Home Renovations: Flooring

Tuesday Oct 11th, 2016

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New Flooring is one of the easiest ways to brighten up a space.  When buyers walk in to a home they usually look down instead of up. The rule of thumb for flooring is, the more resilient and long lasting, the higher the price of the upgrade BUT the higher the return is on the investment (ROI). Remember, when doing any renovations, do them for your enjoyment, and comfort, first - not just for a home sale, unless it is absolutely necessary.  Consider hardwood, laminate, tile, and natural stone for flooring options to add value to your home. If carpeting is preferred, consider berber carpets.

Hardwood

If you want to give your home the look of natural beauty, hardwood is definitely something you should consider. Hardwood, however, is a little softer and could be more prone to dents and scratches. 

When it comes to hardwood flooring, there’s solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. 

Solid hardwood floors are just that — they’re made from solid wood. Each board of solid hardwood flooring is made from a single piece of hardwood that’s about 3/4 of an inch thick. Because it’s so thick it can be sanded down and refinished for however long the flooring is in the house.

But the main problem with solid hardwood is that it shrinks and expands depending on the humidity in your home. In the winter when it’s drier, hardwood floors will shrink. When there’s more moisture in the air, like in the spring or summer, hardwood expands.

Whoever installs solid hardwood floors must have enough experience to leave the right amount of space for hardwood’s natural expansion and contraction. The individual boards can’t be too tight or too loose. If they’re too tight your floor will buckle. If it’s too loose the gaps between the boards will get too wide in the winter.

Then there’s engineered hardwood flooring. It’s made of layers of wood, bonded together with adhesives under intense heat and pressure.

Because of this process, engineered hardwood flooring isn’t affected by humidity as much as hardwood. It doesn’t shrink or expand, which makes it resistant to warping and cupping. And for that same reason it’s considered very strong and stable.

It can also be sanded and refinished, but not as much as hardwood.

With any wood floor, solid hardwood, or engineered, if any water gets under, and remains, there could be issues with mold and damage to the flooring. For this reason, it's not really advisable to install them in kitchens and bathrooms.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is more durable and impervious to scratches and damage, making them an ideal choice for high traffic areas. Today, one can get a wide variety of laminate flooring, so much so, they even look like hardwood or ceramic.

Vinyl

Vinyl is a very versatile, economic, choice for floor covering and is most commonly used in kitchens, bath, laundry rooms and sometimes even basements. Vinyl comes in sheet rolls or peel and stick tiles.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is a natural product made of clay, minerals and water that are designed and formed into a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. This type of floor covering is mostly used in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms since it is more resistant to moisture.

Carpeting

Carpet comes in a wide variety of styles and constructions to fit almost any décor from formal to casual. From berbers, saxonies, textures, friezes and patterned cut/uncut styles, there are lots to choose from depending on personal choice.


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