Choosing Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are a fairly sizable investment, requiring you to spend a few thousand dollars. But the results last for decades, and adds resale value to your home. Best of all, good quality hardwood looks great. When investing money in good flooring we want to make the right choice.
- Make sure hardwood is the right choice. We never use it in bathrooms or any room prone to moisture. It probably isn’t the right choice for basements either. Use hardwood for the main rooms in your home, where it can look impressive.
- Imitation hardwood flooring is constantly getting better, and is quite cheap. So consider this for a few room, and perhaps just get genuine hardwood in the main room(s).
- Know your budget. And get some estimates from different suppliers.
- Realize that installation cost and the cost of the materials are separate though related factors. Cheap wood will still cost a reasonable amount to install, so the price it still moderately high. Expensive wood will have a slightly higher installation cost, but with the better quality timber you may get a better overall deal.
- Rooms with many corners may have higher installation costs over plain, rectangular rooms.
- Pick the right wood. You will have this floor for a long time, so make sure you have something you really want.
- Remember that floors can be stained, or lime washed. This will really change their appearance. Research how different wood will look with different stains and finishes. This is one factor that can be changed over time. You can re-sand a floor latter on an have a different finish applied.
- There is always a discount option, a type of flooring that is on sale for a month. You might find something that would otherwise be beyond your budget. Consider these sales, but don’t compromise on what you want long term.
- Sunlight will affect hardwood, causing cherry to darken over time, and causing many other timbers (to say nothing of curtains and rugs) to fade. So look at having UV film put on all windows when you have hardwood floors.
Perhaps most important of all, make sure you have a qualified installer. The best quality materials are wasted if they are not put to the best use. A qualified floor installed will make sure the floor will accommodate expansion and contraction with moisture and heat, and keep the floor from warping over time.
Floor Sanding Northern Beaches
Remember that long lasting hardwood can be re-sanded to restore its original appearance. The surface of any floor is prone to scratching and other superficial damage, even as the basic structure of the floor is as solid as ever. Re-sanding removes the superficial marks, and gives you an essentially new floor.