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What To Look For In Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a stylish upgrade that breathe new life into a room. It looks great, but it is also very durable. These are just some of the reasons that luxury homes are often built with hardwood floors. Many people choose this remodel because it is a doable DIY project. There are very few home remodels that you can do on your and still make such a drastic change in the home. Most comparable remodels need to be handled by professional installers. However, not all hardwood products are easy to install. This article explains what to look for in a hardwood floor product if you want to install it on your own.

Modular Design

The most important feature, if you are considering installing your own hardwood floors, is making sure they have a modular design. The most common modular systems have a tongue and groove on each wood plank. Basically, the tongue is inserted into the groove at an angle and then snapped down to make it tight. Some styles will not require any further fastening to attach the boards. However, most will need to be lightly tapped with a rubber mallet to create a perfect fit. Many of the planks will need to be cut to length with a miter saw, but this is true with any type of hardwood. Measuring and cutting the planks is the hardest part of the job, but it is much easier if you have a miter saw.

Prepackage With Instructions

The installation will be much easier if you buy a prepackaged product. The prepackaged hardwood floors include all of the instructions and trim pieces. You can easily get the right amount of flooring by seeing how much square footage each package covers. The packages are not too big, so one person can usually carry 2 or 3 at a time. The packages include detailed step by step instructions, and all the tools that are necessary for the job. It is also worth picking up the packaged floors and comparing the weight. Obviously, the constant lifting and bending over is going to be tiring. But, if you are stuck between choosing two products, it is smart to go with the lighter one. It will reduce the stress on your body and help you to keep up the pace without getting too tired.

If a floor does not have all of these features, it might not be too easy to install. Some floors have tricky mechanisms and require extra reinforcement with screws and glue. This makes the floor installation significantly more time consuming.