Upgrading Your Flooring: The Wood Look Wins Everytime

Doing some upgrades prior to putting you home on the market? If flooring is on your radar and you’re thinking that the 1980s plush kelly-green carpet in the living room isn’t so bad, think again.

If there’s a wood floor lurking underneath all your wall-to-wall, you might want to consider losing the carpet and exposing the wood. Most buyers today want wooden floors and tend to bypass houses with wall-to-wall carpet. Many realtors have a story about “that one home” snapped up by savvy buyers for a bargain, because others couldn’t see past the ugly shag. And, as always, the happy buyers ripped up the carpet to expose the boards underneath and greatly increased the value of their new property.

Boards hiding under carpeting harken back to when hardwood wasn’t trendy but wood floors were required because they improved the structural integrity of the dwelling. Carpeting over subflooring came into vogue in the ‘60s and 70’s along with new building regulations.

Over the ensuing years, hardwood floors have found favor with consumers who prefer the fresh, uncluttered look a wood floor delivers. And it is definitely the cleaner option; carpets trap allergens and odors, pet hair and dander. While tile floors are hard and unyielding, wood is softer and because of this, standing on wood for long periods is kinder to the feet, legs and back.

As a home seller, a wood floor adds value and sales appeal to your property and if you’re a buyer, you’re getting good looks and value, combined. The classic look of hardwood warms up a room and lasts for just about forever.

Whether you’ve chosen to go for the style of a wood floor in a new build or switch out an old floor for a more modern look, there are plenty of options at price points across the spectrum. An upside of using solid hardwood floors is the possibility of refinishing several times, whereas man-made flooring isn’t so accommodating.

Although solid hardwood is the luxury solution, it doesn’t always suit every situation. Kitchen and entryways take heavy foot traffic, while bedrooms, home offices, and craft rooms get less wear and tear. High traffic areas would suit hardwood or engineered wood options but for some high humidity situations, such as basements, engineered wood is a better option, as it’s more stable.

An engineered wood floor combines several layers of wood ending with a top layer of hardwood veneer. The result is so close to hardwood planks that even a trained eye has trouble spotting the difference.

If you don’t want to make the big investment of solid hardwood or even engineered wood and are in need of a quick fix, an economic solution would be laminate. This isn’t wood at all, it just looks like it but laminate may be the answer for those looking for short-term flooring solutions. If you are putting your home on the market and don’t want an extreme outlay or need to update only one room now, laminate can be a good temporary solution.

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