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.