By preparing in advance, you can minimize the time you spend shopping for your new floor. Begin with a sketch of the space where the hardwood will be installed. The sketch should provide the locations of entryways and windows. Take notes as to the type and color of the flooring in adjoining rooms. Include measurements of the length and width of the space, including closets, if applicable. 

To ensure that hardwood flooring is a good fit for your project, it needs to be selected with more than aesthetics in mind. Some questions to consider include:

  • What is the space used for? 
  • What kind of traffic does this space get? 
  • How many children and/or pets will be using the space?

Homeowners who have high-traffic areas, animals and children should consider more durable products, such as those made from wood species with a higher Janka rating, and products with surface textures to conceal dents and scratches. 

Sales staff should be able to offer installation estimates and flooring samples for homeowners, although both often require a fee. Staff should also be able to answer all installation questions. Some questions that homeowners typically forget to ask include:

  • Is the installer certified
  • Who is responsible for disposing of the old flooring, and is there a charge for the service? 
  • Who removes and replaces appliances, if applicable, and is there a charge for the service? 
  • Are other accessories such as moldings required?