Ageless beauty, durability, and ease of installation and maintenance make hardwood floors the perfect choice for remodeling your home floors.
There are a multitude of choices when it comes to floor replacements. Hardwood and laminate floors come in an overwhelming variety of shades, sizes and installation methods. Here are some pointers to help you make a decision.
First and foremost, always set a budget for your project. With the wide variety of designs and materials available, spending beyond your budget is very easily done.
1.Style and color should be your first criteria for the area in which you are updating. Is this an elegant area, like a living room, or is this the family room where the kids and pets might be present? You might want a laminate substitute in the family room, and luscious cherry finished rosewood in the living area.
2.Selecting the shades of the room is important as well. The setting of the design will dictate what shades you will use. A dark shade for the entertainment area to help hide dirt and keep the light level down for the big screen TV might be what you’re looking for.
3.Don’t try to put hardwood flooring in the powder room or bathroom. A laminate substitute can be used, but it must be impervious to moisture.
4.Proper installation of the floor must be your highest priority. Even if you’re a great “do-it-yourselfer”, hardwood floor installation requires professional tools and knowledge of angle cutting that most home owners don’t have. If you decide to try it, be sure to do the research first. Take a look at the angles and corners that might be required to cut.
5.Be sure the area, on which you will be installing your new floor on top of, is smooth and even. You will want to select an underlayment that will provide cushioning, soundproofing and additional insulation for your new floor.
Andrew Preston is a builder by trade and an author of building trade articles by choice. He has written many articles based on home improvement and discount harwood floors. Check out one of his websites... Wood Floors World