If you live in a condo you may be wondering if hardwood flooring is a good choice for your space. The first thing you will need to consider is the CC & Rs of your condo. Every HOA has its own rules regarding what you can do in your condo. Some have specific rules regarding flooring because some flooring types will create more noise for downstairs neighbors.
Access to the condo is another thing you will need to consider. If your condo has elevator only access you may find it harder to get the supplies into your home. It is not impossible but more challenging. You will want to talk with your contractor about delivery, access and material lengths. They will have ideas on how to make the process as seamless as possible including delivery and installation.
The installation process will also need to be discusses. Depending on the type of material you are using and the subfloor there may be a few different ways the flooring can be installed. The options generally are full glue down, double glue down or floating. These all have unique benefits and drawbacks. The CC&Rs may come into play again when you are choosing an installation method. Some condos require a sound barrier or dampener between you and your downstairs neighbor when hard flooring is being used. Moisture barriers may also be necessary when using wood on top of concrete.
Because of the nature of a condo you may have less control over the temperature and humidity of your individual unit than a house would. This can affect your flooring because wood shrinks and grows. Engineered wood is less susceptible to changes in humidity but does still move some with the changes in weather.
A contractor is your best resource for finding out the specifics about your condo flooring and what will work well in your space. Hardwood flooring is a beautiful addition to your space and something you with enjoy for years to come.
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