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Should You Hire a Contractor to Install Hardwood Floors?

Should You Hire a Contractor to Install Hardwood Floors

According to HomeAdvisor.com, the average cost of hardwood flooring installation is $4,404. If you are planning to install solid hardwood floors in your home, you’ve probably thought about the cost of hiring a contractor.

While you may be tempted to save money by learning how to install hardwood floors, we don’t recommend it unless you have prior experience with flooring installation. It’s important that you be realistic about your skill level when considering hardwood flooring installation.

You’ll need prior experience installing floors.

If you don’t have any experience with installing solid hardwood floors, we recommend leaving the work to the professionals. You’ll save more money in the long run by having a contractor install your new hardwood floors than trying to do it yourself and making costly mistakes. Many of the hardwood flooring repairs we’ve done could have been prevented with proper installation.

You should hire a hardwood flooring contractor if you don’t know how to:

  • Safely use construction tools
  • Do simple home improvement projects
  • Safely remove old flooring
  • Transition flooring between rooms
  • Check for water and mold damage
  • Check subflooring or joists
  • Prep the subfloor

If you don’t know how to do several items from the above list, we highly recommend calling a hardwood flooring installation company. If you are worried about the cost of installing hardwood floors, we recommend moving the furniture and prepping the floors yourself before the contractor arrives.

There may be unexpected complications.

Are you prepared to potentially replace the subflooring if you discover it’s in bad condition? Do you know how to install extra support beams if the new flooring is too heavy for your joists? If not, you could easily become overwhelmed by solid hardwood floor installation.

Many of the online DIY guides don’t tell you what to do if something unexpected happens, which is why we recommend hiring a hardwood flooring contractor. A contractor has to train fulltime for months before being allowed to work on a client’s hardwood floors, which is why you shouldn’t expect to become an expert over the weekend.

You don’t have the right tools.

Contractors will have the necessary tools to install your new hardwood floors. While you could always try to rent the proper tools yourself, you’d be much better off hiring a flooring installation contractor. There’s no guarantee that the local rental company will have the specialized tools you need to install wood flooring. Save yourself the money (and time) you would have spent on tool rentals by hiring a contractor who will produce quality results.

If you are unsure whether you have the skills to install hardwood floors, you’re probably right to doubt yourself. Installing hardwood floors is a lot of work that can also cost you a lot of money if not installed correctly.

Rivershores Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry has a knowledgeable and experienced team of in-house installers. Therefore, Rivershores is a part of your project from start to finish, ensuring that you are completely satisfied with your new hardwood floors. If you are interested in our hardwood floor installation services, feel free to call either of our East Grand Rapids or Holland showrooms to schedule your free estimate.

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