If you are looking for new hardwood flooring, we have you and your home covered at Flooring Options by Carpet One Floor & Home. Our flooring professionals are here to help you choose the best hardwood floor for your home, and our exclusive hardwood brands are all backed by our award winning warranties. You can come to us for advice on how to choose a hardwood floor, and we also help you prepare for what to expect when your installation date arrives. You can come to us for help with your next flooring project from start to finish.
How to Install Hardwood Floors
We always recommend professional installation for hardwood floors because they require special details that need to be paid attention to, to ensure your hardwood floors last their expected life cycle. Part of your installation includes an in-home measure and moisture testing. Moisture testing is an important step before installation to ensure your subfloors are suited to handle hardwood flooring. A damp subfloor can cause damage to your hardwood over time if not properly tested.
Your subfloor is also prepped and made sure it is flat, clean, dry and free of imperfections. After your new hardwood floor is installed, it is important to make sure to leave a gap between the planks and the walls to allow the hardwood to naturally expand. There should also be no gaps between the planks to ensure a seamless surface.
Solid and engineered hardwood floors require different installation methods. Solid hardwood should be nailed or glued down to the surface so there is no shifting during use. Engineered hardwood comes in floating floors, and can lock together without needing any adhesives.
Where Can Hardwood Be Installed?
Hardwood is strong and beautiful, but needs to be installed in certain places around your home. Solid hardwood should be installed in rooms that are cool and dry. This type of hardwood looks best in bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms where the traffic is low and there is less moisture around. Engineered hardwood’s layered construction provides more stability than solid wood, so it can handle areas with a lot of traffic like kitchens and hallways. They can even be installed in basements with moisture control.
Real hardwood flooring should never be installed in bathrooms or laundry rooms due to the excessive amount of moisture and heat.
Hardwood Flooring in Living Rooms
If you are looking to increase the value and style of your home, choose hardwood flooring. Show off those hardwood floors in places around your home that you entertain in a lot, like your living room. An engineered hardwood floor would be the best choice, because it is made to handle traffic, and can withstand accidental spills.
Hardwood in Bedrooms
Make your bedroom feel more open, warming and inviting with hardwood flooring. Hardwood does not trap dust or dirt, meaning allergens cannot thrive when properly cared for and cleaned. Use our room visualizer tool to see what hardwood would look like in your bedroom.