Since my kitchen flooded (fridge icemaker malfunction), and we had to rip up some carpet and extend our hardwood, I have had floors on the brain.
When we built this house, we used a very middle of the row builder. It is not a big fancy million dollar custom home with every upgrade you can imagine. We bought an affordable home with plenty of space, and I happen to think it is beautiful. We did wood flooring from the entry way into the kitchen and dining nook. The hallway was carpet, until the flood, and we decided to rip it up and extend the wood to the bedrooms and leave the bedrooms with carpet.
Talking to a couple of friends this week about wood floors, I realized that a lot of people are confused as to what the options for flooring are and what the benefits and downsides of each are. Some people get laminate and engineered wood mixed up, or think it is the same. So, I decided to list them for you. My husband is a woodworker and kind of an expert when it comes to woods- and definitely somewhat of a wood snob, so it KILLS HIM that we have engineered wood flooring (not to be confused with laminate- see below.) I am sure one day he will rip them out and replace them, but for now they look beautiful and are somewhat easy to maintain (except that mine are super dark- so every.single.cracker.crumb shows!)
Hardwood is gorgeous and definitely the most preferred. It varies a great deal in price, depending on the wood you choose to use. Generally, hardwood is the most expensive option. Below I have listed the pros and cons.
- It’s the real stuff and real is better, right?
- It’s gorgeous and timeless
- Adds value to your home
- It can be refinished if it gets nicks or scratches in it, you can sand it down and refinish it
- Shows wear and tear
- Has to be refinished to stay looking nice
- Can get damaged with excessive moisture
- More expensive than other options