Locking Hardwood Installation
Hardwood flooring is one of the top choices for homes around the country and with good reason. Hardwood flooring comes in wonderful colors, designs, and species so no matter your home decorum, you will have many wonderful options from which to choose. Hardwood is also highly durable, strong, and for the investment, a great return on your money.
If you want to have hardwood flooring installed by a professional for your home, a number of things should be considered. For instance, the system of flooring you choose may cost you more in labor than it does for the actual material. Therefore, if you are cost conscious, you might consider all the installation methods. Additionally, if you want the most expensive method used, shop around for a professional that offers a good price.
You also want to remember that if any work were required on your existing floor to prepare it for the hardwood, it might cost a little extra. Sometimes, especially in older homes, subfloors are uneven, gouged, or have other problems that must first be prepared. Now, depending on the problem and your skill level, you may be able to save money by doing the repair yourself. However, it would be important to make sure you do the work according to the installer's preference so the hardwood floor goes down, as it should.
Another cost consideration would be movement or removal of any furniture or appliances. For example, if you were having hardwood flooring installed in the kitchen, the refrigerator, dishwasher, and stove would need to be removed and then replaced once the floor is in place. Again, you may be able to save a little money by doing the work yourself. Otherwise, expect that you would be charged for this service. Of course, the most important thing here is to take precautions to ensure your new floor is not scratched when replacing furniture or appliances.
Other considerations that go along with pricing for the installation of hardwood floors are baseboard, quarter round, trim, kick guards, etc. These would all need to be removed for the flooring to be installed and then replaced. Typically, the professional installer would be happy to do the work but you will pay. Keep in mind that putting this type of trim down is relatively easy so we strongly recommend you consider doing the work yourself, as a means of saving on cost.
Finally, if your hardwood flooring were being installed in a bedroom for example, you may find the door no longer opens and closes right because of height being added by the floor. For this, you can purchase an inexpensive file designed specifically for shaving down wood. All you would need to do is measure the amount of wood to be shaven on the bottom of the door and then file, followed by a gentle sanding and perhaps touching up of paint.