September 2017


When it comes to beautiful hardwood flooring, it’s not just about the wood. Okay… It’s mostly about the wood which is why it costs what it does, but there are other things you need to do to make sure that the flooring is installed properly and will last for years to come.

One of the big extras that most people don’t think about is underlayment. Underlayment is a thin piece of foam that is placed on top of the plywood or concrete subfloor. Why might you ask? Well, it just so happens that I have five good reasons why you might want to install underlayment before you install your brand new wood flooring.

  1. A good, long-lasting floor requires stability. The foundation you put your new flooring on should be rid of all major imperfections when it comes time to install, but it can be really hard to get every small or minor imperfection out. That’s where underlayment can make all the difference. Using underlayment will aid in smoothing out all of your subfloor imperfections and help your new flooring stand the test of time.

  2. Underlayment also acts as a layer of cushioning for your new floors. This helps protect them while also making it surprisingly more comfortable to walk on. If you plan to walk on your new floors for years to come, then this is a great long-term investment in the comfort of your home.

  3. One of the major criticisms of hardwood floors is that they can be noisy. While underlayment won’t erase this issue, it does wonders in addressing and reducing it. If you have kids running up and down your hallways or all around your living room, then this is a must-have for you.

  4. Underlayment will also protect your brand new investment of wood flooring by helping to keep the moisture under control. The underlayment will prevent moisture from building up and causing long-term damage to your new floors from humidity and spills. This is especially true if you also install an attached vapor barrier.

  5. Finally, the underlayment will keep your floors warmer. If your winters get cold, then you are going to really want this option. Nothing is worse than getting up at the crack of dawn and stepping on flooring that has been on top of a cold foundation all night. Now, this isn’t as big a problem in the south, but even in Texas, there are a few days that you’ll be happy you have it.

Putting down a layer of underlayment is a painless job that will add longevity and comfort to your brand new hardwood floor for years to come. Like all preparedness, you’ll find that every minute you put in at the beginning saves hours in the end.


Carpet vs Hardwood


If you are thinking about redoing your floors and have done any research then you know that it can be overwhelming at times. Between hardwood floors, carpet, laminate, tile, and more the choice is a tough one. Let me examine the two biggest choices that homeowners make; hardwood vs carpet.

For starters, there is no foolproof, 100% correct answer. The flooring you choose needs to meet your needs and budget. Just keep in mind that whatever you choose should be viewed as an investment into your home.

Keep in mind that there is more to the decision than just cost. For instance, are you redoing the floors for your personal use, for resale, or for rental tenants? Does your significant other or kids (or dog) like the soft feel of carpet under their feet or the coolness of wood (or tile if you're in the south). Making a decision is no simple matter.

Another thing to keep in mind is your pets. Wood flooring can be a necessary choice If you have dogs or cats, or if you are prone to allergies like dust or dander.

However, wood flooring can be more expensive than carpet so you might want to just do certain rooms or one room at a time. It’s not unusual to see a wood living room and kitchen mixed with carpeted bedrooms.

Hardwood is genuinely the most popular choice when it comes to reselling or flipping your home. It is also easier to maintain and will last the lifetime of the house if properly cared for.

“According to HGTV, the top request of home buyers and renters when looking for a home is hardwood floors. In fact, a study of homebuyer preferences by USA Today using data from the National Association of Realtors found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood floors.”

The decision of carpet vs hardwood really comes down to initial cost vs long-term investment. If you plan to live in your home for 30 years or want to sell it quickly on the market than you should probably go with Hardwood. However, if you are putting in flooring for a rent house or just starting out than you might want to go with carpet.

Do your research and shop around. Quite often hardwood can be found for comparable prices to other types of flooring which should help make the decision all the easier for you.

As always, if you have any comments, concerns or questions, please let us know in the comment section below.


Hardwood floors should be seen as an investment and like any investment they must be cared for and protected if you want to pass them onto your kids or a future buyer.

ABC stands for Always Be Cleaning

Well not literally always, but it sounded good. That being said, you should clean your floors regularly to take care of lingering dust or dirt (or dog hairs… so many dog hairs).

The good news is that this is much easier and quicker than most other flooring types. Simply use a broom, vacuum, or dry-mop on the surface and you are good to go. Just never use a wet-mop as this can remove the finish of your floors over time.

It is also genuinely a good idea to apply a trusted wood-designed floor cleaner every so often. You can find our list of products here.

Like all cleaning, continued maintenance is the best option. Afterall, if you want to enjoy those floors than you have to be able to see them.

Protecting your floors from your things

At Hardwood Bargains, we feel that a floor is a work of art and we could stare at the bare wood all day (some days we do). However, since it’s your floor, you might actually want to put something on it.

Large furniture like couches, beds, or tables always has the danger of scratching your new wood floors.  To prevent this, we recommend using some non-abrasive felt-backed floor protectors. Just stay away from ones with a fabric casing as these can scuff or discolor your new hardwood floors as well.

You can also go with a rug, but just like the protectors, you want to make sure you choose only rugs with natural backings since synthetics can damage or discolor.

What about four-legged fur-balls?

ABC of flooring - Dog

They have to go… No exceptions, it’s them or the floors.

Just kidding, at Hardwood Bargains, we love animals so much that we even have an office dog named Larry (it’s a she... don’t ask).

All jokes aside, the most important step in safeguarding your new floors from your four-legged pals is to keep their nails trimmed. This will cut down on the chance that they scuff your floors by just walking on them.

It is also important to make sure you have a towel or small rug under their food and water dishes to prevent scuffing and water spills.

Lastly, back to step one, sweep up the loose hair regularly to prevent it from clumping up and forming a layer on your new floor.

That’s it, three easy steps to protecting your brand new hardwood floors. After All, they are an investment in your house.

If you have any questions, comments, or correction please leave them down below in the comments.


You may not be aware, but Hardwood Bargains is located in Austin, Texas, just a few hours away from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. While we in the Austin area were fortunate to come out unharmed, our fellow Texans just to the south weren’t so lucky.

Many of us have family and close friends in Southeast Texas and it was important to all of us to make sure that we were doing something to give back to those that have lost so much.

So, we are excited to announce a partnership with the Americares™ Foundation. Starting today we will be donating a portion of our profits to Americares™ to be put to good use helping those that need it most.

Only after much research and discussion did we decide to partner with the Americares™ Foundation - They have been providing health care and basic humanitarian services to places in need since 1979, and do so in an open and transparent way. They are truly a great organization and we are proud to support them.

However, no one person, company, or charity can do it all. Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the Texas coastline and Hurricane Irma may prove even worse for the southeastern United States. These are uncertain times for America’s coastline and we owe it to the fine people living in these regions to give back as much as possible.  

We are all so lucky to be where we are in life and we should do what we can to help those in need. So please join in and donate to the Americares™ Foundation or a charity of your choice. We might not have the power to prevent suffering, but maybe together we can minimize its impact.

Thank you,

The Hardwood Bargains Family.

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As you may have noticed, wood walling is a HUGE trend in the design industry as of late. It’s easy enough to install yourself, allowing you to spice up any room on a budget. Below is the complete guide to wood walling from LuxeWall and Hardwood Bargains.

What Is it?

Our wood walling products come ready to go with a peel and stick adhesive that can stick to any flat surface, like a wall or ceiling. One of the best parts about this walling is that most of our floor designs can easily be installed on your walls or ceilings, letting your creative juices flow when it comes to wood choice!

How Easy Is It To Install?

The simple answer? Easy! Just peel and stick the hardwood planks and you’re good to go. No need for any glue or nails to hold the planks in place... installation is a breeze. The only tools you need are a level, a saw, and measuring tape.

How Much Walling Do I Need?

To find out how much hardwood walling you need, determine the area (length x width) of the wall or ceiling you'll be working on and add an extra 5% for waste cuts.

Click Here For An Easy Calculator.

Can I Hang Things On The Walling?

You sure can! Our favorite way to hang photos or artwork on your wood walling is with adhesive hangers. These types of hangers allow you to hang your artwork without damaging your new walls with nails or screws.

The important thing is that your new wall is just that… A wall. It just looks a lot better than it did.

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In recent years interior designers all across the world have fallen in love with acacia hardwood floors. Designers are always searching for a new style of flooring that will work with different styles of furniture and they have truly found it with acacia hardwood floors. Coming in various plank widths, different colors and shines, acacia floors allow the designers the flexibility to make the right choice for every customer.

For instance, a wide plank, oil finished, hand scrapped acacia hardwood floor creates a warm and rustic atmosphere inside the customer’s homes. Whereas, a narrower plank, with a shinier aluminum oxide finish and a smooth surface, allows the designers to achieve a more formal feel.

Extremely hard and very durable, acacia wood floors are a perfect choice for customers looking for that unique designer look at a reasonable price. Designers love the color variation and elaborate grain patterns that can be seen throughout the flooring. Each plank looking different than the next.

Acacia, also known as the thorn tree, can be found growing in Australia, Africa, South America and the tropical parts of Asia. The Janka hardness scale measures the resistance of various species of wood to denting. A small pellet is pressed into the wood to determine how much force is required to embed the pellet half way. Registering at 2300 psi on the JANKA scale, acacia is 55% harder than European white oak, 23% harder than hickory and 90% harder than carbonized bamboo flooring, making it one of the most durable floors on market.

Due to the high variation in the grain and knot pattern of acacia hardwood floors, designers are able to pair it with both light and dark cabinets inside their customer’s homes. The rich texture of the acacia also pairs extremely well with various distressing practices that add warmth and character to the home.

The competitive pricing, durability and stylistic flexibility of acacia hardwood floors have propelled them to their extreme popularity with interior designers everywhere. More and more designers are recommending acacia hardwood floors to their customers instead of old classics like hickory and European oak. Please call one of our representatives today to learn which acacia wood floor will be a great fit for your home.