There is almost nothing like the sheen and shine of a highly polished wood floor. Nothing looks or feels quite the same as real wood. Installing a wood floor can be quite a chore and the bigger the room or the more expensive the wood, the more important it can be to have it installed correctly and professionally.
Here are some tips to making sure that your hardwood floor is installed the right way, the first time and without breaking the budget.
Step One: Know your flooring needs:
- Do you understand the pros and cons of wood flooring?
- Is it appropriate for the room that you plan to install it in?
- Do you know how to properly care for your new wood floor when it is installed?
- Do you know the general price range of wood flooring?
- Do you have an idea of the type of wood and shade you would like?
Step Two: Know your time, budget and other concerns
- Can you bear the cost of this project at this time?
- When do you want this started and completed?
- Do you want the contractor to be a specialist in wood or does general flooring contract fill the bill?
- Do you have any other concerns that the flooring expert might have to address?
Step Three: Know what you are looking for in a professional:
- Licensed contractor in Alaska
- Experienced and certified in wood flooring installation
- Highly regarded by his peers and industry leaders
- Referred by professionals
- Positive references from previous clients
- Long standing member of the community
Step Four: Additional Questions for the flooring contractor:
- Do you have photos of prior work?
- Do you mind if I check your references?
- Are you a member of any professional guild?
- Do you give free written estimates for your work?
- Do you guarantee your workmanship?
After having the flooring installed and the project is complete, make sure that the contractor explains the exact best way to care for your new wood flooring so that it stays as beautiful as it is at this moment. There are some products that are advertised as "safe" for wood floors, but are really not recommended for it. As with any product, regardless of its specified usage, you should spot test in a hidden corner. Most flooring dealers and contractors have specific recommendations for care and products. Follow their advice.