Here's 5 things you need to consider before installing a hardwood floor in your home.
1. How much money to you want to spend?
2. Do you want to install it yourself or hire a professional flooring company?
3. How long do you want your new wood floor to last?
4. What is your sub-floor construction? Will the wood flooring overlay concrete or plywood?
5. What is the flooring environment? What will the floor have to withstand. Pets, children, high traffic, humidity, dirt, etc.
Here's 3 types of wood flooring to consider.
1. Laminate Flooring
2. Engineered Wood
3. Solid Wood
Here's the pro's and con's of each type.
- pro= generally have the lowest price per square foot
- pro= good variety, easy to find
- pro= can be installed by a do-it-yourselfer
- con= floating floor with hollow sound when walked on
- con= generally the least durable
- pro= combines the pros of solid wood and laminate
- pro= multiple thicknesses and color choices
- pro= can be installed by advanced do-it-yourselfer
- con= glue down or nail down installation
- con= wear surface generally 3/16" thick or less, limited refinishing tolerance
- pro= the classic wood floor that can last for decades
- pro= thickness available from 5 1/16" to 3/4"
- pro= thicker varieties can be refinished when needed
- con= most expensive
- con= generally requires professional installation via nail down or glue down
Need more information before you decide?
Here's 3 great reference websites to check out.
Here's 3 Southeast Texas Companies that install hard wood floors.
- Mayes Wood Flooring
- American Steam-A-Way Flooring Center
- Beaumont Flooring Directory provides names and numbers of several local flooring companies.
If you are one of the Southeast Texans who wants the natural look and aesthetic appeal of a hardwood floor, before you spend your hard earned money, just remember not all hardwood floors are created equal.