Hardwood flooring adds a touch of sophistication and class in a home. It increases the resale value of your house, if you ever choose to sell! Today, hardwood flooring comes in a variety of options and species to choose from, but whatever the type is, make sure that you get your wood floors installed by professionals, because the job is more complicated than it seems. There are a number of newbie mistakes that any inexperienced homeowner can commit, which can ruin the floors in the longer run.
Read on to find out what those mistakes are and how to avoid them!
Unlike tiles and marble, wood is a natural porous material, which is likely to change its shape and structure with the change in humidity in the atmosphere. One way to counter high humidity is getting the wood flooring which is fashioned at a high humidity area and then have it installed in a low humidity area to avoid its expansion.
Make sure that your floor installers measure the moisture level before inlaying the hardwood. Also, ask them to read the humidity levels and whether your air conditioning is working accordingly to support the installation of wooden floors.
If your floor installers don’t prepare the subfloors effectively, you may end up with squeaky or loose floorboards that may cause your furniture to shake when you walk. The subfloors must be clean, flat, and dry before the hardwood floor is installed. Moreover, your installer should be able to tell you whether your subfloor will support the type of hardwood floor you have chosen for your home. Don’t hesitate from asking questions, and ensuring that at the end of the day, you are getting even and quiet floors.
If your floor installer is experienced, they would know that most of the rooms in a house are not a perfect square. This is the reason why every room must be measured before the wood floors are installed. Planning ahead and taking the time out for a full inspection of the house will prevent any uneven and harmful floorboard placement.