Understanding Flooring Options

3 Things To Consider When Buying Hardwood Floors

by Vincent Hoffman

When it comes to hardwood floors, there are many different options to choose from. You can find super affordable composite products, expensive raw hardwoods, and everything in between. The fact of the matter is, no two hardwood flooring products are the same. You need to closely consider all options to make sure you find a product that fits your style and maintenance needs. If you plan on installing your own floors, you need to do extra research to make sure you find an easy-to-install product. This article explains three important things to look for when shopping for hardwood floors that you plan on installing on your own.

Finding a Modular Product

If you are considering self installing your hardwood, you need to find a modular product. There are many different types of modular design, but most have a simple tongue and groove system. The pieces basically interlock with each other, without using any fasteners or glues. You will usually still glue the bottom of the hardwood to the subfloor, but the individual pieces do not need to be glued to each other.

Adhesive Backed Products

Another consideration you need to make if you plan on installing your own hardwood, is the adhesive. Some products are self-adhesive. That is, they have the paper back that peels off, so they can be applied to your floor kind of like a sticker. These are super convenient because you don't need to use any additional flooring adhesive. Some people prefer to just use construction adhesive with hardwood products that just have a flat bottom. This gives you a little more wiggle room when it comes to installation because you can often remove planks before the adhesive dries. So, if you do make a mistake, you will have more time to fix it.

Floating Floors

Additionally, you can install your floor without using any adhesive. This technique is called a floating floor. The great thing about floating floors is that they can't be removed quite easily. Often, home owners who are renting their properties will install floating hardwood, using a cheap product, and removing it when the tenant moves out. This way, if the floor gets damaged (which is inevitable), it does not really matter because it is so easy to rip up and replace.

These are just some of the most important things that you need to consider before buying and installing hardwood floors. For more information, contact companies like McSwain Carpets and Floors.