When I was first starting out here at BuildDirect, I didn’t know one thing about flooring, other than the experience of walking on it. So, a good deal of my time when I joined up with this ragtag bunch of rebels (note the Star Wars reference…) was spent researching the world of flooring – how it was made, what some of the advantages and disadvantages are, and how to take care of it too. One of my favorite sites to fill in my knowledge gaps was this one – Ask The Builder.com.
This is an accessible site that seems to speak to people at all skill levels. So, an article like this one, which talks about how to repair a hardwood floor, really helps the less experienced to understand how it’s done, and kind of makes the idea of having a hardwood floor to be a little less intimidating too. Since getting hardwood flooring installed can be a chunk of change when compared to other types of flooring, many people shy away from it because, perhaps, they feel it’s beyond them.
I have to admit, I kind of felt this way myself, because I’m DIY charity case. But even if you’ve got some skills at home repair, like the fellow in the article for instance, I think the feeling of being out of one’s depth is a thing which a lot of people face when it comes time to shop for a new floor, or indeed anything which is meant to last for a long time. Will I be able to take care of it? Am I up for the responsibility?
For my money, the answer is nearly always “yes” for people who think to even ask the question. It’s kind of like wondering if you’re really ready to be a parent, only, you know, with fewer concerns about changing diapers and midnight feedings, and more to do with how often you’re likely to look at refinishing or putting felt protectors on your furniture legs.
Is that a bit of a forced comparison? Well, maybe.
The point is, there are plenty of sources of information out there for you to look at, which not only allows you to take care of your hardwood flooring and enjoy success with them in adding value and practical benefit to your property, but also to help you weigh the pros and cons of making the investment in the first place. Building knowledge builds confidence, and after that the possibilities are yours to imagine.