Purchasing hardwood flooring is a big decision and a major investment in your home. This is why it is crucial to understand the process from beginning to end. Selecting the right flooring installation company and also the right type of hardwood flooring is the key to ensuring a lifetime of satisfaction.
Step 1: Find the Right Installation Company
Hiring a professional installation company is one of the most important steps in this process. Keep in mind that your hardwood floors are an investment that should last for many, many years to come. You want it to be done right the first time. You should consider a few different factors when choosing an installation company:
•Referrals-A reputable company should be able to provide you with referrals from past satisfied customers.
•Service-Look for prompt and friendly service.
•Certification & Licensing-Be sure that the installers you choose are certified by the NWFA and have the proper licensing.
•Pricing-Don’t be tempted by a bargain basement company. Choose an installer that is in your price range, but not unreasonably expensive.
•Schedule– Flexibility is important. Will the company work around your schedule?
Step 2: The Consultation
After you find an installation company, an in-home consultation is the next step. During the consultation, your floor will be measured, and you will get an installation estimate. This is also a time to speak with an expert about your flooring needs and expectations. Ideally, the consultation will help you achieve a balance between your flooring budget and needs. The complete consultation should take no more than two hours.
Step 3: Selecting Your Flooring
Each wood species has a unique look that is created by the grain, color, and veining. When choosing a species, consider the look you want to achieve in the home. Oak, maple, birch, cherry, and walnut are all popular choices, but don’t feel obligated to make a conventional choice.
As you view samples, you may want to consider the type of look you are going for currently as well as changes you might want to make in the future. For example, if you are considering a darker wood, think about whether or not you can live with this choice for the next 50 years.
Step 4: Install and Enjoy!
The installation process itself is pretty straightforward. Your installers will remove your old flooring such as carpet and prepare the subfloor. They will then begin the process of installing your flooring. Depending on the size of the room(s), you should set aside a full day for installation. If you have hired the right professionals, there won’t be much for you to do. Your installation team should take care of everything from preparing the space to cleaning up any messes they make in the process.
Getting new hardwood flooring is a serious decision, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle. Take your time and choose the right installation company and the right type of hardwood flooring. If you choose carefully and wisely, then will be able to enjoy beautiful, quality hardwood floors for years to come.