Hardwood planks can be purchased with a raw face that gets finished by a professional after installation, or prefinished, which arrives with the stain and topcoat already applied. The advantage of prefinished wood is that you know exactly what you`re getting.
Installing wood flooring depends upon a number of things: which type of flooring you have chosen and what subfloor you have. There are many different options from floating over an underlay, gluing down, secret nailing or secret screwing. Just make sure your installation method is correct for your home and the particular flooring you have purchased.
It is important that you also think about whether you want solid hardwood or engineered hardwood. Depending on how you want to lay the floor may make this decision for you. If you have underfloor heating or want to float your floor over an underlay then you will need to select an engineered hardwood.
Remember to remove outdoor footwear before walking on your floor. Wipe away spills on your floor immediately. It is also advisable to apply felt protector pads to the bottom of furniture or heavy items.
The direction you choose to lay your wooden flooring is entirely up to you. It might be worth thinking about how you want the room to look though. Most people lay their floor lengthways according to the path of light coming from a window or door. This helps to highlight the natural beauty of you flooring as the light falls on the grain pattern.
Sometimes the subfloor will also determine the type or thickness of the flooring. For example, if you have joists, you wooden flooring must be at least 18mm thick. Why not have a look at Fitting wood flooring onto different subfloors for further information.