One question we get asked often is…what are the best hardwood floors? This question has many facets to it, so a quick simple answer is hardly ever easy. The reason the question is so difficult to answer is that it totally depends on your application. Some folks want hardwood floors in just their living rooms. Some folks want hardwood floors in their kitchen. Some folks even want hardwood floors in their bathrooms (we don’t usually recommend this.) For some customers, price on a floor is a major issue. For others, having a new hardwood floor installed quickly is am important factor. As you can see, there are several issues that spring up that make it difficult to answer the question…What Are The Best Hardwood Floors? Yet another issue that makes it difficult to answer this question is personal preference as it relates to stain color. Some people like a darker stained hardwood floor, while some like the lighter floors. Here are a couple of questions to ask that can help you begin to think about the better question…Which are the best hardwood floors for our particular situation? Here are five simple questions to ask your self before you begin the process of buying and installing hardwood floors:
- Should I Buy Engineered or Solid Hardwood Flooring? – Solid wood flooring can be used in any flooring area that is “above grade” or above ground. Solid wood floor will contract and expand more than engineered wood when it encounters moisture. One great thing about solid wood flooring is that it can be refinished multiple times due to it’s thickness. Engineered wood flooring is more resistant to moisture so it can be installed either above grade or below grade. However, it generally can’t be sanded and finished due to how thin it is.
- Should I Buy A Pre-Finished Floor or Have it Finished on Site? – The major issue here is customization. With pre-finished floors you are limited to the number of finishes a manufacturer has in stock. With floors that are finished on site, your imagination is the only thing that can limit the number of color options for your floor. An advantage of pre-finished flooring is there is no polyurethane odors that generally accompany applying a custom finish.
- What Level of Shine Can I Have on My Floor? – With pre-finished floors you are limited to whatever shine comes on that particular flooring. With an on-site finish job, you can have either satin, matt or high gloss finish, depending on your taste. This is one major advantage to custom hardwood floors. When Corlew and Perry installs your floors, we come in after the sanding process and lay multiple stains directly on your raw floors. You will get to see EXACTLY what your floor will look like. After you choose your stain, we re-sand the floor and install the stain of your choice with the shine of your choosing.
- How Long Will It Take to Install Hardwood Floors? – Custom floors will generally take longer because of the sanding, staining and finishing process. Pre-finished floors will already be stained and finished and will go down quicker. If time is of the essence for you, then a pre-finished hardwood floor is likely the best option for you.
- Can I Save Money if I Install My Own Hardwood Floors? – In theory…yes. In reality…not really. The reason is that there are several things that the novice floor installer will encounter that they didn’t take into account and will delay the install of the floors and in some cases cause the install to come to a complete stop. The time and effort you will save by hiring professionals is well worth the extra money.
There are several other questions to consider when thinking about hardwood floors, but these are a few that will help you begin to think properly about what the best hardwood floors for your situation. Let Corlew and Perry help you have a great floor in your home that you can enjoy for years to come. Call us today at (615) 832-0320!!