Here are our ANSWERS to QUESTIONS you might have when purchasing a new wood floor:
What is my budget?
Budget is always a major consideration for most families when renovating or building. Putting in cheaper flooring may be tempting, but will it enhance the value of your home? Wood flooring usually does. How often would you have to replace it? If you go with cheap flooring you may have to redo it in a few years. Quality flooing will last for a very long time. The answer is to buy the very best you can afford. In the long run, it will cost less than buying cheap flooring. It will also increase your resale value.
How much flooring do I need?
To figure out how much flooring you need you must measure square footage of the rooms you want to cover. Most professional installers will measure it for you, but if you’re doing it yourself multiply the dimensions of the room for square footage. When ordering, always order a little more (about 5-10%) in case some boards are damaged, trimming waster or you have more space in closets, etc. We can help you figure that part out – no problem!
What kind of wood should I choose?
Where you live is important to the choice of wood. In humid areas that are at or below sea level, tropical wood or engineered wood flooring is your best choice. In drier areas, any type of wood will work well.
The rooms you plan to put wood flooring in should also be considered. Denser, harder woods, like white oak won’t dent like a softer wood like cherry. Nearly all woods are durable enough for high traffic areas as long as reasonable care is taken. You can come to our showroom, see what you like and we’ll tell you if it’s suitable for the space. Our clients are never disappointed with the floors they choose at Housatonic Hardwoods, Inc.
What colors and finishes are available?
There are hundreds of choices on the market today. Engineered woods come in a huge variety of looks and colors, and solid woods are harvested from dozens of tree species. Finishes include hand rubbed/scraped for a rustic look to highly polished lacquered finish. Most of our material is sold and installed as unfinished flooring.
What’s the difference between real wood and engineered wood?
Engineered hardwood floors are made up of a top layer of a real hardwood species and a core, typically consisting of multiple plywood layers laminated together to form a durable plank. The result is more dimensionally stable than solid wood and better able to withstand humidity and other moisture. The biggest disadvantages are that some of the less expensive engineered woods do not look or feel like hardwoods, and none have the everlasting longevity of any solid wood. The average life of engineered wood flooring is about 30 years. Solid woods can last centuries with good care, and are often rescued and sold as reclaimed.
How do maintain wood floors?
Wood floors are incredibly easy to maintain and generally require no special products. Just keep them swept or vacuumed clean of sand and debris to prevent scratching, and damp mop once in a while with a mild solution of vinegar and water. Clean up wet spills immediately to avoid staining from liquids seeping into the wood. Wood floors do not collect dust and allergens and are far healthier for your indoor environment than carpeting.
Can I refinish my floor if it gets damaged?
Solid wood floors can be restored to their original beauty many times over the life of the floor by sanding and refinishing. Engineered woods have only a thin veneer and, depending on the quality of the floor, may be sanded a few times.
What else will I need?
For wood floor installations, sub-flooring is necessary. You also need matching trim and molding. These will come standard with most engineered wood products, but not with solid wood flooring. Also, don’t forget your wood floor registers if you’re looking for a continuous wood feel across the room.