In today’s world of tutorials, Pinterest and YouTube, can make it look as if you can do anything. From recipes, to sewing and crafting, all the way up to flooring installation, you’re likely to find a video or blog post that can let you in on “all the insider’s secrets”. The truth is, there are some things that work great as a weekend around-the-house project. On the other hand, there are those that should never be attempted. Installation of solid wood flooring is one of those things.
About Floors n’ More knows that your floors aren’t just a decorative home element, they’re an investment in your future. This is definitely the case with wood flooring, which adds value to your home in the event of a resale. Since hardwood flooring is likely to be the last floor you ever need to install, it’s important to get it done right the first time. And we’re here to make sure that’s what happens. We would love for you to stop by and speak with one of our flooring professionals for more information. Just visit us at our showroom in Jacksonville, FL, where someone will be standing by to answer all your questions.
Wood Floors for the Long Haul
Whether you choose solid wood floors or engineered hardwood flooring, a professional installation is absolutely your best choice. There are so many novice mistakes that can be unintentionally made, that it’s simply not worth the risk. For instance, the flooring itself must be acclimated to your specific home environment. This can take up to a week, during which time the flooring must be opened and allowed to get use to the atmosphere in your home.
Once the flooring has been through the acclimation process, it’s time to begin installing it. The experienced professional will know exactly how much of a gap needs to be left around the outside edges to allow for contraction and expansion. Doing this step wrong can lead to excessive future problems, such as wood that buckles, warps or even splits in response to the temperature changes or humidity in your home.
Finally, a professional will also know exactly how to sand, finish and coat the top of the flooring. This will have a huge impact on how well the wood stands up to everyday wear and tear, and how long it can last before needing to be refinished.