Whether your customer is building a new home or renovating an old one, it’s a fair guess that they may want hardwood floors. That’s no surprise because hardwood floors are known for their durability, beauty and cost effectiveness. Not to mention the re-sale value of a home with hardwood vs. one without. Buyers LOVE hardwood. It’s easy to clean, maintain, and if you have good quality hardwood, you can refinish it several times without having to replace it. This is especially attractive to those consumers concerned with sustainability. With all the benefits that hardwood has to offer, the questions begs, why wouldn’t you choose hardwood?
As any contractor knows, the underlayment and sub-floor rank as high as the actual hardwood in order of importance in a hardwood installation project. A properly prepared sub-floor with correctly installed underlayment will make all the difference in the end result. Accurately installed sub-floors and underlayment will provide the extra layer of cushion for the hardwood and prevent the floors from developing those annoying squeaks and groans you have heard them make in older homes.