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Hardwood Flooring Installation Cost

Updated on October 9, 2010

Worried About Hardwood Flooring Installation Cost? Cheap Isn't Always Better

Afraid that hardwood floor installation cost will spell ruin in terms of your home improvement budget? Well, this doesn't have to be the case. There are many discount or wholesale options on the market, but don't make the mistake of opting for really cheap hardwood flooring. You may just discover that this can be an expensive mistake to make.

With a bit of homework, you can find a supplier that will help you to keep your hardwood floor installation cost as low as possible, while still providing you with a quality product. Remember that when the time comes to sell your home, a great-looking floor can become a major selling point.

It is true that laminate and vinyl flooring products are popping up all over the place and offer durability, affordability and good value in many instances. However, even with all the new innovations on the market, hardwood flooring still remains a top-notch interior design and home remodeling choice. It's features can be emulated, but it is almost impossible to match its character and warmth.

Your Hardwood Floor Installation Cost Is Determined By Choices Such As

- French Bleed Hardwood Flooring

- Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

- Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

- Hand Scraped Hardwood Floors

- Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring

- Stained Hardwood Floors

The variety is almost endless. You can browse through loads of shades, finishes and textures. Each wood species is unique and sports its own grain pattern and texture. No two wood floors will be exactly alike. You can choose from red oak to maple, cherry wood, alder wood or birch.

Benefits Of A Hardwood Floor Installation

- Can add value to your property

- May improve the structural strength of the home

- Natural-looking warmth and textures

- Durability

So, how can you know if you are making the right buying decision? The one solution is to get hold of a range of free samples. Making a choice will be much easier if you can hold the particular style in your hand while coordinating colors with your furnishings. Imagine being able to run your fingers over the different textures. Well, this has now become possible. You don't have to go on internet pictures any longer. You can pick and choose free hardwood flooring samples to your heart's content.

You can also consider installing discount engineered wood flooring. These now come in easy, click-together planks for a quick installation. Depending on your choice, the planks can be either glued down or floated. Engineered hardwood has a core consisting of hardwood or High Density Fiber (HDF). It is then topped with a real wood veneer. This gives you the look and texture of real, solid hardwood.

Benefits Of Discount Engineered Wood Flooring

- Won't be such a problem in areas where there are many extremes in terms of climate

- Can be installed in areas not suitable for solid hardwood, for instance where moisture may be a problem

- May be installed over a concrete sub-floor

- Glueless click-together installation for DIY fans

Solid hardwood flooring does require more in terms of maintenance, but when it comes to adding value, it may just come out tops time and again. With a bit of shopping around, you can still get the kind of price that keeps your hardwood floor installation cost down


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    • rsusan profile imageAUTHOR

      Rika Susan 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Good to see you here, carcro. Yes, the options these days are so varied. Hope you find the right match for your home and family.

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      Paul Cronin 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg

      Definitely one of my next home projects is to install new flooring, still haven't determined just which kind. As your article notes, there is so much to consider. Thanks for sharing your expertise on this!


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