Many of us have high aspirations for do-it-yourself projects, especially as summer approaches and the days get longer. We’re here today to tell you to leave wood floor installation off of your DIY project list.
Now, you might have just sighed in relief. If you were looking for a sign to hire a professional, this is it. If you’re not convinced, hear us out. We’re going to highlight several of the reasons it’s essential to hire an expert to install your wood flooring.
Avoid the Mess That Comes With DIY Projects
Installing your own wood flooring can quickly turn your home into a disaster zone full of sawdust, glue and good intentions. That’s a fate best avoided, both for your sake and your family’s.
When you hire a professional to install your wood flooring, you don’t have to worry about gluing or nailing it into place. The glue tends to smell terrible and get everywhere, and it’s unfortunately easy to split a board while attempting to nail it down.
The subflooring already present in your home and several other factors all influence the best installation method for your new flooring.
If the flooring you’re having installed will have to be finished on-site, professional installation is a must. You don’t want to have to deal with sanding and finishing, and even minor mistakes or mishaps can lead to more significant problems down the road.
Other benefits that come from hiring a professional:
- They already have all of the necessary tools, which means you won’t have to purchase and then store new materials you’ll never use again.
- They will clean up after themselves, including disposing of your old flooring.
- You’re paying them, and they will stick to their schedule. If you frequently find yourself saying, “I’ll get to it next weekend,” about projects and then find yourself pushing your plans back as other, more pressing things come up, this is a huge plus.
Hiring someone to do the work for you can provide you with peace of mind that DIY projects often lack.
Get the Results You Want Quickly
The saying “practice makes perfect” has some merit when it comes to flooring installations. Flooring installation professionals spend their days doing just that: installing flooring. They have the skills and experience to install wood flooring quickly. They won’t make the costly, time-consuming mistakes someone with less experience might be prone to.
No one wants to deal with the inconvenience of having a construction project occurring in their home, and you might have other things going on, whether that’s a new baby on the way or an upcoming get-together. If you’re in a hurry or simply don’t want to deal with construction in your home for very long, hiring a professional is the right choice.
If the room you’re re-flooring has odd or irregular proportions, experience with cutting and laying boards will come in handy. Even perfectly rectangular rooms will provide the average DIY-er with a significant challenge.
Old houses shift and settle. Getting the angles right is tricky. You don’t want to look at a quarter-inch gap near a wall or deal with cutting a mismatched sliver of wood to fill it.
Save Money in the Long Run
One of the main reasons to install wood flooring yourself is because hiring someone else to do it involves a higher upfront cost. In the long-term, however, DIY installation can lead to higher eventual costs.
Everyone makes mistakes, especially when they’re first starting out. Unfortunately, mistakes cost money when it comes to installing wood flooring. Construction materials have gotten significantly more expensive over the past year, which makes it even more critical to avoid damaged and lost materials. For the most part, price hikes have affected steel and softwood lumber like pine, which is generally used when building the framework for homes and not for flooring. Still, no matter what sort of wood floors you’re installing, you’re better off doing it right the first time and not wasting materials. For many people, that means hiring a professional. Another benefit of hiring a professional who knows their way around flooring installation is that fewer mistakes will lead to a better-looking floor. Scratches in the wood, scuffs in the finish, mismeasurements and mislaid boards all detract from the appearance and value of the new wood floor you were looking forward to. As of 2016, attractive hardwood flooring was estimated to increase the value of your home
For the most part, price hikes have affected steel and softwood lumber like pine, which is generally used when building the framework for homes and not for flooring. Still, no matter what sort of wood floors you’re installing, you’re better off doing it right the first time and not wasting materials. For many people, that means hiring a professional.
Another benefit of hiring a professional who knows their way around flooring installation is that fewer mistakes will lead to a better-looking floor. Scratches in the wood, scuffs in the finish, mismeasurements and mislaid boards all detract from the appearance and value of the new wood floor you were looking forward to.
As of 2016, attractive hardwood flooring was estimated to increase the value of your homeby between three and five percent. With housing costs on the rise as well, that might turn into a considerable sum of money down the road, even if you’re not thinking about selling anytime in the near future.
If you’re concerned about the flooring installation cost, it never hurts to shop around and get several different quotes. That way, you know you’re getting the best value for your money, and you can feel confident in your choices.
Here at Starwood Distributors, we’re dedicated to providing you with high-quality products and excellent customer service at the lowest possible price. We’ll beat any competitor’s bid if you provide us with their invoice on their company’s letterhead.
On top of that, we pride ourselves on offering the best hardwood flooring services in and around the Dallas and Plano area.
You don’t have to take our word for it. We’re of the opinion that a picture is worth a thousand words, so check out our photo gallery for images from some of our recent hardwood flooring installations.
One mishap can ruin an entire room when it comes to installing new wood flooring. We can help you select a suitable wood to make your home look its best, all while preventing damage to the rest of your home during installation and ensuring the highest possible quality finish and final look.
If that sounds good to you, you can contact us today for a free consultation. We’re flexible, too. Feel free to schedule the consultation to be in-home or virtual. We’re here to serve you, which means providing you with the options you need.