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Four Tips for Buying and Installing Discount Hardwood Flooring

engineered flooringIf you're thinking of adding a new floor to your home or replacing an old floor, discount hardwood flooring is the best way to go. You can change the character of your home for a discount price, with solid or engineered hardwood flooring available in an array of exotic and domestic species.

Look online for special values on a few types of hardwood flooring, including solid hardwood that is 100 percent natural wood and engineered hardwood that combines natural wood with nine-ply birch below. Engineered hardwood may be the best value because it's less expensive than natural wood and won't warp or expand when it's placed near heat.

Engineered and solid hardwood flooring comes in a variety of species, including domestic hardwoods like red and white oak, maple and hickory, and exotic hardwoods, such as Brazilian cherry, tigerwood, and other species from South America, Asia, Australia, and Africa. All types come in unfinished and prefinished options. Unfinished hardwood is best for replacing part of or adding to an existing floor, but if you have a full floor needing new hardwood, prefinished is the way to go and, as an additional asset, reduces installation time significantly.

Here are some quick tips for the ways you can install the discount hardwood flooring you purchase:

  1. Have all proper tools on hand, including a carpenter's square, tape measure, hammer, utility knife, safety glasses, dust mask, saw tapping block, nail set, and pull bar.
  2. Start by installing the correct underlayment. If you install 1/4" plywood, you'll get a nice smooth surface to work with that will also help with insulation.
  3. Install a moisture barrier to avoid warping from water absorption.
  4. Select one of these four methods for installing the flooring:
    1. Locking –Roll out the moisture barrier and then float the floor over the subfloor by locking the planks together. No nails, staples, or glue required.
    2. Gluing – Set the planks into troweling glue on the floor using adhesive systems that incorporate a moisture barrier to mitigate moisture-related issues.
    3. Nailing – Drive nails at an angle through the tongue of the hardwood floor into the subfloor. The nail is hidden by the groove of the next row of boards.
    4. d. Stapling – Follow the instructions for nailing, using staples instead.

Look online for the internet's best wholesale prices on thousands of name brands in hardwood flooring, and install it yourself using these handy tips. Hardwood floors add warmth and beauty to your home and increase its value. There are a variety of opportunities to buy and install discount flooring with many different styles of hardwood to choose from at budget prices.