If you’ve just bought your own set of flooring and are trying to decide whether or not you should install it yourself, there are a few things to consider first. There are a terrifically large number of floor types, cuts, varieties and species out there. And each type of wood will bring with it it’s own set of attributes to your home. For example, installing exotic hardwood flooring isn’t a task that should be taken up by a weekend warrior for a variety of reasons. First of all, many exotic woods can cause bad allergic reactions—either due to saw dust produced when working with them or because of splinters. They’re also tremendously hard, which means they’re tough to saw and nail down, and they often will require specialized tools to work with. Even if you’re not dealing with exotic hardwood flooring, installing unfinished floors is tough. It’s an in depth process that will require sawing, sanding, nailing and finishing. These steps provide more rigors than most homeowners have the time or patience to endure.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t types of hardwood flooring that a homeowner can install themselves. Prefinished hardwood flooring provides many homeowners with the opportunity to save money off installation with DIY friendly, installation methods. Some types of prefinished hardwood flooring won’t need to be nailed down and can just be glued, or clicked together. And since they’re already finished, there are a growing number of brands that can just be floated on top of the previous (suitable) flooring.
More times than not the best installation plan will be to hire a trustworthy flooring installer to do the work for you. But if you’re looking to tackle a home improvement project, then installing your own hardwood flooring is a great place to start.