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Is Installing Flooring Easy? (VIDEO)

Every once in a while, something comes across my computer that is so relevant, its almost too easy. Coincidentally, the post was about things being too easy and in this case, it was about installing hardwood flooring, a task which most will agree, is typically best done by professionals.

Blogger Gonzo Dave of The Peripatetic Traveler  decided it was time to replace his worn carpet. For him, it was easy possibly too easy.

We glued the wood strips (prefinished Australian cypress) directly to the concrete slab, because we weren’t worried about moisture coming from the Arizona dirt under the house. That meant we had to pour the glue, spread the glue, lay the strips in the glue, position the strips before the glue set, and then strap them together so they didn’t move while the glue cured. After that, we had to clean up the excess glue, roll the strips with a weighted roller to make *sure* they were in the glue, and clean up the new excess glue. And, of course, we had to clean the glue off our tools and ourselves every night when we were done for the day.

(Side note: I finally got the last tidbits of glue off the floors THIS YEAR.)

By contrast, to replace the peel-and-stick tile in Rick and Eve’s kitchen with acacia hardwood flooring, we steamed the old tiles off, unrolled some underlayment and stapled it down, laid down the flooring strips, whacked them with a compressed-air-powered flooring nail gun, and PRESTO! Half the floor done in one day. No glue, no cleanup, no horrendous mess, almost no nothing except a beautiful hardwood floor.

Awesome job, Gonzo Dave! Youre right in thinking that for most people, laying hardwood flooring isnt that easy.

Proper installation matters, as discovered by this YouTube user:

The bottom line is yes, laying hardwood flooring can be relatively easy, but unless done properly, you may encounter problems later on down the line.

Professional installation does cost more but with trained installers, you may end up saving a lot of money in the long-run. If you do decide to go it alone, make sure you start with quality wood. Acclimate the flooring to the humidity levels in your home.

  1. Make sure the room or level where the flooring will be laid is an enclosed space.
  2. Between 5 and 10 days ahead of time, check to see if the temperature and humidity of the space is at normal living conditions. In other words, let the heat or air run as it would normally for at least 5 days. Between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit is a good range when it comes to the temperature. The humidity level should be around the yearly average for the area.
  3. If the temperature and humidity of the room is off, use a heating and/or air conditioning system to balance it out. Don’t bring the hardwoods into the space until the heating or air has been running for at least 5 days, and wait 7-10 days before actually installing them.
  4. Open the boxes and lay them flat in the room where they’ll be installed. If because of space you do stack the boxes try to stagger them to expose as much of the box to the open air as possible.

Once you do that, here are step-by-step instructions. If you have questions, your Amber Flooring representative will be happy to answer them.

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Maintain Your Floors The Green Way

You have a beautiful new or newly refinished hardwood floor. You dream that you can maintain the floors pristine look, long after the installers are gone. While life does get in the way of perfectly shiny and clean floors, there are definitely ways to keep your floors looking their best, even years later.

Choose your floors wisely 

Laminate is more durable than hardwood (although laminate cant be refinished), hard woods are better than softer woods. If you know that your family is hard on floors, an already distressed or hand scraped floor wont show the wear and tear as easily and it will give your home a stylish, rustic look.

Prevention is the best medicine

Brush loose hair and dirt out of your pets on a regular basis. Sweep every day or two. Dirt can scratch your floor and embed itself into the finish. Clean spills immediately. If possible, institute a no shoes inside policy. If not, be diligent about cleaning.

A damp mop should be all thats needed once a week or so. Steamer mops work great with no cleaning solution.

Some people swear by vinegar or black tea as cleaning solutions, but both can be damaging to the floor and might even void your floors warranty. Check with the manufacturer. If you feel you must use a solution, there are many green alternatives like Dr. Bronners and Method. both of which have a delightful smell.

If your floor is damaged

Light scratches can often be buffed out or fill them in with a matching crayon and run a blowdryer over it. Viola! The scratched is fixed. Deeper scratches and stains might require refinishing and even professional care. Be sure to ask that the refinishers use no or low VOC stains.

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Carpet Vs Hardwood In Your Bedroom (Guest Post)

You’ve just built a new home or are renovating your existing one and you’re deciding whether to get carpets or hardwood for your bedroom. A long term investment like this is not an easy decision. You’re basically stuck with it for the foreseeable future. The worst thing that could happen is you regret your choice a few years down the track – like all those people in the 70s who thought lime green carpets were a good idea.

You’ve just built a new home or are renovating your existing one and you’re deciding whether to get carpets or hardwood for your bedroom. A long term investment like this is not an easy decision. You’re basically stuck with it for the foreseeable future. The worst thing that could happen is you regret your choice a few years down the track – like all those people in the 70s who thought lime green carpets were a good idea.

You’ve just built a new home or are renovating your existing one and you’re deciding whether to get carpets or hardwood for your bedroom. A long term investment like this is not an easy decision. You’re basically stuck with it for the foreseeable future. The worst thing that could happen is you regret your choice a few years down the track – like all those people in the 70s who thought lime green carpets were a good idea.

But what surface should you choose? So let’s pit the two floor surfaces off against each other.

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBBBBBBBLLLLLEEEEEE.

HARDWOOD

In the blue corner, we have the people’s champion of the floor surfaces, hardwood.

It is the most prestigious of the floor surfaces and can add a sense of luxury to your bedroom. You can expect to pay more for it however, but the long term benefit of this purchase is that it will outlast carpet and add resell value to your home.

If the above information did not push you over the line, then perhaps it is worth knowing that hardwood is very easy to clean, and as a result, it will alleviate allergies.

There are some circumstances that might want to reconsider getting hardwood though. The first being pets. Unless you keep their nails trim, they will mark the floors. Secondly, if you suffer from buttery fingers and drop things often, hardwood might not be the best as you could leave dents on the floor. Thirdly, you will need to take your shoes off (especially high heels) before you go into the bedroom as they will scuff the floor.

But don’t make the decision yet, we still have to hear from the opponent.

Carpets

And in the red corner, we have the challenger to best floor surface in your bedroom – carpet.

Even though Hardwood seems to be the odds on favourite to take the crown, do not discount carpet. It, too, has benefits that might be better suited to your budget and lifestyle. Let’s take a look at what he can offer.

Carpet’s great selling point is that it is significantly cheaper per square metre. Yes, hardwood does last longer, but for those unable to afford the investment upfront, this is more of a viable solution. The life of carpet can be extended if properly cared for and steam cleaned at least once a year.

Installing hardwood is time consuming and if you want to have a minimum impact on your home life, carpet would be a better choice, as it is very easy and quick to lay.

Carpet is soft and comfortable and stops heat escaping through the floor, thus helping to maintain the temperature in your home.

The Verdict

If one thing is for certain, this battle will not end in a KO. It’s going to go down to what the judges think. Who do you think is the victor? Your decision will probably boil down to your lifestyle and personal preference. However, as we have seen, there are some discernable features and benefits between carpet and hardwoods, some of which may affect which way you go.


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