There are always many possibilities when it comes to hardwood flooring options. Laminate and hardwood floors are available in an overwhelming variety of colors, styles, widths, and installation techniques. Below are a few tips to help you decide.
Foremost and first, always set a budget for your project. Spending past your budget can happen very easily given the wide variety of designs and materials available.
- Style and color ought to be your first considerations for the area that you’re updating. Is this a stylish area, such as a living room, or is this the household room where the kids and pets will be spending a lot of time? A laminate substitute might be best for your family room, and perhaps a more elegant choice such as a American Cherry or Hickory in the living area.
- Selecting the colors for the space is essential as well. The setting of the room will determine what tones you will use. A dark shade for the activity area to greatly help hide dirt and keep a consistently lower light level down for the giant screen TV might be a good choice, for example.
- Don’t put a wood floor in the powder room or toilet (kitchens are also risky). Any location selected should be impervious to moisture.
- Proper installation of the flooring must be your highest priority. Wood floor installation requires professional methods and understanding of perspective cutting that most home owners don’t have, even if you’re an otherwise great do-it-yourselfer. Be sure to do the research first, if you choose to try it. Take a look at the sides and corners that will need to be cut.
- Be sure the area in which you will be installing your new floor on top of is even and smooth. You will want to select a floor underlayment that will give padding, soundproofing and additional insulation for your new floor.