If you are looking to add a bit of flare to your flooring as well as some value to the house, then you should think about replacing your carpet with hardwood floors. But before you go putting on your Do-it-yourself attitude and belt, there are a few things you should know about converting your carpeted floors to hardwood. Here are some tips that will help you get the job done in the right manner.
Be wary of humidity
The one thing that can get things off to a terrible start is high humidity. If you live in an area that experiences heavy rainfall and high humidity, you should know what level your hardwood manufacturer recommends, otherwise, you could void your warranty. This is a conversation you need to have with a flooring professional before buying the hardwood. Moisture testing is by far the best way to ensure that everything will go according to plan. Ones you have that out of the way, here is what else you need to do.
The installation process
You need to realise that installing hardwood flooring is going to be a little bit more involving that simply laying carpet. You should consult with a flooring professional to get full estimates on how much you will need in total and be prepared with that amount because once you get going, stopping in the middle of the project because of funds may bring the whole thing down and end up wasting whatever money you will have already put into it.
Now, assuming you have already done the moisture testing, come up with the necessary funds and bought the right hardwood, the rest of the installation should go something close to this:
Of course, this is an over-simplification of the entire process but it covers the gist of it all. In most cases, it is often best to acquire the services of a professional flooring expert. Although this will be an extra cost, it will prove well worth it because you will not need to do it over again once you mess it up the first time thus costing you more money.
Plus professional know where to get excellent deals on materials, labour and will get the job done faster and in a better, more aesthetically pleasing manner. Take your time, do your research and find a flooring professional who specialises in this sort of thing. These are people who will not be experimenting at your expense and will end up saving so much more in terms of money and time.