I am ready to replace my carpet with hardwood, Pergo or something in that direction. I don't know what I want!!! Is there any sites that helps me decide what I may need? And helps me to compare one to another? I am at a loss. Thanks!
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I don't know your budget, but I highly recommend hardwood flooring as it is refinish able and if sealed correctly, easy care. There are several hardwood spies available to suit your lifestyle and deco. We are fans of the selection and pricing at Hardwood liquidators having found great bargain at our local store in the past. Check to see if one is in your area via their website. BTW, hardwood flooring comes in per finished or unfinished in a range of plank width styles. If you are reluctant to install and/or finish the new floor yourself, seek referrals and compare pricing in your area. Insist on durable coats of poly in high traffic areas.
Proper prep and installation is important as is buying enough to allow for imperfect planks. Industry recommendations suggest allowing an extra 10 percent, but I would allow a bit more. It is important that the new hardwood acclimates to your home environment prior to instillation so follow industry guidelines regarding the appropriate time.
Though hardwood flooring can be pricier than other options, be patient and shop during sales. Hardwood flooring is durable, warm and rich. It is also a plus come resale. It is favored by those with allergies to dust mites, mold, or carpet chemicals too. You can always add area rugs with pads to high traffic or other areas but you must wait to lay rugs atop a new floor as per floor finisher recommendations. Using furniture pads or glides will further protect your floors. I prefer lighter floors to darker and a satin vs high gloss finish as scratches , water spots and dust are less revealed.
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