To make the right choice for your hardwood flooring, consult the “Buyer’s Guide“. To ensure your new floor is a success, here are some basic criteria to consider before making your final hardwood flooring choice.
What type of home do you live in?
The type of residence will significantly influence the flooring type and installation method you need. In a single-family home, the subfloor will dictate the type of floor you can install. In a condominium, your condo owner’s agreement usually has rules regarding soundproofing which have to be considered. In a basement, an engineered floor will be your preferred option.
What kind of furniture is in the room, and what style of décor?
Is there already wood in the room? Are there a lot of furnishings, or just a few? What shades are they? In a new home, the ambiance you’re looking for will largely influence your choice of color, wood species, grade, finish, board width, and direction.
What rooms are you planning to floor?
Sketch out the rooms where you want to install your hardwood floor. Indicate the areas of the rooms and make note of stairways, closets, and any obstacles that will require special fitting. Find out what kind of subfloor you have and in what direction the joists run. Remember that engineered flooring is the best choice for basements.
How many people live in your home?
The more people there are, the greater the traffic and the more durable your finish needs to be. If you have young children or pets, choose a harder wood species and matte finishes to minimize the risk of dents and scratches.
What type of flooring is right for your room?
The right type of flooring for you depends on the room where it will be installed. Various floor types are available according to your needs: engineered wood, glueless engineered wood, and solid wood. See a dealer for advice on choosing a floor. > See «Floor Types section»
Who should you have install your floor?
Given the importance of your investment in your hardwood floor and the long-term stakes surrounding its installation, it’s recommended that you seek out the services of installation specialists. They guarantee their work with no risk of invalidating the manufacturer’s warranty. Dealers can refer you to one. Depending on your knowledge and the tools you have available, you may wish to perform the installation yourself. Before starting, ask your specialized dealer for advice and follow the instructions in our installation guides to ensure beautiful results.
What should you look for in a specialized dealer?
- Does the dealer have a good product and accessory inventory?
- How are products delivered? How long will it take?
- Does the dealer offer installation?
- Can you get cleaning products and the manufacturer’s maintenance guide?
- What do you know about the dealer’s and manufacturer’s warranties?
What is the dealer’s experience and reputation?
- How many years has the dealer been in business?
- Is it an authorized dealer of the brand you want to buy?
- Do you know anyone who has bought from the company and would recommend it?
- Can the dealer provide references?
- Is the estimate you received detailed and exact?
- Can the dealer explain the technical aspects of installing a hardwood floor?
We invite you to visit your local Mirage dealer to discuss your project and get a quote.
Come see a Mirage display at Diablo Flooring !
Pleasanton Showroom : 5600-D Sunol Blvd Pleasanton,CA 94588 (925) 426-RUGS
Walnut Creek Showroom : 1813 Mt Diablo Blvd Walnut Creek,CA 94596 (925) 988-WOOD