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How To Increase Your Home’s Equity with Engineered Hardwood Floors

Real estate agencies have noticed that the majority of homebuyers are on the prowl for hardwood flooring. Not only are homes with this type of flooring selling faster, but they are selling for more as well. The sheer longevity and ease of maintenance that comes with hardwood flooring only serves to make its timeless aesthetic even more attractive. As such, hardwood flooring of all sorts can be a fantastic long-term investment that will increase the price of your home. If you are interested, the following covers some advice for those who want to install new flooring or refinish their old flooring.

What Are My Options?

When it comes to hardwood, there are two major types of flooring that tend to dominate the market: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. While some prefer solid hardwood for being one genuine hardwood species all the way through, many others are starting to notice the advantages of going the engineering route. Since engineered hardwood flooring only has genuine hardwood on the surface layer, you get the beautiful appearance of real hardwood without all of the downsides of having a hardwood base. This means that, unlike solid hardwood, engineered hardwood can be installed below grade and in areas with higher moisture content (i.e. basements or kitchens). As such, the engineered option is more viable over a concrete subfloor due to its ability to resist water; it won’t expand or warp over time like solid hardwood. Despite not being as thoroughly genuine, engineered hardwood’s appearance, versatility, and lower price of admission make it a great alternative.

Environmentally-Friendly Hardwood

Though it is more a matter of personal preference, being eco-friendly when buying your new hardwood flooring is possible. A Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification stamp is present on many of the flooring solutions on the market today. This council ensures that the product does not harm the environment when it is being processed, and they also make certain that tree populations are not suffering as a result. While it is more a matter of principle, going the green route is beneficial for the environment and will motivate the flooring market at large to become more eco-friendly in the future.

Price Calculations

When purchasing hardwood flooring, there are numerous factors to consider. The initial cost will end up being much more than it first appears after the cost of installation, applicable fees, and taxes. If you are looking into having an underlayment of some sort, this will also hike up the price. Those that wish to add new baseboard or refinish their old ones will pay even more. Don’t let this discourage you though; just keep in mind that the relatively cheap “per square foot” cost you see at the store is not truly reflective of what you will be paying for the final product. When looking to save money and speed up the installation process, engineered hardwood is always a good idea. It is prefinished and the floorboards are designed to connect, so this will drastically reduce the time and money you spend installing it. As for refinishing, remember that engineered hardwood, though usually capable of being sanded down, can only be refinished a few times due to its thin veneer (i.e. outer layer).

Need more information on hardwood flooring installation and refinishing? Contact a flooring company for in-depth advice, estimates, and product catalogues. They will be able to ensure that your flooring endeavours pan out the way you want them to!

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