Investing in hardwood flooring is probably one of the best choices you’ll make when renovating your home. Hardwood is beautiful and durable, and it simply makes you feel better in your home. When the time comes for you to sell your property, hardwood floors can attract more buyers too.
However, to truly make the most out of your investment you need to do your research properly. It’s easy enough to make mistakes when you’re choosing the type of hardwood to install, when you’re preparing the room, or when you’re having it installed. To avoid any sort of issue, heed the following tips:
Don’t Just Pick a Type of Hardwood on Appearance
There’s no doubting the fact that hardwood floors are beautiful. Many types of hardwood are downright gorgeous. It’s this quality that makes it so popular after all.
But the problem is that the beauty of hardwood may tempt you to choose a particular type based on its looks alone. That shouldn’t be the only factor you need to consider. That can lead to unexpected surprises which may not always be pleasant.
What you should also consider is its performance and durability too. So you need to consider factors such as hardness. Maple may be to your liking, but if you want something more durable then you should consider the harder hickory instead.
Remember to Consider Both Solid and Engineered Options
Quite a lot of people seem to think that solid hardwood is the only choice there is. But you should also consider engineered options, if you want a beautiful hardwood type that’s within your budget. With an engineered option, you may instead afford it.
A solid wood floor is normally ¾ of an inch thick in the wood you want. The engineered option is the more affordable option because in this case only the top layer is made of the wood you want. Normally, this is only 5mm thick. The rest of the wood is made from durable plywood.
The advantages of engineered wood flooring also include its greater resistance to humidity and temperature changes. It’s less likely to react and buckle under those conditions. That’s why if you insist on hardwood flooring for your basement, this is the better option than solid hardwood.
Prepare for the Installation Diligently
The preparation process for installing hardwood floors consists of several steps, and you need to make time for all of them. The first step is to check your materials for defects before the installation. Often your flooring warranty will cover these defects, but that coverage will cease once you’ve already installed them.
You also need to make sure that the subflooring (the surface under the hardwood flooring) is properly flattened and conditioned before the installation. If the subflooring is not prepared properly, you can end up with warped or squeaky floors.
You have to double-check the moisture levels as well, since moisture is the enemy of wood flooring. The humidity level in a room where you wish to install hardwood flooring should be at 45% at the most. The room should also have a temperature within 65 and 75 degrees F. You should first give the wood materials about a week inside the room to get acclimatized to the condition, so that they can contract or expand before the installation. You don’t want the wood to react to the conditions after the installation.
Of course, if you can afford hardwood for your flooring then most likely you can afford to get a contractor to do the installation for you. Don’t make the mistake of just picking the contractor who charges the least. Pick a professional flooring expert with good reviews online (or recommendation’s from friends) to make sure that you end up with the best results for your hardwood flooring.