Is hardwood flooring expensive? Usually. More importantly, what’s the perceived value vs real value? The answer to the title question is obviously relative to the reader; indeed hardwood flooring can be more expensive than many other flooring alternatives. But what it comes down to for the consumer is whether they are willing to pay a premium for the rich, beautiful tones of hardwood to grace their floors or settle for a cheaper alternative.
When looking at true hardwood flooring for your home, you have to decide on one of two options for your flooring: solid wood or engineered wood?
Solid wood floors are as advertised: one solid piece of wood through the whole plank.
Engineered wood consists of a top layer of real wood with cheaper plywood layering the bottom portion of the plank.
There are many benefits to a homeowner in opting for hardwood floors in their home. The first advantage is the beauty that hardwood brings to a home. The tones of the grain of wood selected for your flooring can match furniture and cabinetry. Wood floors are easy to maintain and clean, do not hold dust and allergens, and can be refinished multiple times rather than being replaced like carpet and other cheaper alternatives can require frequently.
But, before opting for hardwood, consumers need to consider the downside of the product before they decide if it is the right flooring for them. Hardwood is very sensitive to humidity and moisture in the home and the slightest bit of water, if left untreated, can cause damage to the wood. Because of this reason, areas where water tends to get on the floor, like bathrooms, are not recommended for hardwood. Hardwood can also be quite noisy if on an upper level of a home when walked on.
When the decision is made to go with hardwood floors in a home, many factors will come into play in determining what the final cost will be for the project. The first major impact on final cost is the type of wood that floor is made of.
Some popular options for wood include:
• Brazilian Cherry
The looks all vary significantly between the types of wood as do the costs. Consumers should take some time to shop around for the look and price that matches their needs best.
Another factor in the final cost of the flooring is the installation of the flooring. For people looking to save costs, installing on their own is always an option, with a bit of carpentry skill and the right tools.
Wolverine Flooring loves to work with customers who do their homework about wood flooring. Whether you are contemplating refinishing older floors or installing new, we can help guide, suggest options, find good value, and ultimately provide quality workmanship at an affordable price!