Investing into wooden floors for your home doesn’t just look fantastic, but they bring in a huge range of other benefits too. Renovations can be messy though, and I don’t just mean dust and dirt. Whilst shortcuts can be advantageous in the immediate future, there are many costly mistakes that buyers are making in the purchasing and installation process.
1. Lack of a Plan
It seems obvious but you’d be amazed at how many people lack a solid starting plan before buying and installing timber flooring . Without having a good idea on where you want your timber floors, the traffic of the area, the look, feel and mood you’re wanting to create, and the style and floor size – the rest of the buying process can be quite time consuming, unsatisfying and costly.
2. Lack of Digits
A plan can’t be put into action without a budget so it’s essential you have a dollar figure in mind and stay firm with it. Going to suppliers and installers without a fixed price is more likely to put you as bait for salesmen to increase the costs, hoping you’re able to spend more. Reliable salesmen will simply offer you the correct products for your price range if you know your budget.
3. The Wrong Information
As with any investment, having the wrong information can create problems down the track so it’s important you do your homework first. Knowing the product information and seeking advice from experts in the industry, or people you know who have previously installed timber flooring in their homes, all help in gaining essential understanding.
A buyer’s limited knowledge on the installation process can also be exploited by dishonest flooring installers. By having the right information first, you are less likely to end up as a buyer who has paid top money for installation, only to receive low quality finishing or uneven flooring.
4. Impulsive Decision Making
Whilst we all want the best deal as consumers, making a decision based on a cheaper price alone can end up costing you more. Cheaper is not always better. Make sure you look at all affecting factors and don’t settle for the first great deal you find. Consider and compare not only the price, but the length of the warranty, the warranty terms and if the installer and supplier offer any follow up services. The length of warranty on your timber flooring is a good indication of the quality– a longer warranty shows the manufacture’s confidence in the product and is a key factor to look out for.
5. Unprofessional Installation and Service
A common mistake made by many buyers is overlooking the significance of follow up services and after sales calls. A reliable supplier will provide these services professionally, proficiently and promptly should any repair work needed to be made during or after the installation processes.
Make sure you have a solid guarantee on both workmanship and product quality before you agree to anything or make purchases. If you decide on the DIY process, it’s highly recommended that you are fully aware of how to install the floors properly and have the right tools for the job.
Always look for customer testimonials and recommendations on trustworthy flooring suppliers and get the right advice and solutions to avoid any frustrations or disappointments. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, honourable companies will be more than happy to explain the process to you and go out of their way to provide their customers with as much information as possible.
6. Timber Grade Deficiency
Knowing your timber grades and specifications is more important than buyers realise and paying for a price without this knowledge is a costly and relatively common mistake.
Being a natural product, hardwood flooring is not going to be flawless and the grade of wood is an indication of the amount of imperfections it has and its strength. The greater the continuity of colour, and the fewer the knots determine the grade of the wood and therefore has an impact on the price of the materials.
When purchasing timber flooring, consider all specifications including the thickness in straps (this defines its stability) and the lengths. Hardwood flooring comes in such a wide range of sizes and dimensions but rule of thumb is – pricing is always a good indicator of its premium percentage.
This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Lifewood, Perth, Western Australia’s new generation of solid timber flooring.