Wood flooring also adds value to your home. Not only does it add visual appeal should you put your home on the market, it also offers potential buyers flexibility. That’s because wood flooring can be enjoyed as it is, or can be covered with carpet. Nearly every home shopper has peeked under the carpet around a heating register to “see what’s under there” as they look for a hidden wood floor. And if you already have wood flooring in a room or throughout your house, you have some immediate options.
Bring Existing Wood Flooring Back to Life
Maybe your home has wood flooring under the carpeting. Maybe your wood floors are worn out or have a dated look and finish.
The good news is that in most cases, wood floors can be repaired and refinished. Skilled craftsmen can remove and replace sections of damaged wood. They can also sand down the floor, leveling it and removing the existing stain and finish. Seeing the finish sanded off a tired looking wood floor and the unfinished wood exposed can be stunning. It also can give the homeowner the opportunity to choose a new color stain for the flooring, or simply have the floor refinished with a clear protective finish product. These new finishes not only have a clean, rich appearance, they also have outstanding protective qualities, offering years of “like new” appearance.
New Wood Flooring Offers an Amazing Array of Options
Should you decide to install new wood flooring you’ll be stunned by the wide range of available looks, colors and finishes. Traditional looks such as oak, maple and cherry are available in various board widths. The options expand constantly, with ash bamboo, extremely durable tiger wood and many other species of wood now available.
These woods can be purchased prefinished or in unfinished form, allowing you to choose the stain and color. In addition, wood flooring is available in a multitude of planking widths, and textures, with lightly grooved hand scraped wood texture having become increasingly popular in recent years. Of course, wood flooring is also available in a parquet form, which gives the flooring a classic, checkerboard pattern.
Laminates Offer More Options
Laminated – sometimes referred to as “engineered” – flooring has become increasingly popular since the 1990s. These products, which are made using several plies of materials with a printed veneer of simulated wood, can be extremely durable, economical and relatively quick to install. They also come in a staggering array of looks and textures. One downside to laminates is that they cannot be refinished. Another is that laminated floor “floats” on that subfloor, which means the flooring is not nailed to the subfloor. As a result, it can expand and contract, so it’s not always an ideal choice for large rooms or long hallways.
Laminated flooring made with vinyl-based materials is also available and is basically waterproof, making vinyl laminates and ideal solution for bathrooms and kitchens.
Get the Right Look, Installed the Right Way
With so many options it’s easy for a homeowner to be overwhelmed when it comes time to make decisions on existing wood flooring or on replacement flooring. Working with an experienced construction company means you’ll have a better understanding of all options and make a better decision for your situation. And it’s important to remember that a professional installation, with even the smallest details perfectly executed, can make all the difference in the end result. Agape Construction’s designers can help you make the right choice for your home. Our craftsmen can install or update your flooring flawlessly, giving your home the look of your dreams. Contact Agape Construction today for a complimentary consultation on your flooring project.