Important Questions to Ask When Shopping For Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is perhaps the most beautiful and popular flooring material available today. Although it is quite expensive, many homeowners still prefer installing hardwood. Aside from being so durable and long lasting, hardwood floors also add value and sophistication to any room. Here are a few questions you should ask when shopping for hardwood flooring.

With its unparalleled natural beauty, hardwood flooring will certainly make your home look more elegant, valuable, and welcoming. No wonder why a lot of homeowners choose it over the other types of flooring materials despite its high cost. However, to make the most out of your investment, you need to be sure that you have chosen the right type of hardwood flooring material. Here are a few important questions commonly asked by homeowners before buying and installing hardwood flooring.

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I have kids and pets at home, can I still use hardwood flooring?

Although hardwood flooring is more susceptible to scratches, dents, and stains caused by pets or kids as compared to other resilient materials like tile flooring, it does not mean that you shouldn’t install it in your home. There are various ways to at least minimize scratches, dents, and stains on your flooring. You can use scatter rugs at the doors or have your pet’s nails trimmed on a regular basis.
Which wood type is ideal for my home?

The best type of wood for your home depends on your own personal preferences and the wood availability in your area. If you are not certain about which wood to choose, you can check on the stores’ gallery on their website. Most of the common wood options, though, are the mahogany, maple, ash, oak, hickory, cedar, pine, and walnut.

Can I do the installation myself?

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Ottawa hardwood flooring installations can be really expensive. That is why many homeowners are tempted to do the installation themselves in order to cut the cost. However, many of these homeowners end up spending more for the already expensive material.

Hardwood flooring installation is not as easy as replacing or building your own kitchen cabinet or as straightforward as painting the walls. It is far more complicated than that. Committing just a simple mistake in the installation process can ruin everything. It takes a professional installer to do the job properly. With that being said, you are discouraged to do the installation by yourself unless you are a pro hardwood flooring installer.

Where should I install the hardwood flooring?

Hardwood flooring is available in two primary kinds- the engineered wood and the solid wood. The type of hardwood material to choose greatly depends on where you are going to install it.

If you are going to install the wood flooring in your living room, bedroom, dining room, powder room, kitchen, or any above ground or above grade rooms, your best choice is to pick solid wood flooring. Solid hardwood flooring is made of authentic and 100% hardwood from bottom to top. The best thing about solid wood is that you can sand and refinish it a couple of times all throughout its life.

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If you are planning to use the wood flooring in moist places like your basement, slab, or other below grade or below ground rooms, pick the engineered wood. This type of hardwood is also made from pure wood but it has been manufactured using a number of veeners to create a multi-layered wood flooring material. You can also install the engineered wood in other areas in your home including in your family room, bedroom, dining room, powder room, and kitchen.

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