Hardwood Floor Installation
Are you thinking about upgrading your old carpeted floor to beautiful, pristine hardwood? If so, you’re making a wise decision. Hardwood is not only beautiful to look at, but it’s also exceptionally durable. Switching from old carpet to a new hardwood floor installation can raise the value of your home if you plan on selling anytime soon. Even if you plan to live in your home for the rest of your days, upgrading to hardwood flooring is a decision you won’t regret and will help you impress any friends and family members who visit.
Floor Installation Services
While some homeowners choose to install hardwood floors themselves, it may not be the best way to get the result you want. Installing hardwood properly is a challenging task that requires a high degree of skill and the use of specialized tools. That’s where we come in. Our team of experienced floor installers know how to get the job done quickly and accurately.
You don’t need to worry about uneven floors or gaps between planks when we complete your floor installation. No matter what type of hardwood floor you want, we know how to cut and fit the planks to every nook and cranny of your floor. When we’re finished, we guarantee you’ll have smooth, seamless flooring from wall to wall.
Our owner and founder, Aaron Swensen comes from a long line of Norwegian carpenters. His expectation for our crews' precise cutting is undeniably high. We stand by our promise to provide the best possible carpentry performed in your home. We have a 100% satisfaction policy and will never ask for the final payment until ALL carpentry and finishing work expectations have been met.
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What You Need To Know About Hardwood Floor Installation
Hardwood floors offer many advantages. In addition to being durable and easy to clean, they come in a variety of styles and colors to enhance any decor. Hardwood floor installation is a big project, so it is important to take some time to consider your options before starting.
Choosing the Right Wood Flooring for Your Home
It is possible to select a great option for installing hardwood floors in virtually any type of home. Factors to consider include:
Expected traffic in the area
Since hardwood floors are made from various materials, their cost can vary greatly. You may also need to factor in installation costs. For most homeowners, flooring installation is a complicated project that does not lend itself easily to DIY.
Various kinds of hardwood also have different capabilities when it comes to withstanding foot traffic. Areas such as entryways, kitchens and halls may need flooring made from especially hard materials.
Hardwood is a versatile material that does well in a variety of environments. However, it should not be laid in areas that are very humid or where the floor will be exposed to standing water. This kind of environment can cause wood to warp. Thus, hardwood is not a good choice of flooring for bathrooms.
Types of Hardwood Floor Materials and Styles
Most commonly, prefinished hardwood flooring is made from solid planks of various species of wood. Today, there are also engineered wood boards, which consist of a solid layer of veneers. Engineered wood can be more stable and resistant to humid environments. It can also be laid over radiant-floor heating, where it is not recommended to install traditional wood flooring. On the other hand, engineered wood tends to be less durable than solid stock. Companies typically offer a warranty period between 10 and 30 years, while prefinished solid flooring can come with a warranty of up to 50. For both types, proper care and maintenance can increase durability far beyond the specified warranty period.
Hardwood boards can differ in thickness, length, and width. Thicker boards are usually up to .75 inches; they can take up to 10 refinishes. Length and width matter chiefly for aesthetic appeal, which depends on the specific look you want to achieve for your space. However, narrower planks tend to stay tighter at the joins during dry weather, while wider planks may develop gaps.
A variety of wood species is used to make hardwood planks. Common hardwood trees include:
Each type of wood presents its unique appearance, which can be further finetuned with finishes. There are also varying degrees of hardness, which should be taken into account when estimating the likely wear and tear.
Hardwood Floor Installation and Finishing
Common methods of installing hardwood floors include nailing, gluing or assembling click-together engineered-wood planks. The best application depends on the type of wood you are putting down as well as on the surface it is going over. Tiling or concrete slabs cannot take nails, so gluing or click-together are the only options. A plywood subfloor or old wood floors can usually be covered using any installation method.
You can purchase prefinished hardwood flooring, which typically provides stronger protection for the wood than applying a finish after installation. Some people prefer to finish on-site for greater customization. Finishing post-installation involves sanding the wood, then applying the finishing coats and letting them dry before the floor can be used. If you also want to apply a stain after sanding, it will have to dry before finishing.
Blue Ridge Floors offers a comprehensive selection of flooring materials, as well as services from hardwood floor installation to water damage restoration. Get in touch with our installation professionals online or call us at (800) 690-1779 for a free quote.