It goes without saying that nothing can natural beauty and enduring warmth to a home like wood flooring can. Much to the dismay of the homeowner, there are dozens of colors, finishes, and woods to choose from, which can make the selection process a bit challenging. If you are planning on installing your wooden floors yourself instead of hiring a contractor, there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration, especially where hidden costs are concerned.
Once you have finished looking and have decided on the wood flooring that you want to install, you'll probably need to start shopping for supplies and tools. Hopefully, you have budgeted for these expenses in advance along with the cost of the flooring. Otherwise, you are going to be in for a shocking surprise. If you had hired a professional wood flooring contractor to begin with, you wouldn't need those "extras" that you may or may not have anticipated buying.
There are a number of items that you will need to purchase including floor buffers, floor leveling compounds, floor leveling tools, flooring edgers, flooring scrapers, flooring sealers, hardwood adhesive, knee pads, nails, screws, and under layer materials. If you don't have a household first aid kit, then you will need to purchase one of those as well. Had you hired a wood flooring contractor, there wouldn't be a need to incur these expenses.
There are certain tools that will only be used once, and even though you could rent those instead of purchasing them, this is still an expense that you should have planned for. These tools include:
- 10" Miter Saw
- Circular Saw
- Jig Saw
- Sliding Compound Miter Saw
- Table Saw
- Toe Kick Saw
Additionally, you will need to rent a dumpster for the trash and waste materials that accumulate while installing your wood flooring. Again, hiring a professional contractor would have eliminated the need for spending money on these items. Even if you are an avid and experienced DIY'er, you may not have realized what you were in for when you decided to install that wood flooring yourself.
There is also the time factor that you need to contend with. Professional contractors can install wood flooring throughout an entire house in 3 or 4 days at most. How long do you think it would take you to do the same work without professional assistance? Depending on the difficulty of the job and your level of experience, you may spend 2 or 3 days on a single room. Since time is usually equated as money, this just adds to the expenses that you may or may not have anticipated when you first considered installing your flooring.
Finally, it will take additional time to clean up the mess that was made throughout the project. This is something that a contractor and his staff would have taken care of as well. So if you are just in the planning stages and have not started shopping for your wood flooring, you might want to consider all of the above and start looking for a wood flooring contractor to do the work for you. In most cases, the company that you purchase your flooring from will have a crew of installation technicians that can do the work for you and with some companies and the installation cost may be included in the price per square foot.
About the Author
Jesse Deanda is the top Dallas Wood Flooring expert, providing years of experience in the wood flooring industry. His expertise and skills sets his company apart and you can learn more about his service by visiting his website at http://dallaswoodflooring.net