Wood flooring has certainly advanced since the floors we had in our homes when we were children. The technology used in today's flooring manufacturing eliminates the required waxing. Neither do we always need the expertise of floor installation professionals. Pre-finished products we have today also eliminate the old process of labor intensive sanding and finishing so DIY flooring projects are not out of the ordinary.
Back in the day, red oak was the typical selection for interior flooring. Present day flooring shoppers have many options for texture and color. It can be a difficult task selecting the right floor match that will mesh with the interior of your home. You should spend plenty of time researching the types and colors with online vendors or by visiting a local home improvement or supply store.
Once you have purchased your flooring you should always allow it time to get used to the room's humidity by leaving it stacked in the room for a few days. The wood will expand when it is exposed to the moisture. The edges of the room needs room for the wood to expand so you should leave a half inch gap when laying the floor. You can always cover the gap with some type of molding.
DIY does not mean without direction so you should always follow the manufacturer's installation instructions. Your floors may not look professional if you fail to properly install. Today's flooring is micro-beveled in the factory so spacing is not an issue for summertime expansion.
Due to scratches or traffic wear you may be considering new wood flooring. If this is the case, you may want to consider refinishing the floors you have now, which will be an economic solution. Start by removing all contents in the room that touch the floor. By keeping windows and doors shut you will reduce excessive dust. You should allow 3-5 days for sanding and refinishing before moving furniture and other items back into the room.
If you're simply looking to enhance the appearance of the floors in your home, you should take a look at laminate flooring. The appearance looks like wood and requires minimal maintenance.Laminate is also resistant to stains and scratches caused by children and pets. It's a snap to lay with a tongue and groove interlocking system.
Technology is widely used today in producing refinishing and flooring products. Allow yourself plenty of time to explore all options before purchasing.Floor products are typically easier to use now. By properly researching your options and following directions, your final product will be something you can truly be proud of.