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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • How to Buy Wood Floor

  • Where should you go when you want to buy wood flooring?
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  • Hardwood flooring can look great and be a practical and stylish choice for your home. It is not surprising that wood flooring has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more options on the market. If you are interested in buying a wood floor, learn more with this simple guide on how to buy a wood floor.
    Choosing the type of floor
    There are principally two types of hardwood floor:
    • Solid hardwood — Solid hardwood is made from solid lumber. This type of flooring can be sanded down and then refinished multiple times to maintain the look, so it is a good long-term choice. Solid wood works well in almost any room, but should not be used in rooms where there is potential damage from ground moisture.
    • Engineered hardwood — This type of wood is made from multiple layers of plywood or fire board, on top of which a thin, tough layer of hardwood is applied. This makes it tougher and more resistant to moisture than solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood can usually be sanded and refinished, too, and will normally cost less than solid hardwood.
    Choosing installation method
    According to your level of comfort and proficiency with DIY, there are different methods of installing a hardwood floor:
    • Locking A locking floor requires no nails, glue or staples, which makes it a great DIY choice. You will normally need to roll out a moisture barrier underlay, and you can then simply float the floor by locking the planks together.
    • Glue With some floors, you need to apply a special adhesive across the floor, onto which you set the floor planks. This can be quite hard work and also takes time to set, but does give a good quality finish. Choose a glue that incorporates a moisture barrier.
    • Nails or staples With nails or staples, you simply drive a nail or staple at an angle through the groove of the hardwood floor pieces into the wood subfloor. The tongue in the next row of boards then hides the nail. This is reasonably quick to do, but is also hard work.
    • Where to buy
      General DIY stores, such as big-box retailers, will stock a good range of hardwood flooring options and will normally be competitive on price. With larger stores, customers are often offered a refund on any excess boards, and there are often staff members who can give advice. An independent specialty store may be a good choice, too. Local stores are likely to sell a wider variety of products at a higher price than a chain store, but may be able to give more specific advice, as well as a fitting service.
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