By Skyler Malley
Category: Blog
July 01, 2020

You’re finally ready to take the next step on investing in the beauty and upgrades of your home. Hardwood floors are a great way to upgrade the value of your home while also adding something aesthetically beautiful while you and your family continue to live your lives in your home. But switching out old flooring for new hardwood isn’t a simple or easy task to undertake and requires professional help to make sure it’s done right.

Hardwood floors are not a one-size fits all installation though it may seem that way. There are different types of wood, different placements, different adhesives, different schedules. Even your climate is going to have an impact on the longevity of your hardwood floor. Rather than sifting through all of this yourself, an expert can help you understand the basics of hardwood floors and how to make sure you’re getting the most out of yours.

Solid or Engineered Hardwood?

When you start talking to a professional, one of the first things they’ll ask you is if you’re looking for a solid hardwood floor or engineered. Solid hardwood floors are your traditional wooden boards while engineered hardwood floors are more of a composite of materials made to look like the real thing. The advantage of engineering is cost. They are more budget friendly than solid but that’s also going to be reflected in your investment on upgrades. Solid wood floors are designed to be put over existing wood floors and are susceptible to cupping from humidity and shouldn’t be used in basements. Engineered hardwood is more versatile and can go over virtually any existing flooring.

What to Know About Finishing

Solid hardwood is available both unfinished, to be finished by a professional when you get the floor installed, and as prefinished, saving you time after the installation. Unfinished wood flooring at installation allows you a wider variety of color and finish options after the fact, is moree time consuming to install, offers the smoothest texture, and saves you money on materials though it can cost you money on labor. Prefinished floors offer a much smaller ranger of color options, comes with warranties, and has a higher initial cost though ultimately it will save you money in the long run.

Questions and Answers to Have Ready for Your Pro

Ask your potential installer about the above information and what costs they estimate to go along with any of the options. Ask them about the schedule, make them aware of your budget, and ask about any warranty or maintenance options they have for you during the lifetime of your floor. Ask to see a portfolio of previous installation work and allow them access to fully measure your home to understand what they’re working with. Information is power and will save everyone time and money. If you’d like to speak with an expert, we can start your consultation on your new hardwood floors installation in Denver.