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Choosing The Right Flooring For Your Needs

Almost all of the remodel projects that we bid and work on have something to do with flooring. “How do I choose the best flooring” is one of the most common questions we hear. When choosing between the main options of hardwood, laminate, and wood-look tile planks, there are many factors that affect the decision making process.

An expert in the field is Rafal from Olympic Hardwood Flooring, and he has given us some insight into the pros and cons of wood versus laminate. The first priority to consider is budget. Laminate flooring is the most economical to purchase and to install. Rafal agrees, “Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. The image of hardwood is then placed over the composite wood, covering it to form the laminate. Not only are the materials themselves cheaper, but laminate flooring installation costs are on average 25-35% less than hardwood installation.”

Real hardwood flooring has a special warmth and richness. It can be re-finished and re-stained throughout the long life of the floor. Hardwood is susceptible to staining from pets and water stains. There are many hardwood floor options, from difference species of wood to real veneer or even reclaimed wood from old buildings.

Other options for a wood-look floor is wood grain ceramic tile plank. Tile planks offer a wide variety of color and size choices. The benefit of tile over wood planks is its durability and ability to withstand wear and moisture. In the last few years, the choices of tile planks has greatly expanded to include longer planks, textures, and colors.

Overall if looking for new flooring, PhD Homes can help you determine the best floor option for your home. Thank you for your continued support and feel free to call me with any questions you may have!

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