8 things to Consider When Choosing Hardwood Flooring
Some things are timeless and hardwood flooring is on that list. It adds a classic look to just about any room and, as we have discussed in previous articles, can add value to your home. Additionally, it is easy to clean making it great for people who suffer from allergies. And, unlike other types of flooring, taken care of properly, hardwood flooring will last a very long time. While hardwood flooring is a great solution for most flooring problems, it is important to shop carefully as there are many variables to consider so that you choose the right type of flooring for your particular needs.
Hardwood flooring can be a big investment depending on the type you choose and the area where it will be utilized. It is our goal here at Majestic Floor Covering to arm you with enough information for you to make an educated and intelligent decision regarding your flooring options.
Tip 1 – Set a Budget.
Like any big purchase, you want to start with a budget when buying flooring. The reality is, there are so many different options there is something for every budget. At Majestic Floor Covering, our flooring professionals will help you make the best decision for your individual circumstances. They will also discuss things like warranty, installation options, different sub-floor options and anything else you should be aware of in regards to your flooring project. Often times it isn’t what you know that drives a project over budget but what you were unaware of.
Tip 2 – Different flooring types may be necessary for different parts of the house.
This may be obvious in regards to the bathroom and kitchen areas. Obviously, wherever there is water or moisture you will want to use an appropriate type of flooring. What may not be as obvious are high-traffic areas like hallways. In places where there is an inordinate amount of traffic, you’ll want to use a more durable hardwood flooring type that is scratch resistant. Regardless of where there flooring will end up, there is a “hardwood for that”.
Tip 3 – Carbon Footprint.
Among other things, today consumers seem to be more conscious of how their choices impact the environment. There was a time when a person looking for “green” flooring had very few choices. Today, because of consumer demand, there are plenty of choices in the environmentally friendly category. From cork to reclaimed hardwood and everything in between, there is something for just about every taste and budget.
Tip 4 – Installation Considerations.
All floors are not created equally and to complicate matters, just about every different type of flooring requires individualized installation. Unless you have installed flooring before and know what you are doing, it is recommended that you hire a professional. Many flooring types require specialized tools, adhesives, and sub-flooring. Additionally, if the flooring is not installed correctly it can negate the warranty. There are so many variables involved with the installation of flooring, it is best to get a qualified professional installer to do it.
Tip 5 – Do some virtual shopping first.
It isn’t always convenient to stop in at your local flooring store. Often time the hours they are open are not conducive to your schedule. Plus, depending on the store, they may have a limited amount of inventory to show you. For these reasons it is recommended that shopping on the internet or in magazines is a great place to start. Discover the multitude of possibilities before you make a decision. That way you are less likely to become disappointed because you find a flooring type you were previously unaware of.
Tip 6 – Does the flooring come with a warranty?
If you’ve never purchased flooring before, you may not be aware that most quality flooring comes with a warranty just like other products. Make sure you read and understand the warranty before you buy it. If you don’t understand it, have your salesperson explain it to you.
Tip 7 – Flooring should not be an impulse purchase.
Whatever you decide to buy when it comes to flooring, chances are you are going to have to live with it a while. For this reason, do not rush into making a decision whether it is about color, flooring type or cost. Because you are likely making a large investment, you should talk to flooring professional and have all your questions answered before you. The right flooring person will make you feel completely comfortable about your flooring choices.
Tip 8 – Phone a friend
If, after exercising caution and doing the requisite research, you are still uncertain about your flooring choice, talk to a couple close friends that have different tastes to get some feedback. A good friend will be honest with you and since they have no “skin in the game” will likely point out issues you hadn’t considered.
Hopefully, these tips lead to a successful flooring purchase. If you are still on the fence about your flooring, feel free to call us at 336-824-4422 or stop by the Majestic Floor Covering showroom at 1495 S. Main St. in Randleman.