Consumers have choices when they decide what kind of flooring to install in their home. In order to best diagnose the right decision for you, below is some information on the three basic floor options that you can select.
Laminate Wood Flooring
Laminate flooring is likely the cheapest flooring option. That is due to material quality and the cheapest install cost – it connects through a click and lock system. Laminate flooring can be used on any level of the house including the basement. It is pet friendly, sturdy and doesn’t scratch as easily as the other options. However, it is prone to water damage in moist areas.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring is the middle of the road option in terms of price. The design fixes a layer of pressed plywood underneath a top consisting of real wood. This product can be placed on the first and second floors of a home with a nail-down or floating installation. For those wanting engineered hardwood in the basement, it can be installed over concrete by a glue-down method. Engineered hardwood floors tend to be more resilient and scratch-resistant than real wood.
Real Hardwood Flooring
The most expensive of all of the options, real hardwood floors can be installed under normal conditions on the first or second floors of a home. Real hardwood floors can be put in basements as long as there is a wood subfloor to support. The real treatment provides customers with the most authentic look and feel and for those who have the budget, is often the preferred route. Real hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished to give the desired color and pattern to match the consumer’s desire. Real hardwood is usually the longest-lasting option but they are susceptible to dings and scratching as time passes.