Hardwood Flooring Sale Ottawa: Questions To Ask Before Shopping

Shopping for hardwood flooring without enough information beforehand can lead to wasting hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on the type of wrong flooring. The hardwood materials are very expensive and you can’t afford to waste your effort and time on top of that. These few questions will help you know which type of hardwood flooring is right for you.

When looking for hardwood flooring sales in Ottawa, there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself first. These questions may or may not include the following:

  • Where will you install the hardwood flooring?
    •Do you have kids or pets at home?
    •Do you prefer durability over aesthetics or do you want both?
    •Do you need hardwood floor refinishing Ottawa?
    •Can you do the installation yourself?
    •Which wood type should I choose?

It is important that you deal with these questions first before heading to the store in order for you to make sure that you have chosen the hardwood flooring that is right for you.

Where will you install the hardwood flooring?

There are two different types of hardwood available right now: the engineered wood and the solid wood. Both these two types of hardwood are environmentally friendly and are manufactured from real wood. However, both have specific designations within your house. The choice between engineered and solid hardwood flooring depends on where you are going it install it.

Solid hardwood flooring vs engineered hardwood flooring

The solid hardwood flooring is made from an entirely solid piece of wood from bottom to top. Although solid wood is available in various thicknesses, the most commonly used are those that range from 3/4” to 5/16” in thickness. This type of wood can be installed in above ground or above grade rooms or in areas in the house that are that subject to excessive moisture or varying temperatures like in the bedrooms, living rooms, hallway, powder rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms. The solid hardwood flooring can be sanded down and refinished a couple of times.

The engineered hardwood flooring is also manufactured from real wood but unlike the solid wood, it is created with multiple layers of wood veneers. This type of hardwood flooring is more resilient and versatile as well as more resistant to varying temperatures and humidity than the solid hardwood. It can be installed both in above grade and below grade areas including in the basement.

Do you have kids or pets at home?

If you have a busy household or you have kids or pets at home, it is wise to pick the hardest available wood species. Hard wood species like red oak can withstand scratches, dents, and usual wear and tear more than the soft species like pine. You can also opt for distressed wood or solid hardwood flooring. Scratches in distressed wood normally do not detract its beauty while solid wood can be sanded a couple of times when needed.

Can you do the installation yourself?

Installing hardwood flooring is quite expensive. If you think about how much you will need to spend for the installation, it is normal for you to consider installing the hardwood flooring yourself. However, never attempt to do the installation unless you are confident enough with your skills and you have the right tools and equipment to use for the project. Both hardwood flooring installation and hardwood refinishing are pretty challenging and they typically require a high level of expertise and skills. In fact, they can be more difficult than you think.

Aside from the expertise and skills, you also need to be aware of the different things that can affect the outcome of the project and the entire process as well like moisture testing, the type, quality and condition of the subfloor, proper cutting and positioning, finding the exact center of the room, and more. With just a single mistake, you can potentially waste not only money and material but also your effort and time. This is why experts always recommend that you hire a professional hardwood installer to do the job.