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Updating Old Hardwood Flooring

Updating Old Hardwood Flooring

The flooring in a house is often one of the first things people notice in terms of internal finishes. This is because it is a clear signal of quality or lack thereof. If you are thinking of replacing hardwood flooring in your home, first you should consider whether it would be better to just refurbish it. Refinishing your floors can add new life to them and save you lots of money, which makes it a choice worth considering.

The big argument against refurbishing is that it won’t fix many of the problems inherent in the floor. You can’t refinish away the squeaky sounds of the boards, and that is a clear case where it would make more sense to just completely redo the flooring and save yourself a lot of potential trouble.

Some people elect to lay new flooring over the previous flooring, but that doesn’t always solve that problem and can result in hardwood being visible through the sheet vinyl or other types of flooring. If you are going to take this route, first make sure you research what the end product will be like when finished. The last thing you want is to have flooring you unhappy with just because you thought you could cut some corners. Also, it is likely that the floor height will increase as well, so be aware of this and factor it in to your decision, particularly when it comes to clearance for doors, and removing / installing dishwashers.

Removing hardwood flooring is probably going to be the worst part of this whole process. If you’re intending to reuse any of the hardwood, you will have carefully remove the nails and remove the pieces in sequence. However, even if you are trying to get rid of the entire floor, it is going to take some time and patience. Most of the time, you can use a power tool to speed up this process. Many people elect to do this by themselves, but if you wish to pay a professional, it will probably cost around $1.25 psf.

Something to consider when you are laying your new flooring, is that it is usually prudent to add an underlayment, for additional sound reduction. This will also help your new flooring stay in place, and will reduce any squeaking, as friction with nails going up and down in the subflooring should be eliminated.

When laying the new hardwood flooring, nailing is preferable to gluing. This will give a neater outcome and you are able to keep the boards closer together. Baseboards which are secured to the wall will also be helpful in keeping the boards pinned down around the edges. As a general estimate, you can expect to pay anywhere from $8.00 to $12.00 per square foot for your new flooring for top quality products. Depending on your contractor, labour costs can significantly increase this, but that part is up to you and your negotiating skills.

Hardwood Floors: Tips for Selecting Flooring

Do Hardwood Flooring Make any Difference to The Value of Your Home?

To create great looking hardwood floors in your home requires several important functional and design considerations to get it right.  Whether you are considering natural hardwood floors, bamboo, or even laminate flooring – pay close attention to the following tips.

DESIGN STYLES

With thousands of colors and styles to select from today it can seem like a daunting task to make the right flooring choice. To narrow the field down it is recommended that you select a flooring style that complements your overall interior design style. Nothing will look worse that a glaring clash of styles, so make sure your new flooring complements your existing (of planned) interior design. Look here for a quick summary of matching hardwood floors and their design styles.

SITUATIONAL FACTORS

Almost every install will have physical or functional requirements that will further narrow down the scope and selection of an appropriate hardwood or laminate flooring system. Here is a brief summary of factors to consider:

FLOOR TRAFFIC EXPECTATIONS

The quantity and type of traffic you expect on your floors will impact the flooring material you can choose. Laminates offer high durability, as well as wood species that have high “hardness rankings” on the Janka scale. Softer woods are generally not a good selection for high traffic areas.

SUB FLOORING

The quality of any new hardwood flooring installation can only be as good as the sub floor underneath. For the best outcomes, the sub floor should be dry, stable, and level. Concrete sub floors generally are only acceptable for laminate installations, but you should be mindful of installing a quality underlayment that provides an appropriate moisture barrier as well as good sound installation. Poor laminate installations will sound very hollow when walking on it.

HUMIDITY AND TEMPERATURE

To prevent warping and cupping of floors make sure there is adequate ventilation and regulated temperatures thought the year. Laminates work best in areas that experience higher humidity levels.

INSTALLATION

The time and cost of installation is an often-overlooked factor in floor selection decisions. Glueless click-style floating laminate floor systems can be a weekend project for experienced do-it-yourselvers, and can save a lot of installation labor. Other flooring installation methods are generally more complex and will require professional installation in most cases.

WARRANTY

Making a successful claim under a flooring warranty often requires that you can demonstrate the product was installed exactly as per the manufacture’s recommendations and that the damage is not a product of wear and tear or poor workmanship. Hiring a professional installer and dealing with a large brand name product that has an established track record is your best protection.