Birmingham Hardwood FloorOnce you decide that you want to have hardwood installed in your home, it is important to explore the different installation options. If you don’t specify, and installation team is simply going to come in and lay the hardwood down in the way that they determine is best given the layout of the room. While this may be exactly what you want, there are also some ways to truly personalize the flooring based on how you have it installed.


When you walk into a room, the vertical installation is when the planks are laid out in a vertical manner. This design generally is going to add length to the room. Particularly if you are looking to make a room look much longer than it really is, this is definitely an installation option you will want to explore.


A horizontal installation is basically the exact opposite of vertical. When you walk into a room, the planks are going to go in the opposite direction. This can help to make the room look wider than it really is. Whether you choose this method or not may depend on the overall layout of the room. It is often chosen when there is a small entry way and then it opens up into a wider room, such as what is common in dens and offices.

Again, it is a good idea to look at photos of rooms that have used this type of hardwood installation. This way, you can make an educated decision when you are deciding how you want your floors installed inside of your home.

On the Diagonal

The diagonal installation method is becoming more common. It allows you to add in some of your personality and be a little unique when it comes to your hardwood flooring. It can give the appearance that the room is much larger than it is.

This type of installation is particularly effective when you have a large, open room. Living rooms, lofts, and other spacious rooms can benefit considerably. It is also highly suggested that you don’t use any kind of area rugs so that the diagonal design can be seen with ease.

Birmingham Hardwood FloorParquet Flooring

Parquet flooring is best described as wooden tiles. This gives you the chance to have hardwood flooring, but it is laid down as tiles. You can opt for two or more shades and go for a checkerboard pattern and more within the rooms of your home for something different.

Puzzle Pieces

Puzzle piece flooring is starting to pop up here and there. It is very different than the traditional wood plank flooring, and you can choose a single stain or go for multiple stains in order to incorporate some more hues within your home. It can be a slight challenge to install, but when it is all said and done, it can be the best way to add character to a room.

Ultimately, you are only going to have your hardwood floors installed once, so you want to be sure that they are done in such a way that it adds personality to your home. The striking aesthetic can make all the difference in the world, so it pays to do some research before you tell our installation team how you want the flooring installed. Give the experts at Floor Coverings International Birmingham a call today to schedule your free in-home consultation.

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