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FAQ’s: Purchasing Hardwood Floors

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Why should I buy hardwood floors?
Isn’t hardwood flooring expensive compared to carpet, vinyl and laminate?
How do I approach even choosing which hardwood floor I want?
Can I install hardwood flooring in a basement?
Should I buy solid or engineered hardwood flooring?
Do you sell unfinished wood flooring?
Are there any installation methods that are better than others?
Can I install hardwood flooring over radiant heat systems?

 

Why should I buy hardwood floors?

There are several reasons why people buy hardwood flooring. The hardwood flooring industry recognizes the sustainability and “green” factors the product brings to construction and the factors it can play in real estate value determinations. On top of this, hardwood floors help to accentuate many lifestyle choices. Plus we find it just plain easier to slide across the floor in socks with hardwood flooring compared to other flooring choices. For a detailed list of why hardwood floors might be right for you check out our article Benefits of Hardwood Flooring: 17 Reasons Why it Makes Sense.

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Isn’t hardwood flooring expensive compared to carpet, vinyl and laminate?

Pricing is determined by many factors in the hardwood flooring industry just like pricing is determined by similar factors with other types of flooring. When looking at hardwood flooring prices, keep in mind the potential value it can add to your home compared to other types of flooring. According to a survey done by the National Wood Flooring Association, Realtors found that in 90 percent of cases, houses with hardwood floors sold faster and at higher prices than homes that did not. Also consider the cost of how much materials may cost to repeatedly replace other types of flooring in the future. When cared for properly, hardwood flooring will last for several decades and eliminate the need to repeatedly be replaced, saving you money in the long run. 

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How do I approach even choosing which hardwood floor I want?

There are many things to consider when purchasing hardwood flooring. A great starting place is to look at colors or styles that match your décor or the look you’re trying to accomplish with your new hardwood floors. Next look at your budget and some of the restrictions there might be on which room you want the floor to be in. Our articles Before Buying Hardwood Floors: 4 Basic Considerations and Before Purchasing Hardwood Flooring: 7 More Things to Consider both offer great tips on how to start your search.

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Can I install hardwood flooring in a basement?

Yes, but it is strongly advised to only put engineered or a floating hardwood floor to reduce potential moisture issues that naturally happen within the basement or underground environment. Solid hardwood floors will experience damage in these high moisture environments. This is also true for any rooms partially beneath ground level, rooms in earth bermed homes and rooms in underground homes.

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Should I buy solid or engineered hardwood flooring?

It really depends on the room you want to install it, what the room will be used for going forward, your budget and personal preferences. For more information on the differences between solid and engineered flooring see our article Differences Between Solid, Engineered and Laminate Flooring. For the advantages of engineered hardwood flooring see our article Engineered Hardwood Flooring over Solid Hardwood Flooring: Advantages.

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Do you sell unfinished wood flooring?

No. Wood Monsters at this time only deals with prefinished hardwood flooring.

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Are there any installation methods that are better than others?

All installations should follow the National Wood Flooring Association Installation Guidelines. The installation method used to when installing your hardwood floor will be determined by the type of hardwood floor you purchase, the type of subflooring your installing it over and other factors that are addressed in the full guidelines. Each scenario is different. The best method is the one that installs the floor properly and preserves the quality for the rest of its life.

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Can I install hardwood flooring over radiant heat systems?

Yes, engineered hardwood floors are manufactured to withstand less impact from heat and moisture changes than solid hardwood flooring products. Your subfloor should never go over 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Floating an engineered floor over your radiant heat system will allow for free slight movements of the planks and avoid potential damage to the radiant heat system because nails or staples are not used. Refer the National Wood Flooring Association Installation Guidelines for more information.

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