Most hardwood floors never need to be replaced and can add thousands of dollars to the value of a home. If you want a surefire way to improve the look, durability, and value of your home, hardwood floors are the way to go.
When considering installing hardwood floors on your own, there are almost always both pros and cons to consider before taking it on. One integral element to consider is of course the cost, considering that in regards to home improvement projects the labor involved is often the single largest expense.
However it is obvious that hiring a professional to install your floors will take a lot less time than it would to do it yourself. Also, you are guaranteed good results, whereas if you’re doing it on your own – especially if you have no previous experience – you can’t be too sure of what the end result will be.
Installing Hardwood Floors: Choosing the Right Type
The first step for anyone who is planning on installing hardwood floors is that of choosing the right type of hardwood floor. This decision should be based on the space involved, and your abilities if you are planning on going without a professional, as well of course as your personal preference.
There are three main types of hardwood flooring to choose from: solid wood flooring, engineered wood flooring, and acrylic-impregnated wood flooring. Solid wood flooring itself is also available in three basic types: strip flooring, plank flooring, and parquet flooring.
Strip flooring is denoted by the thickness and width of the wood planks, and while it has a set width, the thickness varies. While plank flooring is only available in two thicknesses, unlike strip flooring, the widths can vary. Parquet flooring has a very different look from the typical hardwood flooring, as it are made up of geometrical patterns which are composed of individual woods slats held in place by either mechanical fastenings or an adhesive.
In regards to engineered wood flooring, this is produced by adhering layers of plastic laminate veneer with real wood. This type of flooring should not be confused with laminate wood flooring, with the most major difference being that laminate flooring contains no actual wood.
Acrylic-impregnated wood flooring is actually infused with sealant and color throughout the entire thickness of the wood. This type of flooring is most commonly used in commercial projects rather than residential, highly in part to its hardness and resistance to moisture.
Regardless of the actual type of hardwood flooring you decide to go with, installing hardwood floors can be an interesting home improvement project. However if you don’t feel comfortable installing hardwood floors on your own, you can always call in a professional to do the job efficiently and quickly.