Important Things to Consider When Choosing and Buying Solid Wood Flooring
There are specific things that you need to look at when deciding which type of solid wood flooring to choose. The specific considerations that top this list are:
1. The look you are trying to achieve. Essentially you are either after a contemporary or a traditional look. The variety of woods available today is mind boggling. Different flooring grains, patterns and colors each have their own distinctive look and feel. It is important to match these qualities with what you trying to accomplish. You will also want to take into consideration what decor and furnishings will be in the room.
2. The traffic level of the room. This includes any pets, children or people with disabilities who will be using or travelling through the room. You will want to choose the flooring option that is most compatible with these factors.
3. Where you will be putting the flooring. Whether you re going to be installing solid wood flooring in your living room, dining room, bedroom, hallway, bathroom, or even your kitchen, you will want to make sure that you choose the appropriate flooring. Flooring for a kitchen or bathroom needs to be of a different structure to that fitted in a living, dining or bedroom. If you are putting flooring in more than one room, you’ll want to make sure that you strike a balance between what is appropriate for each room.
4. Your Sub base. What is the surface that you are going to be fitting your new floor too? Is it concrete, wooden batons, existing wooden floor, carpet. All these options affect which floor you can fit and how it is fitted please see our section on fitting floors for further details. It is essential to know about this to avoid costly mistakes.
5. Height variations. Wooden Floors are available in a variety of thicknesses. Different fitting methods affect the overall height of the finished floor. Depending on your situation you will need to make allowance for this especially if you are fitting floors through several rooms. It is possibly best to discuss this with you chosen fitter.
6. Your budget. Having a budget in mind is essential for you chosen floor fitter / supplier as there are so many products on the market designed to suit all budgets. Unless your fitter / supplier knows your budget he is most likely going to be offering you the wrong products for your price range. Too often, when I have asked people their budget they say they do not know, let’s be honest everybody
has a rough idea of how much money they are wanting to spend. Please do not be cagey in revealing to your fitter / supplier your budget, if they are a reputable firm they will not up the price because you have more to spend, they will simply be able to offer you the correct products for your price range. There are many other factors that add to the overall cost, like skirting, the preparation of your sub base, post fitting decoration etc. Making the right choices and being well informed by your fitter will reduce your overall costs.