Written by Jennifer Karami on June 13, 2019
Installing new floors is a great way to update the look of your home while adding fresh appeal. While style and design are key components of the decision-making process, homeowners often neglect other areas that should be taken into consideration. Whether you choose hardwood, vinyl, or laminate flooring, be sure to do your research, especially if you’re planning to do it yourself. Otherwise, the cheapest flooring options can become more costly in the long run.
Here are 9 tips to help you avoid common flooring mistakes.
If you have hardwood floors in your home, chances are you may have had to deal with water damage or perhaps you will in the future. Water damage can range from very minor - where you may not see the signs of it at all - to very serious, like when the floor is flooded with water from a broken pipe or an ice-maker hose.
Very often, the extent of the damage is determined by how long the water is on the floor before it is discovered and dealt with. Sometimes the water travels underneath the hardwood and is not at all visible from above. It becomes visible when warped boards begin to appear.
If you're considering many different types of wood for your hardwood floor, one thing to take into account is the hardness of a particular species. Below is a chart to help you make your decision.
The above results are based on the Janka Hardness Test. All hardnesses are approximate, and based on the specific species used for flooring (For instance, Bamboo normally ranges from 1400 to 1700, but the way it is used in flooring can yeild an actual hardness of around 1160).
Douglas Fir is typically used for construction grade products (such as 2X4's), and not for flooring. It is included simply as a frame of reference (ie. Brazilian Teak is over 5 times as hard as Douglas fir).
The most common hardwood floor in Colorado Springs is red oak. This is a very stable wood (meaning that it expands and contracts very little), is of medium hardness, and more affordable than most other woods. As with all the woods we install, red oak is available in pre-finished or site-finished. Other woods we have installed include: maple, hickory, walnut, ash, white oak, american cherry and brazilian cherry. All of these hardwoods have their own distinctive looks and characteristics. We install engineered and laminate flooring as well.
The prefinished flooring discussed below refers to solid hardwood that is 3/4" thick. It is stained and finished at a factory so it can be installed and ready to go without staining or sanding. This type of flooring has continued to gain popularity because of it's advantages.
Site-finished flooring, on the other hand, is installed in it's raw form and then sanded, stained and finished on site. This option has advantages as well. Ultimately, it is up to the homeowner to decide which option will best serve their needs and preferences . . .