Flooring installation can transform a home and often has a high rate of return on investment. The right floor will make a dramatic difference in a room's function - for example, a wood floor in a bathroom provides a warm alternative to tile.
Professional installation of hardwood or laminate by knowledgeable tradespeople means that your floors won't warp or buckle with seasonal changes of temperature and humidity. Installers can also create custom parquet designs, add decorative borders, and inset medallions to create a distinctive look for your home. It's a good idea to ask for references of past work, as a bad installation can sabotage your new, expensive flooring.
Hardwood Floor Facts:
- durable (lasts a lifetime or several!)
- great variety [of woods, patterns, stains, and finishes]
- stylish and eye pleasing
- affordable and worth every penny
- easy to maintain
With many types of flooring, there are installation-friendly features - like tongue-and-groove interlocking systems - making them good options for handy do-it-yourselfers. Engineered hardwood flooring is a great example of this type of flooring, as for example is laminate flooring. Solid hardwood flooring, on the other hand, tends to be more expensive per square foot so mistakes made during installation can be substantially more expensive than working with engineered hardwood flooring or laminate flooring.
Solid hardwood flooring is just as it is described - solid wood - and can be problematic if a significant amount of your square footage becomes unusable due to errors. The safest bet (and a course of action which will assure that costly installation errors don't dry up your budget) is to pay a little extra to hire a trusted, professional, flooring contractor to take on the job. Not only will unnecessary errors be less likely to be a problem, but the professional will also give you advice on how to maintain your floor after it has been installed and recommend the best products for cleaning a hardwood floor. This advice alone can save you money. And you'll appreciate the peace of mind you'll experience when you know that someone who is skilled and experienced in solid hardwood flooring is doing the installation, making your hardwood floor the most attractive and most stable floor it can be.
One of the major benefits of a hardwood floor is the sense of permanence it brings to a space. Your solid hardwood floor should be looked at as a highly valued, long-term feature of your home or office, so it's best that the installation is done right the first time. There's no point in cutting corners when it comes to adding real value to your property. Your hardwood floor is a valuable investment that will outweigh the short-term expense of having it installed by an expert.