Laminate floors can rival wood floors at a fraction of the cost
When you think laminate you probably picture the mustard yellow/puke green octagon flooring in your grandmother's house that is fading and peeling. What you might not think about is how far laminate has come in the last 50 years.
First, let's talk about style. Instead of the dreaded vomit savoir-faire, you can now choose from thousands of different colors, patterns, and designs. Styles vary from mock marble to imitation hardwoods. They look pretty realistic too. But what makes it really great is just how easy it is to care for.
In the world of interior design, flooring trends come and go, remember shag carpeting? But hardwood floors have longevity because exude elegance.
The types, styles, and designs of hardwood flooring are numerous making countless options. To help you narrow down the search here are a few of this year’s trends.
Hardwood vs Carpet installation
Taking a look at the pros and cons of installing carpet and hardwood flooring.
Two of the most popular flooring choices in Phoenix are carpet and hardwood. The benefits of wood and carpet differ. Here’s a quick breakdown to help you decide which flooring is right for your home or office.
Two Wood Floor Options To Consider Before Purchasing Real Wood Floors
The Floor Below the Floor
What is waiting to be discovered under your current floor? Do you have carpet or tile covering up a beautiful period floorboard?
From time to time, in historical areas throughout Phoenix, I’ll remove a floor to find flooring that is, in my opinion, better than the new floor that I am to install.
Sure, there is a good amount of work to be done to restore old beat up floorboards, which were likely covered up because the current homeowner didn’t want to invest the time – but in most cases, the timeless style you reap from the sweat of your brow is worth it.
G&S Top Hardwood Floor Picks
With so many choices when it comes to selecting your next hardwood floor, I wanted to feature some of my favorite wood floors. Here's my top 10 picks.
Top 10 picks (in no PARTICULAR order)
10. Distressed Wide Planks
Large plank flooring is growing in it's popularity because of its elegance and lack of cracks. You will find no lack of choices when it comes to these wide plank styles. As with anything that picks up in popularity, manufactures keep up with the demand. I recommend selecting a distressed type of wood if you going after a raw or rustic feel.
Finally, A Wood Floor for Dog Owners
Nothing can destroy the stylish look of your wood flooring like scratches throughout.
Energetic dogs can take their toll on your home’s flooring fairly quickly. Granted, there are types of standard hardwood flooring that doesn’t look as bad as others when it’s covered in scratches. But, this is a new type of hardwood, just hitting the market, can solve the age old conflict between a man’s best friend and his floors.
As a dog owner, I understand my customer's struggle when considering hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring can be a costly investment. There are many benefits when installing hardwood flooring. However, having to resurface a hardwood floor every five years is a good amount of work.
what are the BENEFITS of hardwood flooring anyways?
With such an increase in hardwood floor installation, I have been asked this question often.
Hardwood flooring is a common choice for homeowners looking to give their home a warm and inviting appearance.
Hardwood floors have become so popular that many styles have been manufactured to accommodate a specific homeowner’s tastes. This is the main driving factor for such an increase in hardwood installation.
But, what are some of the other reasons we have seen an increase in hardwood floor installation throughout the country and right here in Phoenix, AZ?
TIMELESS & ESTABLISHED
Hardwood floors are a solid investment. There is no end to the amount of upgrades that you can add to your home to increase the resell value, but not many are better than upgrading your home’s flooring to real hardwood floors.
If installed and maintained properly, your hardwood floors can last upwards of 20 years.
Anytime you can make cleaning easier it’s a huge win. Hardwood floors do just that; a quick sweep or even a moist mop will do the trick.
If you have pets, allergies or kids you may want to consider this type of flooring. Carpet is difficult to keep clean and can trap in all the bad allergens that drive you crazy.
Hardwood floors are in demand. As a result, manufactures are producing many different types of styles. This means that hardwood floors are perfect for any home, no matter the style – there is always a type of hardwood that will look good in your home.
If you change the style of your home’s interior, your hardwood floors can change with it.
That’s right, you’re not suck with the original look. Most hardwood floors have a quarter inch top layer that can be sanded down and stained. Since the top layer is so thick, you can normally do this more than once.
Since hardwood floors are in such demand, they are a nice amenity to accent a home with which will likely improve its selling power.
REASONS TO CONSIDER HARDWOOD FLOORING
by: Juan Gonzalez, Owner of Gonzalez & Sons Flooring
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Alternatives for Solid Wood Flooring
When providing flooring consultations, and reviewing options for flooring material, my customers will express their interest in solid wood flooring.
However, they are turned off by the square footage pricing. Not to mention the additional prep work needed to install real wood flooring. Most of the time, real wood flooring will require the installation of a sub-floor prior to installing.
Wood floors look great. They are the latest craze in the market - everyone has to have wood floors. I have never heard someone say they didn't absolutely love their new floors. There’s just something about it that can change then entire look of home.
Unfortunately, real wood floors are not cheap. If you’re seeking wood flooring to accent your home, you have several options.
You don’t need to go with real wood for the sold wood floor look. Especially, if you’re seeking the most cost effective solution.
Over the years, imitation wood flooring has come a long way. It used to be that fake wood floors, looked like, well, fake wood floors. Nowadays technology has advanced and the digital creation of the patterns and images used on the tile looks like real wood.
PORCELAIN WOOD TILE - COST RANGE: $1.50 TO $6.00 SQFT
I think this stuff is very good real wood flooring alternative – if it’s installed right.
One of the keys to make wood tiles look like real hardwood is not the tiles themselves – but what goes in between. (Bracho, 2015)
There is much truth to this. When it comes down to imitation tile flooring, it can really come down installation process. Craftsmanship in the grout work can deliver a real wood feel when installing tile wood-like flooring.
They manufacture this type of tile in hundreds of combinations of style, shape and color. With so many choices you’re bound to find the one just right for your home.
The best part, tile lasts a lifetime compared to many real solid wood floors. They stand up to wear and tear; not nearly as high maintenance as real wood floors. That’s one thing I think people don’t always consider when deciding to install real solid wood flooring.
This type of wood-like tile is going to be great for a bathroom as it’s water resistant.
Engineered Hardwood – Cost Range: $3.00 - $6.00 SQFT
This stuff is the closest to real wood. As a matter of fact, it is comprised of some real wood. You’ll never get that plastic-like click that you may get when installing some types of laminate flooring.
The down side is you won’t be able to refinish it like you can with real wood. It will last, but at some point through its 20 year lifetime you may be ready for different color or style.
Laminate Flooring – Cost Range $1.00 to $4.00 SQFT
Can you really use laminate flooring when trying to imitate wood? In short, yes. Like porcelain flooring, laminate has come a long way over the years. It’s easy to install and comes in almost any style you can imagine. The down side, it doesn’t feel or even sound like real wood flooring. You get that plastic clicking sound, I mentioned earlier, when walking on it.
Juan’s Quick Take on Wood Flooring Alternative Options
I assume you’re reading this because you may have searched for “real wood flooring alternatives”. Maybe you have decided not to spend the extra money, or it just won’t work in the area you're looking to have that real wood look. Whatever the reason, the first thing you want to consider is the area you will be installing your new flooring. Is there a chance that the wood can get wet? Not from a random spilled drink, but are you considering it for bathroom or laundry room? If so, you will want to go with a porcelain tile or laminate flooring.
If you’re looking for the real wood feel then engineered hardwood is likely for you. You’ll save some money on the cost of real solid wood as well as the installation.
Expensive taste, small budget? Consider a wood-like laminate flooring. It’s ideal for a rental home or even a property that you’re looking to increase resale value on.
Comparison Chart: Solid Wood Flooring vs. Laminate Flooring vs. Engineered Wood Flooring:
Gonzalez & Sons Flooring in Phoenix, AZ
Located in Avondale, AZ we are a Wood, Tile and Laminate Flooring Installer. Feel free to contact us with any questions or schedule a free consultation if you live in the Phoenix area. We are family owned and operated and I personally facilitate in-home consultations. Feel free to contact me directly at, 602-370-6603 or shoot me an email.
by: Juan F. Ruiz, Owner of Gonzalez & Sons Flooring Design, LLC
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