Atlanta Hardwood Flooring Guide Redbeacon

Flooring Installation

While there’s no such thing as a «perfect» flooring material, traditional hardwood comes pretty close. It’s extremely durable, it looks great, and it adds value to your property; additionally, hardwood can complement nearly any décor, so no matter what your particular style is, this flooring can fit the bill. For homes in and around Atlanta, hardwood is an exceptionally good choice, as it will not be regularly subjected to many of the situations that cause premature aging found in other areas of the country.

In a nationwide survey, the National Wood Flooring Association found that about 90% of real estate agents said homes with wood floors bring a higher price. The same survey also showed that real estate agents saw homes with wood floors selling faster than those with other types of flooring. What this means to Atlanta homeowners: If you don’t have wood floors, upgrading could be a wise investment; if you already have them, it is in your best interests to maintain them well.

1. Choosing a Wood Species

Pine—particularly Southern Pine—is an obvious choice for wood floors in Atlanta, but with all of the different species available to today’s homeowners, it is definitely worth the time to consider all available options. It is important to note that it is not just the look of a species that requires consideration, but its hardness, dimensions, and its tendency to expand/contract, as well. Many modern homeowners are also concerned with where their wood flooring comes from, and sales of flooring made from salvaged wood are on the rise. The conditions a wood has been exposed to are another element that may come into play; distressed wood that has been weathered has a unique look that many people have come to appreciate as much or even more than wood that’s been milled and aged under carefully controlled conditions.

National Wood Flooring Association found that about 90% of real estate agents said homes with wood floors bring a higher price.

  • 2. Prepare a Space for New Floor

    Once you’ve got your species and style picked out, there are several things you can do to make the installation of your new floor go faster and more smoothly. First and foremost, you must decide whether your new flooring will be attached directly to your subfloor or whether it will be installed above your existing flooring. If it will be attached to the subfloor, removing old flooring materials along with baseboards and trim at least one day prior to installation. You may also want to remove any doors present in the space where the new floor will go and make sure that your crew will have clear and unobstructed access to the area. Doing these tasks yourself allows your crew to get to work faster (which could save you labor costs in addition to making their job easier).

    3. Go Green

    Atlanta requires all major constructions in the city to be silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified; while this probably doesn’t extend to the new flooring you install in your living room, every local homeowner can make his or her wood flooring installation a little greener by opting to use bamboo or cork. Neither one of these materials is truly a hardwood (cork is a regenerative tree bark and bamboo is technically a grass), but their appearance and performance are very similar to true wood. The big selling factor of these increasingly popular materials is that neither one requires the cutting down of a single tree to be produced.

    4. Protect Your Investment with Proper Maintenance

    Manufacturers of hardwood flooring materials typically give specific instructions on how to care for them. These instructions are important, as certain finishes can be damaged by improper cleaning and inappropriate products. If you do not have specific instructions from a manufacturer on how to best care for a new or existing floor, it is worth the effort to have a professional lay out a care and maintenance schedule for you. Not every hardwood floor is different, but the amount of diversity among wood floors is significant. A hardwood floor can last for generations if properly cared for, and the beauty and value your floor carries is well worth protecting.

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