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What Questions Should We Ask Before Putting In A Laminate or Hardwood Floor?

Posted by xtian984 on April 27, 2015 at 3:35 PM

You know, in our world, we seem to ask the right questions after we have installed whatever we want – too late right? A proper floor isn’t just about what will look good; it is also about our uses for that same floor! What about the importance of being able to clean that floor easily?

Usually, the first thing I consider when I am thinking of installing a new floor is the cost – is the cost suitable for my budget? I am not just thinking of the floor here; but if you must buy felt pads for under the chair legs, or any other stationary piece of furniture these costs must fit into your budget as well so they must be considered before the point of sale. Little things such as felt pads can add up to more than expected.

The first thing to come to mind is that you must know what you are shopping for e.g., solid wood floor or engineered floor? Which one would serve your purposes better? Both of these floors are environmentally friendly so the main decision is where do you want to install this floor?

Solid wood flooring can be used anywhere but the basement of any home or building – concrete and solid wood flooring doesn’t match. Engineered floors are more dimensionally stable and can be nailed or stapled to a wood subfloor or a concrete slab.

An engineered wood floor is still 100% wood that can be re-sanded and re-finished, just not as often as other varieties of real wood floors.

As to the species of your floors, that depends on your own personal style and desires. Light floors (ash or maple) generally make a room more open and airy; medium floors (hickory and oak) make a room cozy and warm while the dark floors (walnut or mahogany) make a room appear more stately and refined. Every wood species is rated by hardness and durability as rated by the Janka Scale – ask the salesperson about the Janka Scale (this is very important and is and is very important to know this based on the traffic you will have on this floor).

In my experience, you should always buy more flooring than you need due to the fact of a piece of flooring put in incorrectly and/or matching colors for a fix-up later.

There are some myths around that say pets may damage your floors, you can’t sweep the floor anymore with a broom, shoes will hurt this floor and I can go on and on, but I won’t. As for the pets damaging your floor, just like you cut your nails on a regular basis, your pet’s nails should be cut on a regular basis as well. As far as not sweeping the floors with a broom, do you really think that a solid wood floor can’t be swept? Floor manufacturers wouldn’t be in business very long if people were unable to sweep their floors. I do recommend that you vacuum your floors once a week to get all that dust that you can’t get with the broom, but feel free to use a broom anytime. Yes, certain shoes will hurt or dent your floor, but unless you want to hear the staccato of those heels on the floor, you won’t be wearing your shoes in the house anyways.

If you are unsure of yourself, visit the professionals at G-Wood Flooring in Saskatoon.  Their main motto is to please the customer and feel good about their sale.  If the customer is not satisfied, this Company is not satisfied either.  Call or stop in at 832B Cynthia Street in Saskatoon, or call 306-974-5330 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5 pm - you won't be sorry!



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