Learn more about your flooring options
Why remodel your flooring?
- Add value to the house before selling it.
- Improve air quality (instead of carpet, for example).
- Versatile way to change things up.
- New floors can create more openness.
- New floors can make space useable
- Good investment – will last for years.
REPLACE OR REPAIR MY FLOORS?
If your floors aren’t made of strand woven bamboo or hardwood, most damage done to them will require a replacement. Flooring like laminate often cannot be repaired at all. You can try hiding scratches with a stain pen, but once laminate has been gouged or scratched, it’s hard to hide.
If the floors are hardwood and have been damaged by sewage, you’re going to need to replace the flooring in this scenario as well. Finally, you should consider replacing your floor if you want the look of wider planks (very popular now!), or if the cost of a new floor is comparable to the refinishing cost.
WHAT ARE LAMINATE FLOORS?
Laminate Flooring has several benefits most notably the affordability. It is one of the most cost-effective flooring options available on the market today. It's also easy to have installed. This means that you don't need to wait around for days or weeks for the installation process to be finished. It is easy to maintain, meaning that a simple sweeping or moping of the floor is all that is needed to keep the floor looking great for years, even in a commercial environment. This means that it is much easier to care for than hardwood flooring, which will eventually need to be refinished.
Versatile, tons of design options – simulates the look of dozens of different natural hardwood materials
Easy to maintain and care for
Advanced flooring technology makes laminate floors very durable
SHOULD I INSTALL VINYL?
Vinyl is the cheapest flooring material available. This is due mainly to the low cost of manufacturing it, not that it the poorest quality flooring material.
Colors, Style, & Texture
Want the look of exotic hardwoods, marble floors, tile? You can achieve the look without the cost with vinyl. Of course you still know your secret, but your guests won’t be able to tell the difference.
Vinyl, like tile, is very easy to clean. In addition, as vinyl flooring installation typically results in less seams than other flooring types, bacteria, mold, and other biological hazards have less places to live.
Heavily durable, vinyl is perfect for high traffic areas. The only risk with vinyl is gouging. And if you happen to damage a section of vinyl, you can have the tile or plank replaced. The only exception to that is sheet vinyl, which is typically harder to repair.
SOLID WOOD FLOORING OR ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORING?
Solid wood flooring comes in long planks, usually made of hardwood species. It is milled with tongues and grooves on opposite edges so that the boards interlock when installed. It is always nailed down to the subfloor, a process that requires some skill. Because it is solid wood, this flooring can be sanded down and refinished several times over its life.
Engineered wood flooring looks very much like solid hardwood, but its construction features a relatively thin layer of hardwood bonded over a premium-quality plywood layer that gives the flooring very good stability. A good-quality engineered wood floor typically lasts 25 to 30 years, and it is both less expensive and easier for DIYers to install.