The fun part’s in the species and custom color you choose — there’s no doubt about that. But there are a number of things to keep in mind when you’re getting ready to buy hardwood flooring. Home renovations aren’t easy, and we often get our hopes up. Unless you’re working directly with an architect, a builder, or an interior designer, here’s how you can stay savvy about the process. Because this shouldn’t be hard, and it should be fun. Because you want to enjoy your beautiful new home.
Set a realistic budget and timeline for the project.
If you want wide plank engineered hardwood floors, here’s the first thing you should know: industry pricing varies radically. This isn’t only because of quality. (But speaking of which: here’s an article on how to differentiate the quality engineered from substandard product.) It comes down to the business model. A dealer or a retailer is always going to mark up their pricing. But if you buy hardwood directly from the manufacturer, you can stretch your budget in a big way.
Managing your expectations from the start can save you from heartache down the road. If you opt for custom color, understand that this process takes a little time; our color labs work very hard to get your color exactly right. And because every order is a custom job, we promise to be upfront with you about our lead times and shipping details. (Unfinished engineered hardwood, however, is of course a little simpler.)
If you’re new to home renovation or hardwood flooring, take your time with research.
You want to be able to walk into that flooring showroom appointment armed with information. Do you want rustic European White Oak or modern American Walnut — or something else entirely? Some species of hardwood are much more versatile than others. If you have children or pets, you should know the added maintenance that’ll be involved beforehand. Study up on the terminology around the types of things you like.
Wear layer, bevel, finish, tongue-and-groove, engineered, acclimation, and more — these are hardwood flooring terms you’ll read and hear all over the place, and they make all the difference to the final product.
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