You have a variety of options when choosing a floor. Hardwood, laminate, carpet, and tile are the most popular, but how do you choose between them? Let’s take a look at a few of the qualities of each.
Hardwood floors are made of 100% wood and hardwood has a beautiful and timeless look. It is long-lasting and durable, and when well-maintained, hardwood has a better resale value than laminate. Hardwood is very impact resistant, though it is always more expensive than laminate wood floors and takes longer to install. Depending on the type of wood chosen, it can be also very eco-friendly.
Laminate floors are made of fiberboard covered by a visible designed layer, to mimic the look of wood or stone, and a transparent layer for wear. Like hardwood, it is has a classic look. It is softer than hardwood and it is better for homes with pets, because the wear layer is more scratch resistant than hardwood. Laminate floor is less expensive than hardwood and cheaper to install. Laminate lasts about 10 years.
Carpeting comes in a variety of styles: from short pile to plush. It is easier and less expensive to install, as well as less expensive to maintain and repair. However, cleaning beyond basic vacuuming usually requires a professional. Carpeting is simple and gives you a variety of options, and adds a warm coziness to the interior design. However, some consumers may consider carpeting to be a dated look.
Tile floors come in a variety of options, including ceramic, terra cotta, stone, granite, and marble. Tile floors are very durable and are great for high trafficked kitchen and bathroom areas. Tile is simple to clean and might be the best option for pet-owners—easier to clean than carpeting, less slippery for pets than laminate, and easier to maintain than hardwood. It can also give your home a more unique style. Another advantage of tile is that it can be very eco-friendly.
No matter what flooring type you choose, Flooring Headquarters is your local resource for all your flooring needs. Whether in Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs, Casselberry, Longwood, or anywhere in Central Florida, we help you get the floor you need.
The American Craftsman style of home exemplifies handcrafted quality and locally sourced, natural materials. Starting at the end of the 19th century, the Craftsman style showed the rise of the middle class, moving away from the vast and opulatant Victorian styles, and embracing a downsized informal bungalow. Inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement, it was truly a return to simplicity and nature, keep that in mind when replacing or restoring the floors in your Craftsman.
Wood flooring is a must in Craftsman style homes, and reclaimed wood is generally your best bet. However, sometimes that isn’t an option, so the next best choice is something American and sustainable; a flooring the blends in with the trim details. Oak or a softer pine are both stylistically accurate, and there’s some flexibility with the width as well. Hand scraped flooring adds to the charm, but keep the stain color in a medium tone. Both our Cobble Hill Hickory Nutmeg, or this Meritage Longwood Natural Red Oak are excellent choices.
Laminate flooring is a great flooring option for a Craftsman home because it offers a similar look to hardwood or vinyl plank but at a much more economical price. If the house is large or the flooring needs to be durable and scratch resistant, laminate will work perfectly. It’s a product that comes in a myriad of finishes and stains, so finding one to compliment a Craftsman is an easy task. Take, for example, CB-6072 Maple Tawny or the rich Elements Saratoga Pine.
CB-6072 Maple Tawny
Elements Saratoga Pine
While the backbone of the Craftsman style often begins with the wooden floors, there are multiple rooms where tile is a smarter flooring choice. For the bathrooms, the kitchen, the entry foyer, and other small rooms, there are plenty of great Craftsman style tiles available. Bear in mind, a natural stone with muted earth tones would have been quite popular in an early 20th century Craftsman. Nowadays, however, there are tiles that look like wood planks meant to make the transition into the kitchen more seamless. Check out this Berkshire Hickory Porcelain tile if the goal is a hardwood look throughout. For bathroom floors, a mosaic tile with a traditional basket or diamond pattern would suit the home nicely as well.
Berkshire Hickory Porcelain Tile
Natural colors and materials shaped by local builders, combined for a modest, yet beautiful middle class home called a Craftsman. When renovating or restoring your own, remember to honor nature and the neighborhood in your design choices, and if you have any flooring questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask us!
We do many things with our health in mind, but selecting flooring is usually not one of them. Failing to think of health when choosing new flooring could be a mistake, however, as floors can be around for years to come and can impact the health of you and your family members in many ways. In fact, deciding to replace your floors may just help to improve your health starting right away.
Improve Cleanliness and Minimize Germs
Old flooring can harbor dirt, mold, germs, and debris. Replacing old flooring can remove these volatile substances from your home and the air that you and your family breathe.
Upgrading from carpet to laminate, tile, or hardwood flooring can help you to keep your home cleaner and minimize the amount of dirt and debris that remains trapped in the flooring. The type of flooring that works best may vary depending on the room that it will be used in and the regular activity within the home, with tile often being preferred for rooms or homes where the floors will be regularly exposed to moisture.
Reduce Airborne Chemical Exposure
Older flooring was often manufactured using toxic chemicals that continuously emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Replacing older flooring with new solutions gives you the opportunity to find flooring with low VOC emissions. There are a variety of options, including many different types of hardwood, vinyl tile and sheet, laminate, and linoleum that have been qualified as low emission flooring.
Provide Support and Cushion for Feet and Legs
Flooring can be hard on the feet, ankles, knees, and legs if there isn’t a lot of give. Fortunately, installing new floors allows you to choose flooring that will be nice to your feet and legs:
Carpet is the softest flooring type, it gives when you walk on it, so it shocks your body the least
Cork flooring is soft, spongy, and warm
Vinyl tile or sheet is thin and can be installed over thick, soft underlayment
Rubber flooring is springy and comfortable
Padded linoleum flooring is plush and soft
Laminate flooring can be installed over soft, high quality underlayment
Taking the time to figure out which flooring type will be best based on your health needs and concerns can provide you with benefits far into the future. If you’re unsure which option will be best for your home, speak to the professionals at your Altamonte Springs flooring store. They will be able to help direct you toward the healthiest flooring picks, while still considering your style preferences and budget.
Stop by Flooring Headquarters today to browse your flooring options, or call 407-262-7979 to ask about our health friendly flooring options.
Wood flooring looks beautiful and is a desirable flooring option for many homes. The warm hues and gorgeous grains can add class and a certain timelessness to a room. Both hardwood and laminate can help to achieve this look, but each has pros and cons that should be considered with your specific situation and needs in mind.
Laminate Costs Less
Laminate is generally much less costly than hardwood, which can make it easier to fit into a tight budget. If you’re selling a home and need to redo the floors, laminate can add curb appeal quickly and inexpensively. However, laminate will typically not raise the home value, whereas hardwood may.
Hardwood Lasts Longer
Some types of hardwood flooring can last a lifetime, needing only periodic sanding and staining to stay looking beautiful. Laminate, on the other hand, generally needs to be replaced every few years when the plastic sealant becomes scratched or scuffed. Durability may vary depending on the specific brand and type of laminate or hardwood, the traffic through the area, and how well the floor is cared for, however.
Hardwood Is Eco-Friendly
Hardwood floors are typically organic and may even be crafted from reclaimed wood, a benefit to the environment. Laminate floors are created from bonding composite materials and resins at high temperatures, so these floors are not organic or eco-friendly. Additionally, some laminate floors release volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, into the air. This may aggravate respiratory conditions in sensitive individuals.
Laminate Is Easier to Install
Laminate flooring is relatively simple to install, whereas hardwood is a little more complex and takes a bit of skill. Many homeowners that decide to go with hardwood pay to have professionals install the flooring, whereas laminate is typically a DIY project. With the right materials and planning, laminate can be installed with attractive results in just a few hours.
Laminate Is Softer Than Hardwood
Laminate is a “floating floor” that’s installed on top of a layer of underlayment. The underlayment and the laminate itself result in a floor with more “give” that’s easier on the feet and ankles. Hardwood floor is harder and doesn’t have the same amount of “give,” so it can be tougher on the feet and ankles if it’s placed in areas where people will stand for long periods of time.
Which Should You Choose?
As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to each hardwood and laminate. Consider your budget, how long you want the floors to last, whether you‘re concerned with eco-friendliness, and how the floors are generally used in the areas that you will be installing the flooring. If you can’t decide between the two flooring types, consult your Longwood laminate flooring experts for more details on specific flooring types and prices.
Hardwood floors are known as a timeless pick that will last a long time and fit with nearly any type of décor. Hardwood floors hold their value because they can be sanded, stained, and refinished many times before they need to be replaced. If you’re thinking about purchasing hardwood floors, though, you may be wondering how tough installation will be.
Selecting the Flooring
Hardwood flooring is made from natural wood, so the coloration and patterning may vary slightly throughout the flooring. Be sure to consider this and pick a flooring style that won’t clash with your other furnishings and colors if it’s slightly different in some spots. Look through the wood planks before beginning installation so that you can vary the flooring in a way that won’t look patchy.
Prepare Subfloors and Wood
Subfloors must be structurally sound and level, which may take some time if other flooring must be removed first. The floors must also be cleaned thoroughly before installation begins. If preparations must be made, this time can also be used to allow the hardwood to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the home by bringing it in.
Lay Down Tarpaper
After the subfloor has been leveled and cleaned, it’s a good idea to lay tar paper down. This underlayment is easy to work with and can be nailed in place with a staple gun. Tar paper will protect the hardwood floors from moisture and act as a barrier between the hardwood and the subfloors.
Lay the First Row
The first row of hardwood planks should be placed against the starting wall with spacers between the plank and the wall to allow for heat expansion. These planks can be face nailed to the floor because the baseboards will cover them. The tongue side should face the center of the room.
Nail the Next Rows by Hand
After the first row has been installed, the next few rows should be blind nailed by hand. This technique conceals a nail by putting it through the tongue and then using the groove of the next plank to cover it. It’s important that the nail be driven slightly below the wood so that it doesn’t interfere with the joint. It’s also important to make sure that the length of the wood is varied between rows so that the flooring will not come up.
Use a Flooring Nailer
If the floor covers a large area, use a flooring nailer to move quickly through the next few rows of flooring. Use the same blind nail technique as you move through the planks and use a mallet to tighten the new rows before nailing. Be sure to continue alternating the lengths of the boards so that no two boards line up.
Add the Finishing Touches
For the last row of planks, use a block and pry bar to insert the boards firmly. Place glue on the groove of the boards to hold them in place and face nail the other edge to the floor. Trim tar paper as needed and install baseboards to cover up the expansion gaps and face nails.
If you are considering installing hardwood floors in your home, call your Longwood flooring professionals today to find your best deals and begin searching for your perfect flooring.
Hardwood flooring is a diverse, timeless investment that homeowners have used in their interior design for ages. With all the variety out there, choosing the best one for you can seem a little daunting. Not to fret! Flooring Headquarters, a Longwood hardwood flooring company is here with some quick tips to help you as you look for wooden floors that suit your taste.
What’s the Finish?
Wooden floors come either ‘finished,’ meaning they’ve already been sanded and sealed, or ‘unfinished,’ meaning they still need to go through a process before installment. Both are great options but the selection depends on how much effort you want to put into your floors.
Unfinished wood is ideal for people looking to customize their home. Areas where water may be more prevalent like the kitchen of laundry lend themselves well for unfinished hardwood. This is because the onsite sanding and sealing process prevents water from seeping through the cracks of the floor, which can cause major damage to your home.
Finished (also called prefinished) wood flooring is, you guessed it, ready to install right away. There is little more do to than simply placing it and adhering it to the ground. Though it may be a little pricier than unfinished wood, this kind is great for homeowners looking for a quick, easy installation process.
Engineered vs. Solid
Solid hardwood flooring is thick and durable. It can be sanded and refinished several times before it’s unusable. This makes it great for people who like to change up their homes every so often. Just be mindful that water and humidity are catalysts for solid floors to warp so keep an eye on how much moisture is in the air at home.
Engineered flooring is basically a slab of nice wood placed on top of layers of lower-grade wood (think plywood). This is a more eco-friendly option and it lasts quite some time. The downside is that refinishing this type is nearly impossible so, be sure that you’re in it for the long run if you choose engineered wood.
Types of Wood
Nowadays there’s such a vast variety of hardwood flooring that choosing which species becomes something of a debacle. What it boils down to is budget and taste. The most common and available types of wood are maple, oak and cheery flooring. Then, there’s the pricier walnut and mahogany – and the list goes on. Generally, the more exotic the wood, the more expensive it is.
If you have budgetary constrains, visiting a salvage yard and looking for reusable hardwood might be right up your alley. In fact, so many people do this that many yards have waiting lists for clients who are looking to save a chunk of change while they’re designing their homes. Often, the quality and quantity are high, making this a little treasure trove.
Whether you’re looking to remodel or start from scratch, hardwood floors bring an air of warmth and sophistication to your home. Just be mindful of pricing and how much work you’re willing to do and you’re off on the right foot!
For all of your wood-related woes, know there’s a local Longwood hardwood flooring company ready to help. We specialize in all different types of home flooring so you can enjoy your home at ease.
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