Don't let the fear of having your house or business disrupted while workmen are installing new wood flooring keep you from choosing a classic, elegant hardwood floor. Most such floors can be installed in just a few days with a minimum of dust and disruption.
What You Need to Know
Although there are many different kinds of hardwood flooring and many different species of wood from which to choose, most hardwood boards are designed in a tongue and groove pattern so that they interlock. The installers nail the boards to the subflooring and then lock in the next board, moving from one end of the room to the next.
With skilled installers, the process goes surprisingly quickly. Prefinished hardwood boards have stain and a finish applied at the wood mill. If you are installing new wood flooring that is unfinished, a stain and a finish will be applied after the floor is installed.
Floating floors use a special flooring design and are made so that they sit atop of the subflooring. With a floating floor, the boards interlock, but they aren't nailed to the subfloor. Such floors are ideal for older homes where the existing floors are less than level.