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Should You DIY Hardwood Floors?

January 15, 2018

DIY Hardwood Floors

In today’s technologically advanced world, it’s possible to look up how to do just about anything at all on the Internet. Need to make a copycat recipe for an appetizer you enjoyed at a chain restaurant? Surely there’s a blog post out there that will tell you exactly what to do. Do you have a broken belt on your washing machine? Go to YouTube and find out how to replace it; it will save you the time and money you’d otherwise spend on a service call. When it comes to your wood floors, however, it’s not a good idea to DIY hardwood floors. Why not? Check out these reasons:

You Get What You Pay For

On paper, it might look like you’ll be saving money by DIY-ing your hardwood floors. In reality, however, you won’t be getting an expert installation. What if your subfloor isn’t quite even? Do you know how to tell and how to level it? What happens if the walls aren’t perfectly square? How will you rectify that without resorting to awkward triangle-shaped pieces of wood in the corners? Are you sure about how the wood was engineered and how to deal with the potential pitfalls common to that type of wood? Remember that you’re going to get what you pay for when it comes to your hardwood floor installation.

You Might Not Have the Right Tools

In addition to not having the expertise needed to properly address any problems that arise, it’s likely that you also don’t have the tools needed to make you DIY hardwood floors job more efficient. This means that you’ll need to rent or purchase the miter saw, trowel, mallet, nail gun, nails, staples, and so on. If you end up with the wrong kind or you forget something that you’ll need, this will add cost and time to your project. Your hardwood flooring company, on the other hand, has all of the tools and materials on hand. If a situation arises that necessitates an additional tool, that will be no problem; it’s probably on the truck, and definitely at the shop.

Your Hardwood Is an Investment

Cutting the wood wrong or realizing halfway through the project that you’ve made a mistake is going to be a costly, frustrating error. Once you purchase and cut your wood, it’s yours, so any mistakes you make are going to be yours to deal with (and pay for). In addition, if your hardwood floors are a bit squeaky or there are annoying gaps, you might learn to live with it, but what happens when it’s time to put your home on the market? Remember that your house is an investment and so are your floors. You want them to be as perfect as possible.

If you are considering DIY hardwood floors, it’s best to think again. The theoretical cost-savings are probably not going to add up to much when you consider the extra time, materials, and tools involved. Please give us a call today to schedule a consultation with a hardwood flooring expert who can help you achieve the look that you’ve been dreaming of.