Tips for Choosing Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring has been popular for many years. It is great for people with allergies, as an alternative the dust collecting powers of carpeting. Hardwood flooring is also easier to keep freer from germs than carpeting. Hardwood flooring can have a timeless classic look, but it is still important to shop carefully for the right flooring.

Hardwood flooring is a big expense and the final choice in flooring should be well researched and thought out. This article will go over some tips to help you make a choice you can live with for years to come.

Tip 1 - Set a Budget

Before shopping online or in a store, have a budget limit in mind. Find out the price for installation, then find out the expected time for a do-it-yourselfer to install the flooring. You may want to have it professionally installed to make easier to collect on warranty claims. Find out how much money you can save by preparing the floor yourself for installation. Make sure floor preparation is included in the budget. You may have to put in sub-flooring before installing the hardwood flooring.

Tip 2 - Consider What is Appropriate for each part of the House

For instance, a more durable floor needs to go in hallways than in a room that does not get as much traffic. Medium colored finishes work best in kitchen areas. Make sure you find out how scratch resistant the wood is and how easy or difficult it is to repair. In rooms, such as bathrooms, make sure you choose a hardwood flooring which is resistant to moisture.

Tip 3 - Consider the Environment

Find out which cuts of wood make the least impact on the environment. Bamboo is a good choice in that regard. Also research the finishes. Make sure you don't purchase a product that will be toxic for your home.

Tip 4 - Consider ease of Installation

This is especially important if you are going to install the floor yourself. There are glue-less systems which are easier to install. Find out what kind of tools will be needed. If you are hiring a professional installer, find out which type of hardwood flooring they prefer to install. Also let the installer know what kind of situation will exist in each room or hallway which will be installed. A good installer will appreciate that you consulted him or her ahead of choosing the materials.

Tip 5 - Let Your Fingers do the Shopping First

Go through home magazines and flooring brochures to see samples of floors in live situations. This will give you some ideas. Architectural Digest is a good place to start.

Tip 6 - Make Sure there is Good Warranty

Read the warranty before you buy. The shorter the wording the better. Have the salesman go over the warranty with you. Considering the size of the investment, it may be worth having a lawyer review the warranty and contract.

Tip 7 - Make a Calm Decision

Make sure you are not feeling hurried or stressed when making the decision. This is not only a big investment, but you will have to live with your decisions for many years. Unless you are confident in your ability to spot long-term trends or have strong feelings about your individual style, choose a style which has stood some test of time to be on the safe side.

Tip 8 - Ask a Couple of Friends with Different Tastes

Bring a couple of friends with you, with differing tastes, to get their opinions. Remember, they aren't choosing a flooring for themselves, but instead, helping you make your decision.

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