Hardwood floors are an investment that will last for a long time, given the proper installation and care. Many homeowners agree that it’s a smart investment because hardwood flooring doesn’t depreciate – in fact, it increases the resale value of a home!
Types of Hardwood Floors
Solid Wood vs. Engineered Wood
30 to 100 years
20 to 40 years
$8 to $15 / sq ft
$3 to $14 / sq ft
May warp in humid, damp conditions
Good resistance to warping
The “nail down” method is the most common and preferred way to install hardwood floors. This method works for solid and engineered floors, but only with a wood subfloor. The nails are nearly invisible after installation.
The “glue down” method uses an adhesive to adhere hardwood flooring to the subfloor. This method works with a cement or wood subfloor, and reduces the likelihood of deflection between the flooring and subfloor – which means less chance of squeaking.
A floating floor is installed by attaching each board to the next, tongue-to-groove or glued, and at the end joints. The flooring is installed without any adherance to the subfloor. This method is ideal if the subfloor is tile or vinyl.