Hardwood flooring adds beauty to any home. It brings life but it can also come at a high cost. It is important to choose a high quality of wood that is timeless, so you can enjoy it for years to come. Sometimes, making this choice can feel overwhelming, so we have put together a few things to consider when looking for good hardwood flooring in Boulder.
Determine Your Objectives Before You Start
You will want to consider the areas of your home that you want to add hardwood flooring to. If you have hardwood in other places, then you may want to consider matching. Solid hardwood can be sanded down and refinished in a different stain color. This means that you won’t be locked into one color for the rest of the lifetime of the wood.
Decide on a Budget
First, decide how much you want to, or can, spend. Pick your maximum, and be realistic. You need to factor in the cost of work and ensure you have the funds. You don’t need to spend the entire budget, but it is good to know how much you have available. Try not to underestimate the cost of hardwood. Even if you see a great deal at your local flooring store, it may not be the quality you are looking for and it more than likely does not include the cost of installation.
Consider Your Prep Work
Do you need to rip out the carpet? Maybe you need to clear a room or move furniture. This is important to know before you begin searching for hardwood. You may also want to consider what type of wood to put in in certain rooms that run the risk of water damage, such as the kitchen.
Always Do Your Work With One Company
Typically, you will get both a higher quality product, as well as a better value, if you work with one Boulder Hardwood company. You will also get better workmanship and stronger communication overall. One company can provide you with the full combination of costs. There are many cases where you might think you are saving money when you are only sacrificing quality.
Cheaper is Not Usually Better
Typically, cheaper wood is cheaper because of a specific reason. You may find engineered wood to be cheaper but it is not the same quality as solid wood. Lower grades of wood also tend to have more knots, color variation, more shorts, or be a lower grade species. Another low-quality characteristic you may find in cheaper wood is inferior milling. This occurs when the edges are not straight and you will have more gaps that can be seen once they are installed.
Think Twice About Bamboo
Although bamboo is beautiful, it will not hold up well to foot traffic and will warp from water damage very easily. Some bamboo is also made in China which means that it may legally have formaldehyde in it. Although these end up being cheaper, they cannot be refinished and typically do not last. When this happens you may need to replace it, which will cost more than your initial installation, to begin with.
Contact us today to learn about your hardwood flooring options.