Hardwood- is an environmentally friendly flooring option for your home. These floors are one of the amenities that home buyers often look for when buying a house. From its natural appearance and warmth underfoot, hardwood is beautiful and timeless. Older traditional homes with their original hardwood floors are one of the advantages of buying older homes. However, the purchase and installation of this type of flooring can be pricey and its care and maintenance can be challenging.
Hardwood flooring usually comes in three varieties: strip, plank and parquet. But, before you go with hardwood flooring, review the below steps towards a smart purchase of hardwood:
Species- Each species of hardwood comes with its own unique characteristics. Color is determined by the species and grain pattern are determined by the species and how the wood is cut. Natural variations in the color and grain are to be expected and these variations combine to create your floor’s unique natural beauty.
Pre- Finished- Pre- finished hardwood floors are polished, screened and stained. Multiple coats of urethane are sprayed on the hardwood boards. Pre-finished hardwood floors can be screened and re coated in your home to renew their finish and revitalize their natural beauty.
Finish in place- “Finish in place” refers to having unfinished hardwood installed, sanded, stained and then finished with 3 coats of urethane right there in your home. Finishing in place take a lot more than installing pre- finished boards and can make quite a mess. However, the final result will be unique.
Dust- It is most to consider that your floor should be “Dust free” environment in your home, though it’s not possible, but you should take care with no dust entrapped on applied urethane. You may find out sanding marks, brush marks and tiny bubbles post completion of installation. If you bothersome with these imperfections, it can recoated any time to revitalize their natural beauty.
An Effect of Weather- Wood is a natural product that expands and contracts unevenly with changes in moisture and temperature, where you can find cracks or minor variations in height or width. For colder climatic conditions, make sure your home is insulated. If it is a dry climate, use a humidifier to minimize the effects of weather.
Sub-floor- No sub-floor is perfectly level. Hollow sounds may result when you walk on your subfloor’s dips or ridges. These flaws will not affect the reliability or installation of hardwood floors.
UV Light- All hardwood floors will fade or change shades over time. So use area rugs to allow floors to age evenly from UV exposure.
Cost- The “cost per square foot” of your hardwood floor is just one aspect of the entire price tag of a new hardwood floor. So before you purchase, you should calculate the entire cost of your floor by the retailer. Here you can consider few things to go with-
- Furniture- Some installers may charge to remove furniture in the installation areas.
- Disposal of old floor covering.
- Sub- floor preparation.
- Product delivery
- Additional material may require completing the entire installation.
At the end, in addition to the total project, cleanings should be compulsory at least once in a year to maintain the beauty and life of your hardwood flooring. Care your floor with the installer’s directions on cleaning and maintenance.