Home Improvement & Maintenance Tips : How to Choose Hardwood Floors

Home Improvement & Maintenance Tips : How to Choose Hardwood Floors


Hi, I’m Tim Gipson, I’m going to talk to you
about how to choose hardwood floors. Now, a couple things come into consideration when
you look at choosing your hardwood floors. The first is the budget that you have, and
then the second is the type of surface that you’re putting it down on. If you’re on a
slab then you’re going to have to have either a glue down type of flooring or a floating
type of floor whereas if you’re on a crawl space or you’re doing an upper level floor
where you’re putting down onto a wood subfloor, then you have the option of doing a nail down
application. Now when you’re choosing your hardwoods, you have hardwood such as this
which are a three quarter inch, in this case an oak flooring that is prefinished. When
you buy a pre-finished slab floor like this, and you put it down, it has a tongue and groove
where they hook together, and you use a special nailer which actually nails down into the
cleat here into your subfloor and secures this. One good thing about using the prefinished
flooring like this is once it’s nailed down, then it’s ready to go. Now you can also buy
this flooring unfinished, where once it’s down then you have to actually sand it, stain
it and refinishing it. So if you want a lot of options or if you want your options as
far as achieving a certain look that might be your best way to go. Now, in this room
here, we’re actually on a slab in this house so this particular floor is a hardwood floor
but it’s actually a composite hardwood floor which has these four inch slats which is a
tongue in groove but it’s more or less as a snap together, and this is a floating floor
which is good to use ’cause it’s easier installation, if you’re a do it yourselfer, the labor is
a lot lower, if you are contracting this out, and it works well over a slab. So essentially
it just floats to the edges of the room. And the way it holds it in place. One thing that’s
good about that is that if you have to change this down the road, it’s a little bit easier
or a lot easier to do than if you have a glue down application. So again, in selecting your
hardwood floors you want to look at your budget, how much you want to spend, and then you want
to look at finish. You can go with an oak, you can go with a cherry, you can go with
a maple, so you want to look at that look that you’re trying to achieve and the colors
that you’re trying to achieve. And a good place to go if you go to a factory outlet
or a direct outlet or something like that, or your home improvement stores, you can look
and see what your options are. So I’m Tim Gipson and that’s some tips on how to select
hardwood floor.

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