Hardwood Flooring: What You Need to Know
Hardwood is a great option if you’re considering replacing your home’s floors. It’s durable, beautiful, and easy to clean. But before you run out to the local lumberyard or design center, you should know a few things about choosing the right hardwood for your home. Here are some tips from our experts at Cypress Hardwood Flooring to help you make sure your new floor looks great and lasts long.
Hardwood Flooring: Know the Basics
Before you begin your flooring project, it’s important to know the basics. If you’re unfamiliar with hardwood floors and how they’re different from other types of flooring, take some time to research the topic to make an informed decision.
Hardwood floors are made from solid wood planks that have been sanded or scraped until they become smooth before being polished. They can be installed in several ways: floating (with glue) or glued down (with nails). The quality and price of a hardwood floor are determined by its grade—select, premium, prime, and common—as well as its thickness (4″ is average for residential).
Engineered Hardwood Floors
Engineered wood products are built with layers of different materials, such as plywood or particleboard covered by veneers or laminates. Typically, these are less expensive than solid hardwoods but still provide durability and style. Engineered green lines use recycled content in their manufacturing process. Sustainable certifications ensure environmentally-friendly production practices such as recycling wastewater during manufacturing processes rather than using freshwater resources like tap water used in regular manufacturing cycles.
Hardwood Flooring: Avoid Common Mistakes
There are several common misconceptions about hardwood floors that can make it difficult to choose the right kind of flooring. Can you afford to own hardwood floors? Here’s what you need to know.
Hardwood Flooring Costs: When it comes to cost, the average cost of the hardwood floor installation in a typical 1,500-square-foot home is $4,405 for engineered wood and $7,105 for solid wood. However, this doesn’t consider any other components needed for installation, such as padding or carpet removal (if applicable).
Choose the Right Wood
Choosing the right wood is key to ensuring that your hardwood flooring lasts, looks great, and provides all the benefits of a beautiful, durable floor. Hardwood comes in wide varieties, including oak, walnut, and cherry. Each type has its unique colour and grain pattern, so you can find exactly what you want for your space.
As well as being long-lasting and easy to maintain, hardwood floors are also a good investment because they can increase the resale value of your home while costing less than other options like carpets or linoleum tiles over time.
If you’re worried about high-traffic areas causing damage to your new hardwood floors (e.g., kitchen/dining room), talk to a hardwood flooring installation contractor about resilient rubber underlay—this material helps prevent damage from frequent foot traffic or scraping chairs.
Vancouver Hardwood Flooring Experts
For all your hardwood flooring needs, you can rely on expert advice at Cypress Hardwood Flooring. You can book a free, no-obligation consultation to ask your burning hardwood-related questions and determine the best solutions for your specific home and its flooring needs.