One of the most important question homeowners must ask themselves when getting new hardwood flooring is whether to hire a professional Somerset flooring company for installation, or to do it themselves. Here are a number of factors that should be considered before making the choice to DIY or get the help of a Somerset flooring company.
DIY or Hiring a Somerset Flooring Company
- Site Finished vs. Prefinished Floors – Prefinished floors are finished by the manufacturer before they are packaged and shipped to the retailer. They are usually the best way for DIY’s to go because there is no worry about having to sand and finish the floors. The warranty lasts longer on the prefinished floors because they are coated with more finish. The typical warranty on prefinished hardwood floors is 20 years, where the typical site finished floor has a warranty that expires within three to five years. A downside to prefinished floors is that they can only be sanded and refinished a couple of times before they need to be completely redone, due to the way they are made with just a few layers of actual hardwood. Site finished floors are best installed by a Somerset flooring company because they must be nailed down, sanded, and finished by hand after the installation. It takes a few days for the entire job to be done, and if not done properly, could lead to issues with the floor later on.
- The Type of Hardwood Floor – There are a couple of different installation types to consider. Nail down hardwood floors are typically the best looking and most successful installations, but this is also the installation that calls for a professional Somerset flooring company. Glue down hardwood floors are not much simpler because of the mess associated with the adhesive used to secure the floor to the subfloor. There are some people who will do glue down installations on their own, but it’s recommended to use a professional for this method to ensure it comes out as expected. The simplest and most cost effective method to install your own hardwood floor is to use the lock and fold installation, where the planks lie on the floor and snap together.
- The Room – Consider the room the installation is for and if it is straightforward enough to handle on your own. If the design of the room is complex, it may be worth having a Somerset flooring company do the work.
- The Budget – If the project doesn’t have a large budget to work with, self-installation may be the best way to go for the money. However, it is important to remember you get what you pay for, so having a professional Somerset flooring company do the installation for a bit more money could save money in the long run. Talk to several different contractors and installers for quotes to see who can give the best deal, but also look for references to see who can provide the best work.
J Brothers Flooring is a flooring company that services the Central NJ area. They serve towns such as Bernardsville, New Brunswick, Chester, North Brunswick, South River, Millstone, Raritan, Hillsborough, Green Brook, Bridgewater, Westfield, Warren, South Brunswick, and many more.
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