When homeowners are considering whether or not to install hardwood floors, many of them ask their selves whether it is something they can easily do on their own or if they’ll need to hire a professional. Truth is, hardwood installation Albuquerque can range from an easy DIY project to a project that requires lots of finishing and carpentry skills. Here’s a closer look at a few options that are available, starting with the easiest to install and then the hardest.
Laminate flooring is the simplest to install. Laminate is not really made of wood but it is made out of the same material as the plastic laminate countertops. Over the years, laminate flooring has developed an extremely realistic look. Laminate is known as the floating floor that can lock together without glue or nails, and it can be installed over most floors and then taken back up if needed.
Engineered wood flooring
This is the next best choice if a person is wanting to do a “ do it yourself” project. This flooring consists of thin veneer hardwood glued to substrate made of plywood-type wood plies. It is available in a style where a homeowner will need to nail or glue it down, or it can be bought pre-finished. Some types of flooring like lyptus flooring are made to lock together without the use of fasteners, which is very similar to laminate flooring.
Solid hardwood flooring. This type of flooring is the most difficult to install. It needs to be attached with a special flooring nailer first, and then it needs to be sanded with a tool called a drum, and then finally it gets finished. The process of sanding can be tricky if the person has never done it before, and this is a vital part to putting down the flooring, especially since the sanding job can either make or break the entire look of the floors. When laying this type of flooring, it is strongly suggested that the homeowner look into paying a professional to do it.