I wanted to get a chance to let my buddy use this platform for his wood flooring business. So for today and today only, we’re gonna have him teach a little bit about the hardwood flooring industry.
Tips For Choosing and Installing the Right Hardwood Floor Color
Hardwood flooring can add beauty and warmth to your home. It can also be a long term investment. So, you have decided to get hardwood floors. Easy enough, right? Pick a wood, color and style and you are done with it. Well, not so fast. There are a lot of factors and features that will determine what kind of hardwood flooring your home can accomodate and what will look best with your existing furniture and decor.
Hardwood flooring is usually made of two basic options: solid wood and engineered wood. Generally speaking, solid wood is what you generally think of as a general hardwood flooring: solid planks of wood. On the other side, engineered wood flooring is made of a thin layer that sits on a core of plywood. Sometimes is engineered wood harder and denser than typical hardwood. Engineered wood deals with moisture usually better than solid wood and is often recommended for concrete slab subfloors. Traditional solid hardwood floors are not well suited for below-grade installations as there is the possibility of moisture issues.
Furthermore, if you intend to install the wood flooring yourself, engineered-wood flooring is the best unless you have a plethora of experience with flooring installation. On the other hand, engineered-wood flooring is way less expensive and much easier to install. It also comes prefinished. This means that you don’t need to sand the floor, dramatically simplyfying the task of installing the floor.
Keep in mind that you should plan to order 10% more flooring than is needed as much of the material will be cut to fit your rooms. Once the boards are cut, they cannot be used elsewhere as the end tongue or groove are also removed. If the room is square with no interruptions, less than 10% might work.There are three basic methods of installing hardwood flooring: glue-down, nail-down and floating. When nailing or stapling down hardwood floors, the subfloor must be made of a material that will hold nails or staples for the life of the floor. Glued-down carpet, plywood over concrete or vinyl should be removed to get down to the solid flat and dry subfloor.
Wooden floors are in most cases laid floating, allowing for sheer expansion and contraction. Lay a vapor barrier if necessary, then roll outunderlayment. For the first three or four rows of flooring, choose very straight boards. In the next step, cut one starter board for each row. These boards should vary in length by at the very least five or six inches so the end joints of these boards will be staggered by at least five inches from row to row. Do this carefully and always plan ahead.
Position the first board of the hardwood, with its tongue facing into the room. Use spacers to maintain an expansion gap against the wall. You can also buy a laminate kit, which includes tools such as a pull bar, wedges and a tapping block. These tools come with instructions which may help you learn how to use these tools.
When choosing the color of your wood floor, take full advantage of flooring samples. While photos of interiors may give you a general idea of what the end result may be, it’s a good idea to see the floor color on-site, in its natural environment. If you prefer a classic, rustic look, go with natural unstained wood or maybe traditional shades of brown. Dark and black tones generally speaking are a popular choice for modern and chic interiors, urban condos and the like. Bold and deep colors, such as various shades of red, add character to offices, public interiors and hallways. Learning to think of flooring as an indispensable element of decor is necessary in order to pick the best possible wood floor color. While personal preference matters, it should not always be a deciding factor. Style and existing colors should be given proper consideration.After you install your new hardwood floor, keep in mind that it should be cleaned regularly. To accomplish that, simply sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floor carefully to remove dirt from between the floorboards. Avoid using a wet mop or wet rag on hardwood floors as water can damage the wood over longer periods of time. Special rugs can be purchased from a wood flooring retailer that will protect the floors from discoloration.