Choosing the right flooring for your basement can be tricky, especially because certain concerns are presented that you wouldn’t have to deal with in the rest of the house. The final row or two is always difficult, particularly on regular hardwood flooring as the nailer won’t fit against the wall and face nailing is again necessary. Other areas can have a metal trim or custom wood trim to match the hardwood flooring and that provides a transfer between your hardwood flooring and adjacent carpet or tile. I’m glad you enjoyed it. This type of work, particularly with engineered hardwood, is not difficult to do and most people can have a new floor in their home with only moderate effort.
One of the pictures shows no trim at all for an adjacent carpet; instead the carpet is tucked into the groove of the hardwood flooring with the nap of the carpet remaining as high as or even higher than the hardwood floorng. Some floors are near the water line and may bleed through at least small amounts of water; this will destroy the floor. Andy, I would suggest putting some plywood down if it is possible within your budget and can be reasonably done on the floor in question.
There will also be some problem with the time setting the glue; the floor must not be used at all during this period as the boards will separate slightly under pressure and leave cracks in the floor. Stain – the floor will most likely need sanding after installation and this will remove much of the stain in any case. As long as the new finish is very close in color to the old color I would see no reason to remove it all before installation. Whether hardwood flooring or marble tiles, we don’t want our flooring to get scratched.
Personally I like the look of the hardwood floor in long planks better, but the installation of either is very similar, and not difficult at all. That’s why putting a carpet on it is a good choice for protecting our flooring. Carpets are also useful in maintaining cleanliness to your home, and in avoiding accidents like being slipped from wet floors.
I prefer carpet throughout most of my home, but have hardwood flooring installed in areas appropriate such as dining, bathrooms and entrance foyers. As you can see from the photos I’ve put down several hardwood floors in my own home, both engineered and non-engineered. As long as the hardwood flooring has not been damaged clean up is a snap, and is cleaner than using a vacuum on carpet.