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Installing Hardwood Floors - Professional Installation or Do It Yourself

You've envisioned how new hardwood flooring will look in your home, but have you decided how those hardwood floors will be installed? Whether you're planning to hire a professional wood installer or you've chosen to install hardwood floors yourself, can help guide you to the successful completion of your project.

Should You Hire A Professional or Install Wood Floors Yourself?

Before you decide to install wood floors yourself, there are a few things you should consider. Hiring a professional installer, while it costs more, can have a lot of advantages. Do you know about wood flooring acclimation, different installation types (floating, nailing, gluing), and reducing noise? For answers to these popular wood flooring questions, make sure to visit our detailed installing hardwood flooring instructions to help make your final decision.

Professional Installation

Once you've made the decision to have a professional install your hardwood floor, there's still the question of finding the right person for the job. Most flooring retail stores will be able to provide or recommend a good flooring installer, and can help you locate both. Simply use our Find It Locally search directory, which can be accessed from each page on the site for your convenience. Just type in your zip code, and voila! You'll instantly get a list of flooring retailers and installers that can help bring your flooring project to life.

Look for the Certified Seal on a listing to find a certified professional in your area. The seal lets you know the installer has obtained the proper business and installation licenses to do flooring work. While this information is current at the time of publication and will be updated regularly, we still recommend that you verify a flooring installer's credentials and licensing before you hire them.

Our Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide comes complete with Ask the Installer, a list of questions to better prepare you for interviewing an installer for your project. Knowing what to ask can help you avoid costly surprises. If you want to purchase green hardwood floors and/or want them to be installed in a more environmentally friendly way, can help. Here you'll find helpful hardwood questions that can help you determine just how green your hardwood floors truly are.


Ready to roll up your sleeves and make that dream floor a reality? Let us assist you with our professionally prepared Hardwood Floor Installation Guide. Our flooring professionals are ready to walk you through the process and help you avoid some common mistakes. It's a guide that could save you time, money and headaches in the long run.

Wonder how hardwood is made? Find out how a tree becomes the beautiful floor beneath your feet in the How It's Made section.

Wonder how hardwood first became a floor covering? Find this and more information in the Hardwood History.

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