STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO PLANNING YOUR PURCHASE
1. WHAT TYPE OF HOME DO YOU LIVE IN?
The type of residence will significantly influence the flooring type and installation method you need. In a single-family home, the subfloor will dicate the type of floor you can install. In a condominium, your condo owner's agreement usually has rules regarding soundproofing which have to be considered. In a basement, an engineered floor will be your preferred option.
2. HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE IN YOUR HOME?
The more people there are, the greater the traffic and the more durable your finish needs to be. If you have young children or pets, choose a textured hardwood floor or one with character and color variation. Matte finishes also tend to minimize the appearance of dents and scratches.
3. WHAT KIND OF FURNITURE IS IN THE ROOM, AND WHAT STYLE OF DECOR?
Is there already wood in the room? Are there a lot of furnishings, or just a few? What shades are they? In a new home, the ambiance your're looking for will largely influence your choice of color, wood species, grade, finish, board width, and direction.
4. WHAT TYPE OF FLOORING IS RIGHT FOR YOUR ROOM?
The right type of flooring for you depends on the room where it will be installed. Various floor types are available according to your needs: engineered wood, glueless engineered wood, and solid wood. See a dealer for advice on choosing a floor.
We have moldings that match all types of floor colors.
5. WHAT ROOMS ARE YOU PLANNING TO FLOOR?
Sketch our the rooms where you want to install your hardwood floor. Indicate the areas of the rooms and make note of stairways, closets, and any obstacles that will require special fitting. Find out what kind of subfloor you have and in what direction the joists run. Remember that engineered flooring is best choice for basements.
6. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT YOUR PREFERENCES IN TERMS OF LOOK?
Think of the different colors and essences, the chandeliers, the widths of boards and orientation.
7. WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A SPECIALIZED DEALER?
Does the dealer have a good product and accessory inventory?
How are products delivered? How long will it take?
Does the dealer offer installation?
Can you get cleaning products and the manufacturer's maintenance guide?
What do you know about the dealer's and manufacturer's warranties?
8. WHO SHOULD YOU HAVE INSTALL YOUR FLOOR?
Given the importance of your investment in your hardwood floor and the long-term stakes surrounding its installation, it's recommended that you seek out the services of installation specialists. They guarantee their work with no risk of invalidating the manufacturer's warranty. Dealers can refer you to one. Depending on your knowledge and the tools you have available, you may wish to perform the installation yourself. Before starting, ask your specialized dealer for advice and follow the instructions in our installation guides to ensure beautiful results.
9. QUALITY HARDWOOD FLOORING...THE DIFFERENCE STAND OUT!
It's easy to believe that all hardwood floors are similar, but don't be mistaken. Only floors that meet the most demanding criteria are recognized as high quality. Before selecting the floor for your project, ask the dealer to open a box in front of you to check these qualities:
*Make sure the grade you chose with the help of samples is really what's in the box.
*Lay a few boards on the floor and put them together. They should fit together perfectly and you shouldn't feel any variation in thickness.
*When put together, the boards form V joints where they meet. These joints must not be too deep, or dirt and dust can collect and make the floor hard to care for.
*The durability of the finish is determined by the quality of the polyurethane and the process used to apply it. The bottom of the joints must also be perfectly coated with varnish or it will collect dirt and water, causing it to darken prematurely.
*Finish needs to be applied in the right amount, not too thin and not too thick, in order to avoid a plastic effect and let the beauty of the wood show through. If the wood is stained, the stain should reach the bottom of the joints to ensure an even floor color.
*Check that the color is consistent from one board to the next and from one box to the next.
*Bright light and sun can cause wood from naturally pale species to yellow. UV protection in the polyurethane finish can reduce and slow this process down.
Once you have the answers to these questions, you'll be set to choose the right hardwood floor and the right dealer. You'll probably buy only one hardwood floor in your lifetime, so make sure you plan your purchase well to enjoy many years of satisfaction.
WHY CHOOSE HARDWOOD FLOORING?
It's simple: Wood flooring introduces stature and charm to any room. Hardwood floors are environmentally friendly and can improve the air quality within your home because it does not trap dust, pollen, and other allergens.
Cover Your World Flooring, Inc. carries the major brands in hardwood today. Mirage, Shaw, Armstrong, Bruce, and Mullican. Our hardwood floors are designed to keep up with you and your families lifestyle. From Oaks to every exotic hardwood available today we provide products that are recognized for their beauty, performance and overall value.
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Cover Your World Flooring
817 Main Street, Honesdale, Pa. 18431
570-251-2538 or 1-877-68-COVER