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Not All Hardwood Floors Are Created Equal Main Idaho Real Estate Insights
Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for many Idaho homeowners. Here's 5 things you need to consider before installing a hardwood floor in your new home.

Hardwood fllooring considerations

1. How much money to you want to spend? Compare to other flooring options.
2. How long do you want your new wood floor to last?
3. What is your sub-floor construction?  Will the wood flooring overlay concrete or plywood?
4.  What is the flooring environment?  What will the floor have to withstand.  Pets, children, high traffic, humidity, dirt, etc.
 
Here's 3 types of wood flooring to consider.
1. Laminate Flooring
2. Engineered Wood
3. Solid Wood
Here's the pro's and con's of each type.
Laminate Floors
  • pro= generally have the lowest price per square foot
  • pro= good variety, easy to find
  • pro= can be installed by a do-it-yourselfer
  • con= floating floor with hollow sound when walked on
  • con= generally the least durable
Engineered Wood
  • pro= combines the pros of solid wood and laminate
  • pro= multiple thicknesses and color choices
  • pro= can be installed by advanced do-it-yourselfer
  • con= glue down or nail down installation
  • con= wear surface generally 3/16" thick or less, limited refinishing tolerance
Solid Wood
  • pro= the classic wood floor that can last for decades
  • pro= thickness available from 5 1/16" to 3/4"
  • pro= thicker varieties can be refinished when needed
  • con= most expensive
  • con= generally requires professional installation via nail down or glue down
Need more information before you decide? 
Here's 3 great reference websites to check out.
  1. About Hardwood Floors.com
  2. Armstrong Hardwood Floors.com
  3. National Wood Flooring Association
 
Posted by tlangford at 10/25/2011 3:37:00 AM
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