Many homeowners consider installing their own hardwood floors. Big box stores offer seminars and DIY tips, but did you know there is a lot of technique behind an installation of a hardwood, engineered and vinyl floor? Often homeowners are unaware of an important step in the installation process, leveling the subfloor. This step is crucial and will affect the performance of your floor. A professional hardwood installer understands the different modalities to leveling and can make sure you don’t end up with concrete dripping into the space below and an insurance claim on your hands. Now lets talk about direction of the floor, homeowners may not realize that direction of the floor can make a big difference in how your rooms flow together. A floor in the wrong direction can make your space look small and choppy. A certified professional is experienced in laying out the direction of the floor to maximize the sight lines of your home and enhance the symmetry of your design. The final step of installation is the big one. DIY classed may not inform you of the length a board must be from an adjacent cut. Too many cuts together make the floor look too busy in some sections and too plain in other sections. Power tools are also something to consider. Accidents are a very real danger in this business and let’s agree that no floor is worth losing a finger over. A do it yourself flooring may end up costing you more in time, product waste and overall peace of mind. A certified professional is always your best choice!