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BUYER BASICS: WOOD FLOORING

There is so much to think about when you purchase a new wood floor, but with our Buyer Basics Wood Flooring tutorial, we will answer all your questions and get you on your way to your perfect floor!

 

I need a new floor…now what?
New flooring is a great way to improve your home, but not a lot of us know how to get started. There are so many options! Should you get carpet or tile? Porcelain tile or ceramic tile? What about wood, or bamboo? Wait, is cork flooring a real thing? New flooring should be exciting, not confusing! Read on for our crash course in flooring basics, so you can stop worrying and start building your dream home.

 
 

 
 

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood
If you want the classic look of hardwood floors, opt for engineered hardwood. Easier to clean and install than traditional hardwood, yet harder to damage, engineered hardwood is the modern way to get that classic feel. For a contemporary twist on the natural look, check out wider panels, which can open up a space, or consider slanted installation. Try a whitewashed wood for a coastal feel, or wire-scraped for a rustic look that hides the natural wear and tear of a lived-in home.

Laminate

Laminate
Being on a budget doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Laminate flooring delivers the look of sleek wood for a fraction of the cost. Unlike wood, which is vulnerable to dents and scratches, laminate flooring is manufactured to hold up for the long haul (with a warranty to prove it!). Laminate is also resistant to moisture and stains, making it perfect for a kitchen, and also great for a half bathroom. While it’s not actually wood, laminate flooring provides consistent quality, as there’s no chance of a defect, like in the real stuff. Also, gone is the day of messing with glue (and fearing an unsightly peeling effect). Most modern laminate flooring installs easy-peasy with a click-lock system.