You like the look, feel, and color of hardwood flooring but is that enough information to jump right into purchasing these beautiful floors? Flooring is a big decision and should not be made based on aesthetic appeal alone. Let’s take a look at some questions you should answer before installing hardwood flooring in your home.
Location is Everything
The first thing to think about is where your flooring will be going. Installing hardwood flooring on the second story of your home is different than putting it on the main floor or basement. Putting solid hardwood flooring in your basement level is not recommended because of the moisture so before choosing your flooring, look at the “grades.” Each floor of your home is a different grade: below ground level is considered below grade, ground level is on grade, and any floors above ground level are considered above grade. These grades will limit your options.
Subflooring should also be a consideration. What condition is your subflooring in and what it is made of? There are three common types of subflooring: concrete slab, plywood, and particleboard. The subflooring will help you decide between solid wood and engineered wood flooring. Concrete slabs are common in southern states and in areas where homes do not have a basement. While you can install wood flooring over concrete, it isn’t advised to install solid wood over concrete because it can transfer moisture. Opt for installing plywood flooring over your concrete or for an engineered wood instead. Plywood flooring is one of the most common subflooring and allows you to install both solid and engineered wood. Particleboard is also common and was mostly used under carpet flooring during the 1970s. This flooring is not sturdy enough for hardwood and should be replaced with an alternative like plywood before installing new flooring.
Think about your lifestyle. How much do you think you’ll be abusing your floors? Yes, it is a valid question. Think about all the times you or someone in your family has knocked something onto the floor, your dog’s nails, or how often you are home to do chores. These are all things you should consider when buying flooring because it will mean how much time and effort you will need to put into your floors to keep them clean and like-new. If you have a high-traffic house, consider a harder wood like oak. Also think about your price points. Engineered wood isn’t always the cheapest so make sure you do your homework. Think about maintenance: cleaning, refinishing, and even replacing sections of the wood. These things can add up over time so you have to make sure you are ready for everything.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample of wood to take home. Test it against your furniture, walls, counters, and lights in your home. This will help to determine if you really want that black semi-gloss flooring or if you should go with something lighter and matte. Flooring is a costly renovation to your home so before committing, think about all of these things and decide is hardwood flooring is right for you and your home.
Contact Jim Boyd’s Flooring America
Jim Boyd’s Flooring America, located in Timonium, MD, will provide you will all the best flooring tips and flooring options. We carry everything from carpeting and hardwood flooring, to ceramic tiles and vinyl flooring. Whether you’re looking to improve your home or business, we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to take on your project and do it right. If you’ve got questions, don’t hesitate to call our experts for advice. Call 410-667-0620 or click here to contact us.