The Stunning Appeal of Hardwood Floor Installation
As a flooring contractor, I must confess that I take more pleasure in observing hardwood flooring installations than you would. Transforming your new wood floor from planks to perfection is a fascinating process that should not be missed. In my opinion, a craftsman uses wood in their work. The looks of contentment on their faces say it all. When two people are working together, you won’t hear much conversation. Their attention to detail speaks volumes. The completed work has the potential to captivate you.
To be honest, I don’t think I’m exaggerating. Professional flooring installation requires specialized knowledge and training that the average homeowner doesn’t have. Professionals in the trade know just how to lay hardwood floors.
Your contractor will have discussed your preferences in wood species and finishes with you before installation. Hardwood flooring is versatile enough to enhance an existing aesthetic or be the starting point for a completely new design scheme. In addition to the more common red oak, various woods such as white oak, maple, walnut, cherry, and hickory can be used.
As you approach the room, you have determined whether the boards will seem vertical or horizontal. Maybe you’re going for a “coast to coast” hardwood floor installation in which each area flows into the next. The contractor will have chosen the level of sub-floor preparation required. You will have got your estimate with this data and precise measurements. When you factor in how long natural wood lasts, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how cheap it is.
A reputable business should offer to relocate or store your belongings for you. Many people are taking advantage of the convenient “boxes” available for short-term rental that can be sent straight to their homes. Crews should gladly relocate it, taking all necessary precautions to protect your brand-new floor.
It doesn’t matter the weather; you can put in a hardwood floor. Some clients want to “acclimatize” their wood by having it “live” in the house for a while before it is laid, allowing any natural expansion or contraction to occur beforehand. The skilled workers can adjust the breadth of the planks as soon as they get started. The tongues and grooves for most of today’s standard-width wood are pre-cut at the manufacturer to provide the best possible fit. Carpenters with experience can always resize or recut wood to suit their needs. Now comes the time for that systematic, step-by-step procedure. I still find it enjoyable to both observe and partake in. You’re getting a floor that’s tailored to your exact specifications. You can’t buy it in a store and expect it to fit everyone.
There is no need to be concerned about dust; cutting-edge dust containment devices mean that very little dust is needed these days. This is the primary concern of most homeowners considering installing wood flooring. They’re drawn to the style but have concerns about the dust. There is no need to deal with dust. The cutting and sanding of your flooring may generate dust. However, I have found that as sanding advances, 98% of the dust may be collected and disposed of. These high-powered devices are surprisingly tidy and practical. Cutting and sanding dust are attracted to the exterior of your home. The dust won’t be able to travel to other areas or settle on surfaces.
Floors are stained once they have been sanded and are ready to accept color. Hardwood flooring may be finished with either oil or water, one of its many advantages. If you’re having trouble deciding on a final color for the finish, ask for a few “test” pieces. Not only can you change the tone, but you can also alter the sheen and texture. Colors can complement existing decor, such as upholstery or window coverings. You can go on a whole other hue course.
Installing hardwood floors might be a pleasant surprise because of their low maintenance. They like that wood doesn’t bother their allergies. Wooden floors don’t trap dirt and debris like carpet, making them healthier. Cleanup is as simple as sweeping or vacuuming.
The art of laying hardwood floors is quite stunning. Naturally, the final result is as well.
In Chicago, Illinois, Creative Floors is owned and operated by Johnny Sas. He has been in the flooring industry for decades, and nothing makes him happier than seeing a satisfied customer after he has placed a new floor. Learn more at Johnny’s webpage,