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Avoiding Common Mistakes When Purchasing Hardwood Floors

The experience of choosing a new type of flooring can be simultaneously exciting and stressful. Here are a few tips that will make your decision process easier:

Type of Flooring

The type of flooring you desire is one of your first considerations. Each type of wood is different. Some of the varieties include solid hardwood or engineered hardwood. The decision isn’t as easy as it may seem. Picking the flooring from style preference alone isn’t always the best way to go. Many other factors should be taken into consideration to avoid future problems with your floor.

Species

Certain wood species are more durable than others. Make sure that the floor you choose fits your lifestyle. Take into consideration the amount of traffic in your home as you wouldn’t want a softer type of wood in a home with heavy traffic. There are a countless number of styles and species to choose from so understanding the quality is vital.

Preparation

The type of flooring you choose will ultimately determine the preparation you must do prior to installation. Some floors can be easily installed whereas others need extra preparation which adds to your costs. However hardwood flooring offers an array of possibilities. You can install it almost anywhere, on any level of your home. There may be a few extra steps needed in certain circumstances depending on type of material you choose.

Limitations

When installing hardwood flooring it is essential to avoid rooms that have frequent changes in humidity. Most people would assume that the kitchen should be avoided because of constant exposure to water but actually installing solid hardwood flooring in the kitchen is fine. The reason is because water is not left on the floor, which would damage it. The situations that are problematic are bathrooms with shower or tub because the steam from the shower and the possibility of an overflowing tub could be disastrous. Laundry rooms also generate a lot of moist heat which would be very problematic for hardwood floors.

Installation

Although it is possible to install your solid hardwood flooring yourself, you should not attempt it without some guidance. The expert staff at MacDonald Hardwoods is available to come out to your home and measure the room for you. They will inform you of any special circumstances that may cause you problems with a self-install. If you do decide to install your solid hardwood flooring yourself, MacDonald Hardwoods provides training free of charge to its customers. They will explain all of the steps involved and they will be available to answer questions throughout process.

From beginning to end, the knowledge and expertise of the MacDonald Hardwoods staff is at your disposal. They can help you select a color, finish, texture and species of wood that matches your interior décor, your local climate, and your budget. In addition, they provide top-of-the-line cleaning products and supplies to keep your floors looking fabulous. MacDonald Hardwoods is a name you can trust. Come visit their showroom in downtown Denver.

2015 Macwoods Survey headerOur 2015 survey of designers might also help you in your hardwood journey.  Take a look and see what they recommend for new houses, remodels, houses with pets, and more.