Most people love hardwood flooring. It’s easy to clean and it won’t trap dust the way a carpet can. I recently replaced my dingy rug with a gleaming Red Oak hardwood floor. After getting price estimates and comparing order samples, I decided to use the neighborhood store. The installation didn’t break my budget. Here are five tips that can also save you money.
(1) Know what’s under the rug
Do you know if the subfloor is concrete or plywood? It’s important to be sure. Most hardwood flooring is installed in horizontal planks. They’re assembled in layers that click together, and then nailed in to keep them intact. A concrete floor may cost more because it has to be glued on with a special adhesive.
The floating style
Hardwood flooring can float-meaning it’s not nailed in. While this may sounder cheaper, that may not be the case. You have to consider the cost of having an under bed, material needed to cushion the flooring, that goes with the float type of installation. Know what’s under the rug and you’ll save yourself some bucks from the get go.
(2) Know your space
You should know the exact square yards of each room. All you have to do is check out the original blue print of the house. If you have a base to work from, the estimator won’t go crazy adding square yards that you don’t need.
(3) Make good use of your space
Hardwood flooring can have a thickness of ¾ a plank or less. I used the thicker planks downstairs and the kitchen, the spaces with the most traffic. I used the thinner flooring upstairs, including closets. I saved a couple of hundred dollars.
What if where you live the weather is freaky? It can mess with the natural movement of real wood. You might want to consider engineered hardwood flooring. The planks will remain flat and stable regardless of crazy seasonal changes. This may save you money in the long run.
(4) Keep the molding
It isn’t necessary to get rid of your original molding unless you don’t mind spending about 800.00 dollars or more. Most of the big outfits will try to convince you that the original molding won’t fit back on correctly. Stand your ground. You don’t need to have people rip apart your perfectly good molding just so they can charge you more money.
(5) Try to deal with the local
Consider using a local flooring store. The contractor will have likely done a lot of work in your neighborhood. He or she will have people who can vouch for his or her work. The local contractor will also be aware of the rules and regulations concerning how to get rid of that carpet that’s now thrash. You’ll save yourself a big fine.
Well, I’m happy with my Red Oak hardwood floor. It’s easy to clean and I’m not sneezing anymore from all the dust and bacteria that was trapped in the carpet. I didn’t bust my budget. You can do the same.