Friday, January 9, 2009

Advantages of Do It Yourself Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is very durable. It looks great and can be repeatedly varnished and stained. It looks good in new or old houses and ages well. Installing hardwood flooring can raise the value of your house by thousands of dollars, even if you only have 100 feet or so of hardwood flooring in your home. You can choose from many types of woods, varying in hardness, character and looks. If you like, you can add wood inlays, stains, varnishes or wood patterns. You can make your hardwood floor exactly as you want it and if you can install it yourself, you are going to save a lot of money on builders and contractors.

It is very easy these days to install a hardwood floor yourself, even if you are inexperienced, because of the way the pieces are designed. You can save a lot of money on contractors and professional fitters. The wood comes in interlocking pieces. You have to snap these together to create a floating floor. That is all there is to it. It is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, only on a larger scale.

Before you invest in the hardwood, it is wise to think about other associated costs. You might need to buy some basic equipment to help you install the floor. Remember that a hardwood floor which is not varnished properly or level can lower the value of your house, so be sure you know what you are doing before you begin. If you have any doubts, a professional contractor might be a good idea and will be time saving. A professional contractor will charge several thousand dollars for his work and you might have to wait before the work begins.

Nearly everyone is capable of installing their own hardwood flooring because of how the do-it-yourself installation method has evolved and become far simpler. Many suppliers of hardwood floors know that their customers are not professional flooring fitters so they are usually willing to help or advise you.

It is possible to buy hardwood flooring in a kit that makes your task of fitting it seem even easier still. You can buy ‘pre-finished’ wooden flooring kits if you do not want to varnish the wood yourself. This means that you do not have to seal or finish the floor either before or after installing it. You can get floating floors which snap together like a jigsaw puzzle. If you have never fitting a hardwood floor before but want to give it a go, one of these easy kits is recommended.

Rob Buenaventura has worked in the home improvement industry for several years. Learn more about hardwood floor refinishing, flooring choices and other home remodeling ideas at

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