There are some important things to consider when purchasing hardwood. The first consideration should be "where will it be installed?" A bathroom may not be the best place to install hardwood due to sensitivity to humidity and pooling of water. Some hardwoods have to be installed at or above grade, while others, like engineered hardwood, can be used below grade. For example, in a basement.
Another question to consider is "Does it fit your dcor?" Today's hardwoods come in a variety of colors, sizes, designs, species and qualities. Hardwood is natural and can be scratched or dented with misuse. Hardwoods that are stapled or nailed need a sub floor that will hold the fastener and hardwood also needs an expansion joint around the perimeter. Transitions are another important part of finishing off your hardwood project.
An internet search for hardwood flooring can be misleading, especially if you base your buying decision on price. Hardwood pricing reflects the clearness of boards, and means less knots and no mineral streaking. Less expensive hardwoods usually contain short and crooked boards that lengthen the installation process, create more waste and can actually increase the overall cost of the job. In the long run, you'll save time, money and aggravation by dealing with a flooring company experienced in hardwood floor installation.
What you should know:
- Hardwoods can go over radiant heat as long as the temperature does not exceed 85F.
- Just like fine wine, hardwood improves with age, and it is a great investment that increases the value of your home.