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Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are beautiful, durable, and you have the option of refinishing them if they need to be updated – but what happens when disaster strikes?  Weather in SW Missouri can be unpredictable, and water is the worst enemy of hardwood floors.

The thing with hardwood floors is it absorbs water.  Whether it is a small spill or a flood catastrophe, there are a few things you can do to protect your hardwood floors…the biggest being to dry your hardwood floor and subfloor as quickly as possible!

Things You Can Do To Protect Your Hardwood Floors From Water Damage

  1. Soak up any excess water standing on your hardwood floors. If it is a small spill, usually a cloth will do. However, if it is a big spill or flood, you may want to consider using a water vacuum or hiring restoration specialists who can remove the excess water and speed up the drying process so your wood floors don’t buckle.
  2. Ensure ALL the moisture has been removed from your hardwood floors. The longer your hardwood floors are exposed to water, the more likely your floors will get mold. Mold doesn’t only damage your hardwood floors, but it can seriously affect the air quality of your home.  Be sure to get all the water out of your beautiful hardwoods as soon as possible!
  3. Do NOT try refinishing your floor until there is no moisture. The reason being is many homeowners may think their hardwood floors are dry without knowing for sure, and when they go to refinish the floors it makes the situation worse!  It can take several weeks or months to get your hardwood floors to dry (which is why it is important to hire a professional restoration company in SW Missouri). 
  4. Always check your subfloor for water damage – it isn’t good enough to only check your hardwood floors and then try to refinish them! If you ARE going to refinish your hardwood floors after water damage has occurred, you will want to make sure everything has been efficiently dried.
  5. If your home has a crawlspace, you may want to make sure there is no moisture there.  Again, this can affect your floors in a negative way!

 

Do You Have a Project in SW Missouri?  A Little About Direct Install Flooring Company

We at Direct Install LLC are located in SE Springfield, Mo and service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products and flooring installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet and laminate, we pride ourselves on our service, our floor installers and products.  This is why we have an A rating with the BBB.

We strive to provide the best flooring in SW Missouri and beyond.  Whether you are looking for quality flooring contractors, installers or construction management, our services include everything from flooring residential construction projects to custom flooring projects and large commercial flooring installation projects in SW Missouri.  We are passionate about floors, and our passion shows through our work.

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you! 

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Flooring, Hardwood Floors

Long lasting floors is something many homeowners want.  In fact, some go the extra mile to pick out the best hardwood floors, tile floors, carpet or engineered vinyl planks in order to NOT have to worry about their flooring buckling, warping or coming up in some way.  The sad thing is when it comes to flooring, that age-old adage doesn’t work… you know, the one that says, “you get what you pay for.”  In our experience, this isn’t always true.


You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For

Picture this:  you go with your beloved spouse to a flooring store here in Springfield, Missouri to pick out some high-quality floors.  You are greeted by a smiling salesperson who takes you through the gambit of what they have to offer.  After a bit of discussion and going back and forth with your other half, you agree to purchase some high-quality hardwood floors which will really give your forever home that extra character, finishing you wanted.  The salesmen also throws in flooring installation into the mix, you pick a date and you are one step closer to enjoying your long-lasting floors.  Or so you thought.

What your salesmen didn’t know was that the floors in your home were concrete – a substance no hardwood floor should be nailed to.  Nope, you actually needed a plywood subfloor or OSB subfloor, but how would you know?  Your job was to go pick out the type of floor you wanted, pick a time for the installers and then pay the pied piper.

The story doesn’t end here though – not only do the installers KNOW not to nail hardwood floors to concrete, they do it anyway because that is what they are told to do!  The problem with this is while you picked out beautiful high-quality hardwood floors, they aren’t going to last because they weren’t installed right.  After a bit of time, they begin to buckle, squeak and do all sorts of funny things because it wasn’t installed correctly!

Finding the RIGHT Flooring and the RIGHT Flooring Installers in SW Missouri

It can be difficult finding the right flooring products and the right flooring installers in SW Missouri, but it isn’t impossible.  Our recommendation is to always do a background check on the companies and workers you are sourcing to install your floors. 

  1. Check the Better Business Bureau for ratings.
  2. Check Angie’s List for reviews on contractors.
  3. Buy your flooring products from a reputable store in Springfield, Missouri.

 

Do You Have a Project in SW Missouri?  A Little About Direct Install Flooring Company

We at Direct Install LLC are located in SE Springfield, Mo and service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products and flooring installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet, and laminate, we pride ourselves on our service, our floor installers and products.  This is why we have an A rating with the BBB.

We strive to provide the best flooring in SW Missouri and beyond.  Whether you are looking for quality flooring contractors, installers or construction management, our services include everything from flooring residential construction projects to custom flooring projects and large commercial flooring installation projects in SW Missouri. 

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you! 

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Carpet, Engineered Hardwood, Flooring, Hardwood Floors, Laminate, Tile, Vinyl

Flooring price can range in SW Missouri.  Whether you are buying or flipping a house in Springfield, Mo or SW Missouri, or perhaps just updating a rental, one of the biggest factors in construction is pricing.  Many of us have a budget to work with, and while we want our home, rental or flip to look amazing, pricing is always a factor.

As such, we put our heads together at the Direct Install Flooring Showroom, and decided to come up with a generic list of price ranges for various flooring products.  Keep in mind, there is a difference in price between buying flooring materials and then installing them.

 

*PROTIP*

Many “discount” or “cheap” flooring companies in SW Missouri have a habit of undercharging labor and overcharging on materials…this is so you want to use them to install the product instead of another company.  We’ve seen it before and we will see it again – a customer is unhappy with the contractors of one of these stores, so when he or she calls another installation company and gets their installation price, it looks to be more expensive than the store he or she already bought from.  This gives the illusion that other flooring companies in SW Missouri are trying to pull a fast one on them, when in reality, the “discount” or “cheap” flooring stores are messing with the prices.

Our advice, always get a WRITTEN QUOTATION for flooring materials and installation. 


#themoreyouknow

 

Keep in mind the below prices typically reflect an approximation for various flooring materials and installation.  Tear out and disposal of old floors often have a different price associated with it!

 

Carpet Price

Low end starts at $.60 per square foot and high end can go up to $7 per square foot (for extreme custom-work).

If carpet pad isn’t included, expect an additional $.20 to $.55 per square foot for padding, and another $.40 to $.60 for installation!   

 

Tile Flooring Price

Tile flooring prices vary widely, from a dollar per square foot for low-end materials up to $25 per square foot.

Tile installation can range from $5 to $12 per square foot.  Sure, you may find installers to do it for cheaper, but often if you purchase subpar labor, you are going to get subpar installation.

 

Vinyl Flooring Price

Vinyl price ranges from $.75 to $6 per square foot.

Installation can range from $1.50 per square foot to $4 per square foot.

 

Laminate Flooring Price

Cheap laminate prices start at less than $1 per square foot and ranges to $5 or $6 per square foot.

Laminate flooring installation charges range from $1.50 to $3 per square foot to install.

 

Hardwood Flooring Price

Low-end hardwood flooring ranges from $2 a square foot up to $30 a square foot or more for high-end materials.

Hardwood flooring installation typically runs you between $3 to $5 per square foot.

 

Engineered Hardwood Flooring Price 

More and more people are going with engineered hardwood floors because of affordability and durability.  If there is a  moisture issue with engineered hardwood, you won’t have to tear it out and install another kind of flooring because engineered hardwood can take a hit!  Not if you FLOOD the place, but if moisture is an issue.

The price range of engineered hardwood flooring is like that of hardwood flooring. 

A person typically pays $3 per square foot to install engineered hardwood flooring.

 

Do You Have a Project in SW Missouri?  A Little About Direct Install LLC

We at Direct Install LLC are located in SE Springfield, Mo and service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products and flooring installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet and laminate, we pride ourselves on our service, our floor installers and products.  This is why we have an A rating with the BBB.

We strive to provide the best flooring in SW Missouri and beyond.  Whether you are looking for quality flooring contractors, installers or construction management, our services include everything from flooring residential construction projects to custom flooring projects and large commercial flooring installation projects in SW Missouri.  We are passionate about floors, and only hire and employ the best contractors in and around Springfield, Missouri.

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you! 

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Flooring, Hardwood Floors

As a homeowner, having the best floors in the Ozarks is something we all want – it increases the value of our homes, it looks beautiful and more importantly, it helps to know what your kids are up to in the house!

School has started, and for many parents in SW Missouri, high school is a new frontier for eager and curious teenagers.  In all honesty, I shudder at the thought of my teenage years and some of the shenanigans I’ve pulled, which is why we’ve taken the time to write this little article.  For all the parents out there worried about some of the stunts their teenagers may or may not pull while under their roof, we present to you a blog on the best floors in the Ozarks for creeping teenagers!

What are the Best Floors in the Ozarks for Creeping Teenagers?

If I remember back to my golden years, the thing which always put a damper on my late-night plans were my parents’ hardwood floors.  They were beautiful, stunning, but over time they begin to breathe and creek.  I wouldn’t get three steps towards the door before my parents knew I was up to something.

The reason hardwood floors creak so much is due to our lovely yet unpredictable weather patterns.  Spring and fall can feel like winter or summer – sometimes the extremes vary from day-to-day living!  As such, hardwood floors have a tendency to shrink and expand depending on variables such as heat and humidity.

In fact, when good flooring contractors in the Ozarks install hardwoods, they often do their work with the air conditioner at full blast – this is so the wood shrinks, your install the hardwood floors, and when the A/C is turned off the boards expand creating a seamless wood floor.  Pretty cool, huh?

So, if you are looking to keep tabs on your teenagers, regardless of the season, our recommendation at Direct Install LLC is to install hardwood floors – the best floors in the Ozarks for creeping teenagers!  In fact, we can provide you a quotation free of charge within 48 hours of your inquiry.  Just give a ring!

About Direct Install LLC

In short, we at Direct Install LLC, located in SE Springfield, Mo service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products and installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet and laminate, we are also a construction co-op company which has a painting, siding, and roofing divisions. 

We strive to provide the best flooring in the Ozarks and beyond.  Whether you are looking for quality flooring contractors, installers or construction management, our services include everything from flooring residential construction projects to custom flooring projects and large commercial flooring installation projects in SW Missouri.  We are passionate about floors, and only hire and employ the best contractors in and around Springfield, Missouri.

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you! 

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Flooring, Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are absolutely gorgeous when kept in pristine condition, but maintaining your hardwood floors in the Ozarks is another thing entirely.  With our ever-changing weather and humidity, not only can this harm your floors, but it can damage them beyond repair if they aren’t taken care of.  

Think about it – wood expands in heat and contracts when it is cold.  If your hardwood floors aren’t protected and maintained, water damage can have an irreversible effect on the life of them.  And let’s be honest, replacing them isn’t always cheap!  With that in mind, here are some tips on how you can maintain and protect your hardwoods.
How to Maintain Your Hardwood Floors in the Ozarks:
Maintaining your hardwood floors on a daily, weekly and monthly basis is different.

Daily

 Sweep or dust mop your hardwood floors.

Weekly

 Vacuum using the bare floor setting.

Monthly

 Clean with a recommended and proven wood flooring  cleaner

Every 3 – 5 Years

 Apply a maintenance coat to your hardwood floors.

Every Decade or Two

 Sand and refinish your hardwood floors.


When maintaining your hardwood floors, be sure to use a dry microfiber mop, and never NEVER use vinyl or tile-cleaning chemicals on your hardwoods.  In fact, do not wet mop or steam mop a hardwood floor either as this can damage the wood.  You will also want to make sure you have felt bottoms or stick-on felt protectors on any chairs or furniture which can scratch, scuff or dim the surface of your hardwood floors.  

Last but not least, winters in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Rogersville, Branson and the Ozarks, in general, can be very damaging to your beautiful hardwood floors.  One of the things which can help is to keep a humidifier – this helps to minimize gaps in the floor boards.

As part of the Direct Install team, our passion is flooring and hardwood floor installation and repair.  When we install floors for our clients in the Ozarks, we make sure they understand how to take care of them so they can get the most life out of them.  

In summary, maintaining hardwood floors isn’t difficult, but it does take small actions completed consistently over time.  The reward is a floor which not only makes a home, but makes memories too.  

If you are interested in a free hardwood flooring quote, feel free to give us a call at (417) 650-8041 or email us at admin@directinstall417.com  and a Direct Install Flooring team member will get a hold of you.
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