Recent advances in the field of installing hardwood floors have made it easier than ever before. Installing hardwood floors no longer requires the assistance of a professional carpenter; it can easily be completed by a layperson. Pre-finished flooring is now available, saving the homeowner the work of sanding and finishing the floor, because all of this work is done on-site in the factory.
Its amazing what a change to your home wood floors can bring. The great thing is, it increases the value of your home at the same time.
A touch of old-style elegance can be added to your home with hardwood floors, and several wood varieties other than the popular red oak are available, in a wide range of textures and colors. Searching the Internet or making a scouting trip to a hardware shop to select materials to use in installing hardwood floors is an excellent idea.
Local merchants and online vendors sell the pre-finished flooring. The wood should be stacked in the room for a couple of days allowing it to adjust to the house’s humidity level. Hot weather causes expansion of the wood, so a hlf inch margin should be left between the floor and the walls. This may be covered with baseboard strips.
Follow the instructions provided by the supplier for the installation of the floors themselves. In order to get a good custom finish on the floor, these are things that you will have to do carefully, and step-by-step to be certain. To allow for expansion during the hot summer months, the wood comes already micro-beveled.
An old floor appearing well worn can also be refinished to give it a new life and fresh look. Prior to starting the job of refinish, all furniture, rugs, drapes and other articles on the floor have to be removed. It takes about three days for a refinished floor to be usable again. During this time, doors and windows of the room can be kept closed to prevent airborne dust settling on the floor. It is preferable to allow one more day, after the job is finished, before placing the furniture and other items back on the floor.
Laminate flooring is better still, as they require very little maintenance and are easier to install. This kind of flooring is highly resistant to scratches, stains, and other damage, making it particularly suited for withstanding heavy traffic, say if you have pets or kids. Laminate floors can be laid easily thanks to the tongue and groove interlocking system that the flooring comes with.