Learning More About Hardwood Flooring

Tips For Having Hardwood Flooring Installed In Your Home

by Juanita Perkins

Wood flooring is timeless and can work in a home with any type of style or decor. Investing in quality hardwood flooring is a way to enjoy your home while also adding value, since many buyers consider hardwood flooring a luxury and a huge bonus in any home that is for sale. Whether you're replacing old wood flooring or tearing out tile and carpeting in order to install hardwood flooring, it is important to do the project right. Hiring the right flooring contractor and choosing the right hardwood is essential. If you're interested in having hardwood flooring installed, use the following tips:

Know Your Sub-Floor

Some homes have concrete subfloors, while others have plywood subfloors. In many cases, homeowners do not know what type of subfloor their home has, nor do they care. However, if you're interested in installing hardwood floors, you will need to learn about your sub floors in advance. Ideally, hardwood flooring should be installed on a plywood subfloor. If your home has a concrete subfloor, it does not mean that you can't have hardwood flooring installed-- what it does mean is that you may need to spend more to have a plywood subfloor put in place before you have hardwood flooring installed.

Choose the Right Flooring Contractor

When it comes to hardwood flooring installation, choosing the right flooring contractor is incredibly important. Never hire a flooring contractor who is not licensed and insured-- doing so just leaves you open to problems and potential financial damages if your home is damaged during the hardwood flooring installation process, or if your flooring contractor or one of his or her employees is injured on your property. Working with a licensed contractor may cost a little bit more, but that expense comes with knowing that you have hired a pro and insurance is in place in the event of a bad scenario.

Research Hardwood Flooring Options

In this day and age, there are so many residential hardwood flooring options available, so it can be extremely difficult to choose the right one for your home. Before you purchase any flooring material, consider the current look and style of your home's decor-- it's always best to choose a type of hardwood flooring that complements the current style of your home. However, don't fall victim to current trends. Since hardwood flooring is not inexpensive, it is a much better idea to choose a timeless style of hardwood flooring that will look beautiful for many years.