Choosing a Wood Floor - Step 1 - Location & Lifestyle
STEP ONE: Investing in a wood floor that you love and that will last might not be as simple as you think. It takes knowledge, experience and a willingness to ask the right questions to determine the wood flooring solution right for you. Before you start to think about what wood species would look best, do a bit of research on hardwood flooring installation. It will help you find the right professional and to make informed choices.
According to the NWFA and our nearly 30 years of experience, here are the questions that every hardwood flooring professional should ask before they ask, “what type of floor do you want?”
Tell me about the home you live in?
The longevity and trouble-free nature of hardwood flooring depends upon selecting both the proper wood floor type and subflooring for your home and circumstances. With this in mind, a flooring contractor should start a conversation by asking about the general conditions of your home.
Knowing that you live in an open concept home by the lake in Highland Park versus a 30th floor condo in a Gold Coast high rise definitely makes a difference. For example, if you live in a Chicago condo, the chances are that your association has rules about wood flooring installation. Most condo associations, especially those with concrete subfloors, require that a sound absorbing material be used as an underlayment. If your flooring contractor doesn’t follow the Association rules, you could be compelled to tear up the newly finished floor and install the noise barrier.