With a sometimes overwhelming amount of hardwood to choose from, it can be easy to get flustered and confused when you enter a specialty hardwood shop. You know that you want to replace your tile or carpet floors with the timelessness or hardwood, but how are you ever supposed to figure out the details from there? The last thing that you want to do is make a big purchase and then realize you made the wrong choice when it’s much too late to do anything about it.
Luckily, we have a bit of information that may be able to help you sort out all of the madness. In a recent article from Houzz.com, professional contractor, Kenny Grono, offers up a few tips that may come in handy when you decide to start shopping around:
Location – It’s important to consider where you’ll be placing your new hardwood floor in your home – and this goes well beyond color scheme. Main living areas on the first floor, such as the living room or the kitchen, will benefit more from harder wood like oak or ask, whereas second floor rooms, such as bedrooms, are going to be better with softer woods like pine. Also keep in mind that the bathroom is probably not going to be a good choice for hardwood floors. A powder room may be just fine, but with the steam and water that comes along with a full bath, you risk damage to the wood.
Consider the environment – Though you may not think so, installing hardwood floors is actually the greener choice, as it can easily last up to 200 years. Something that you may want to be on the lookout for when looking for environmentally responsible woods is a FSC or SFI label, which shows that it was harvested in a sustainable way. An example of this could be that as one tree was cut down, another was planted in its place.
Read the manufacturer’s instructions – If you’re planning to install the floors on your own, it is extremely important that you read the manufacturer’s instructions before doing anything. For instance, some manufacturers may recommend that you orient the flooring according to the dominant light source in the room. With such a huge investment that you are making in these new floors, why wouldn’t you want to ensure that they are installed in a way that is going to make them look as good as possible?
To take a look at a few more professional contractor tips for hardwood flooring, check out the full article on Houzz.com. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to stop on into Keweenaw Specialty Woods and ask – we’d be happy to help!