If you are tired of carpeting or outdated linoleum and want to create a rich, warm look for your home, hardwood flooring is the perfect solution. More and more people are bringing the old charm of hardwood floors to new homes. In addition to looking like a million dollars, hardwood floors are also durable, and long lasting.
It used to be that the installation of hardwood floors was a difficult and timely process. You had to have years of knowledge to lay the flooring or you would end up with a disaster. However, just as technology has changed so many things, it has also simplified the process for installing hardwood floors without sacrificing the look and feel. Additionally, you can now buy hardwood floors at reasonable prices, making this an affordable option for anyone.
If you want the old-fashioned hardwood floors, unless you have years of experience installing flooring, you would probably do best by having an expert perform the job. However, if you are interested in putting down your own floor, visit your local home improvement store and look at the various types of planks that you can do yourself.
You will be able to choose from a number of wood types, ask, pine, mahogany, oak, walnut, and more or you can purchase unstained wood and stain it yourself. Most of these new floor options allow you to prep the floor, which means to remove any carpeting or other flooring, make sure there is no glue on the floor, nails have been pulled up, cracks and holes are filled and sanded, and the floor is smooth and clean.
Once the floor is ready, you literally lay the planks using the type of adhesive recommended by the manufacturer. Some of the newer options also include snap together planks. These too will be adhered to the floor but quickly and easily, snap into place so there is no way to make a mistake. You can also find books and videos to coordinate with the flooring so you can go through the process step-by-step. Another great option for learning is to check with your local home improvement store. Many such as Lowes and Home Depot offer weekly classes by trained professionals.
An important thing to remember is that if you use oak, this is a type of wood made from lumber and is therefore dried in a kiln, which means the moisture needs to be maintained. In other words, if you buy oak flooring, you do not want to leave it sitting in the truck or outside where it could become wet from rain or from humidity. Your best option is to bring it into a garage or the house itself and then until used, keep it covered securely with a vinyl or tarpaulin cover.
Once your hardwood floor is complete, you will be thrilled with how beautiful your home looks. Something as simple as installing hardwood floors will make an enormous change that you will love.