as an insulator. If you're concerned about noise, such as for second story rooms, discuss your insulating options with a hardwood flooring company.