Installing wood flooring is becoming a more and more popular choice in home remodeling. Hardwood floors add warmth to décor, and they’re durable and easy to clean. They are also a great choice for those suffering from allergies that are especially susceptible to carpets. When choosing new wood flooring for your home, follow these guidelines to get the most out of your selection.
Weighing Wood Floor Options
- Know your budget. Though wood flooring is more affordable than it used to be, solid hardwood floors can still cost a pretty penny. Knowing how much you can afford to spend will save you time because it will narrow your options.
- Think about the room’s usage. The higher the traffic, the more durable the flooring will need to be. How much foot traffic wood flooring will endure also plays a part in choosing the color of your wood flooring: Light-colored floors show less wear than darker ones.
- Consider the room’s décor. You want your flooring to complement your room’s décor, so choose a type and color that will fit in. Formal and traditional décors look great with darker wood, while the country, casual and contemporary styles suit a lighter wood.
- Decide what type of wood you would like. Each type of wood has its own characteristics, good and bad. For example, maple hardwood flooring is a very hard wood and great for high traffic areas, but it cannot be stained. Get to know your wood options and determine the one that suits your room’s needs.
- Choose the grade. All wood comes in different grades: Higher grades denote more durable wood that is less likely to have visible defects.
- Choose durable wood for entry or foyer. This area usually sees a good deal of traffic and needs a solid wood to stand up to wear and tear. Many people also choose to have wood floors installed in a decorative pattern for a more formal look in these areas.
- Select specially-rated wood floors for a kitchen or family room. These high-traffic areas need a very durable wood that’s intended for such rooms. For the kitchen, choose the flooring that can withstand moisture from spills.
- Use a less-durable wood for formal living rooms and dining rooms. These areas usually have less traffic. When choosing the color of your flooring, go with a stain one shade lighter or darker than the general décor in order to best complement the room’s colors.
- Choose a less durable wood for the bedroom as well. This area also sees less traffic, so options like engineered laminate flooring are fine.
Laminate flooring offers the look of hardwood or stone flooring, but without the expense and required maintenance. Laminate flooring usually is made from high-density fiber or wood particles, with a laminate overlay that is designed to look like wood or stone. A clear, hard layer is placed on top, giving the laminate floor its durability. Laminate flooring has become a popular way to update the look of a home.
Advantages of Laminate Floors
- Pricing and Installation Laminate for flooring is cheaper and easier to install than hardwood flooring. Prices range from about $1.50 per sq. ft. to $3 per sq. ft, but you can find better deals from laminate flooring wholesalers and from online distributors.
- Laminate flooring can be placed on top of almost any existing floor, excluding carpet, and several manufacturers offer a glue-free, tongue-and-groove system. The interlocking planks make it an easy installation for weekend warriors and it can be uninstalled without damaging the laminate or the original flooring underneath. o
- Laminate flooring works well in high-traffic areas and homes with pets. It is scratch-resistant, durable, and easy to clean. Just use a dust mop or a mop dampened with water. Most manufacturers offer at least a 10-year warranty on their product.
- Laminate flooring can add to the resale value of your home. Most home buyers are looking for hardwood floors instead of carpet. The laminate floor gives you the wood look for less and can make your home look more open and modern. It also is environmentally friendly because it uses less wood – if any – in its construction. *
There are so many wonderful products on the market that carpet seems a bit boring and unimaginative. However; carpeting remains the most economical choice in most instances.
But, If you have the budget to upgrade to another product, hardwood flooring might be the best option. Hardwood is one of the most desirable flooring types in the housing and commercial markets. Homeowners and homebuyers alike are drawn to the beauty and elegance that enter rooms that feature hardwood flooring.
Consumers used to be limited to one hardwood flooring choice: ¾-inch planks of American red oak. Not that this was a bad thing; red oak is a beautiful species, and used to be inexpensive and easy to obtain. Consumers now also have two other options: engineered wood flooring and laminate flooring.
Hardwood flooring is a solid wood material that is milled into planks from 5/16-inch thick to ¾-inch thick or more, varying lengths, and widths 2-1/4-inch to over 6 inches wide. Each plank has a tongued edge and a grooved edge that is typically nailed or stapled to a wooden subfloor. Installation directly over concrete is not recommended, but it is possible.
Any way you look at it, wood flooring is a smart choice for resale and can open up a small space. So if your budget will allow it, go for wood in the common areas of your home and carpet in the bedrooms. That way you get the elegance of wood and can save your budget with carpet elsewhere in your home.
Hank’s Hardwood Flooring has Bamboo Flooring that can give you the natural beauty of wood in your home without feeling that your choice in home improvements is having a damaging effect on the environment. There are many types and styles of Bamboo Flooring available. These environmentally friendly and durable floors can help you live green while saving money and adding beauty to your home. Bamboo flooring is water-resistant which makes it an ideal flooring option for kitchens as well as dining rooms. It is extremely easy to clean and is unaffected by moisture. The possibilities with Bamboo are endless. Feel good about your flooring choice and check out Hank’s Hardwood Flooring Bamboo Floors today.
We are proud to offer Bamboo Flooring while maintaining discount pricing. Shop from the comfort of your home or office. Our manufacturer-direct showroom offers first quality flooring at discount prices. Our large selection will complement any room. Our website allows you to order free samples, place orders for flooring direct, and request quotes on flooring found at the “other” retailers. We ship Nationwide. Your savings, by purchasing direct and no sales tax outside of Georgia can greatly offset the shipping costs.
We are your Bruce Hardwood Flooring Source!
Hank’s Hardwood Flooring offers Bruce hardwood flooring products. Since 1884, Bruce Floors has captured the natural beauty of real wood and skillfully crafted it into floors revered for their timeless beauty and outstanding quality. Skilled artisans pioneered the development of today’s Bruce hardwood line that features the largest selection of colors and styles in the industry. Bruce has become a preferred brand of wood floors with the nation’s homebuilders, remodelers, architects, and homeowners. Bruce also offers a laminate collection of exotic and domestic wood and natural stone visuals that are as beautiful as they are durable, to appeal to the changing tastes and lifestyles of today’s homeowner.
We are proud to offer these items while maintaining discounted discount pricing. Shop from the comfort of your home or office. Our manufacturer-direct showroom offers first quality flooring at discount prices. Our large selection will complement any room. Our website allows you to order free carpet samples, place orders for carpet direct, and request quotes on carpet found at the “other” retailers. We ship Nationwide. Your savings, by purchasing direct and no sales tax outside of Georgia can greatly offset the shipping costs.
We strive to be a quality Bruce Hardwood flooring outlet with a full line of hardwood and laminate products at discount prices. Our website is a small sampling of our wide range of Bruce, Mohawk, and Shaw flooring products. If you find a particular product, just let us know the manufacturer and style and we will price it for you! Shop Hank’s Hardwood Flooring.com today and decorate your space!
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Installation is the most critical step to ensure the overall performance and appearance of your new floor. You should contact a floor covering installer much like you would a building contractor. A reliable installer should carry insurance, both liability and workmen’s compensation.
We offer these guidelines to help you make a more informed decision on selecting your installer:
The best way is through referral. Possibly a friend or relative, maybe even your builder, has had floor covering installed recently.
Another way and could very well be the first choice is to call the CFI (Certified Floor Covering Installers) for a referral. They will furnish phone numbers for independent certified installers in your area. Certified installers usually charge a bit more but will follow all the guidelines set forth by the Carpet and Rug Institute.
The third way is to check your local yellow pages under the listing “Carpet and Rug – Installers”. You can receive a copy of installation guidelines (commercial or residential) from the Carpet and Rug Institute. www.carpet-rug.com
No matter how you find your installer, always ask for referrals before committing to one installer. Please phone or email us for the telephone number for the CFI or how we can find you an installer.