Replacing Your Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are often desirable in any home. They are elegant, long-lasting, and usually of high quality. However, sometimes hardwood floors come with problems of their own. They can become squeaky, worn or scratched, or warped through damage. Here are some things to consider when you are in need of updating your hardwood flooring

Structure

Some fixes are going to require more than just a simple home project. Some problems are simple to repair, such as cracks or stains. Other problems are more extreme and may not be easy to fix. Make sure you can identify the problem before attempting to fix it yourself. Structural damage such as foundational damage, extreme movement between boards, or buckling will require complete reconstruction and the assistance of a professional. 

Material

Choosing the right material to update your hardwood flooring is essential. There are many different types of wood that support hardwood flooring, such as maple, cherry, and monarch plank european oak. There are exotic options such as teak, rosewood, or mesquite. You can use solid hardwood flooring that can be sanded and refinished as many times as your home style changes. Engineered hardwood is usually more stable and less susceptible to changes in humidity, and is acceptable for basements. However, engineered hardwood can often only be refinished once or twice. 

Finishing

Depending on the scope of your re-flooring project, you will need to decide between a finished or unfinished hardwood. Unfinished flooring allows you to customize your finish to match the style of your home but takes longer to install and finish. Pre-finished flooring is already sanded and sealed and allows for quicker installation to immediately walk on. 

Whatever the reason for updating your hardwood flooring, be sure to consider the existing structure, the material you would like, and whether or not the wood is finished before you begin your project.