Hardwood flooring is a great investment to your home, but only if installed by a professional team who know all the dos and dont’s, and don’t ask you for the agreed charges until the work is complete, if it doesn’t go to plan then you do not pay
Try to avoid dealing with sales people- ideally you want to speak to the guys who are going to install your floor from the outset
Let them peel back the carpets and inspect everything they need to, because this is the only way you are going to end up with a great wooden floor.
A hardwood floor fitting team is only as good as their last job- so ask to see it.
Find a local long established wood flooring installation specialist business that operate in your area. The best of these are usually small long standing family businesses that offer a free pre-installation survey which includes a sub floor moisture check using a hydrometer,and make sure the levels of the sub floor are correct before work begins. The ideal installer will also be able to let you choose from quality samples of wood flooring from his trusted supplier, on a supply and fit basis taking all of the gamble out of your project.
There is a general consensus that carpets hold dirt and germs more than hardwood floors or any hard surface flooring. This may be true if the carpet is not regularly cleaned. If you have a routine of regularly vacuuming and cleaning your carpet it will actually be better for your overall health as compared to hardwood flooring. The carpet will act as a filter in that it will trap airborne particles where as hard surface flooring just allows these particles to continue following whatever air currents there are in the house.
Over time, it is inevitable that your hardwood floor will become scratched and dull from general wear and tear. If your hardwood floor has a polyurethane finish, it can usually be recoated without having to sand the entire floor first. Recoating is suitable if the floor is only mildly scratched and worn, the finish has not worn through and it does not have a build up of wax or other chemicals – these will create adhesion problems and cause the floor to reject the new finish, resulting in peeling and flaking.