A: There are quite a few differences between hardwood flooring brands.
You will find that some manufacturers use a lower quality wood and bad milling. The best hardwood flooring manufacturers have been around a long time and a have a good reputation. They are the companies with a proven track record.
A: You can install your own hardwood floors but we don't recommend it. Professional installers know how to measure and install floors properly. It's easy to make a mistake measuring your floor and ordering more hardwood flooring than you need or less flooring. Installing the floors is very important as well. If they aren't installed properly the floors could end up buckling and having other issues. Hardwood flooring that is installed properly should last 20 years or more.
A: If you choose to install your own hardwood floors you will need the proper tools. There are a few tools you will need including a combination square, miter saw, jig saw, small table saw, a hardwood flooring nailer with cleat nails or staples, 8-penny finish nails & nail set, drill and more. You will be able to find these items at your local rental store or lumberyard.