A Few Things You Should Know Before Upgrading Or Purchasing A Home With Wood Floors

Dated: 03/31/2016

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I became a huge fan of wood flooring after taking a carpet cleaning course a few years ago. During that course, I learned that carpet actually looks clean until it has absorbed about seven times it’s weight in dirt!  Yeah, that was a shocker - a disgusting one! 

In this post, we’ll look at characteristics of the three most common types of wood flooring - laminate, engineered, and solid wood. Lets dive in.


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Laminate Flooring is essentially a hard density fiber. It is extremely lightweight and very durable. This is a great option if you have pets or rambunctious children :). It’s also very cost-effective if you’re on a tight budget. There are some laminate haters out there (you know who you are!) that can’t get past the idea of using “fake wood” flooring.  However, the durability and price make it an attractive alternative to the real thing. There are many styles and degrees of quality, so if you’re in the market for new flooring, laminate is certainly worth checking out.


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Engineered Hardwood

This type of flooring consists of a hard density fiber with real wood veneer on top. Engineered hardwoods have become increasingly popular lately and for good reasons. Since the top is real wood, this flooring is virtually undetectable from solid wood flooring. The laminate bottom also makes laminate flooring more during and stable than real wood flooring. The price point typically falls somewhere in between laminate and real hardwood. As with laminate and hardwood, engineered flooring also has the click and lock system making DIY installation a breeze (for most!). 


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Modern hardwood flooring is much different than the kind you may recall during your childhood days when visiting Aunt Mildred’s house. Many brands now have the click and lock edges making installation a breeze. Yes, real hardwood flooring is beautiful, but if you have pets with sharp claws or a husband who often tromps through the house in his work boots, be prepared to refinish them every few years if you plan to keep them looking new.  Of course, some people love the worn, distressed look.  Installing hardwood floors will increase the value of your home which makes this option a no-brainer for some homeowners.


In closing, there’s no right or wrong choice. it’s really just up to your taste and budget. Whether your thinking about upgrading your home with wood flooring or purchasing a home with it already installed, I hope this information has been helpful. 


By the way, if you’re interested in looking at homes for sale in Johnson City TN area that have wood flooring, I’ve created a custom search just for you! Click here now to see it.

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Rayne Price

Holding a BS in Environmental Science, and MA in Education, real estate was not Shields Team Buyer Specialist Rayne Price's first career choice. It was only after encouragement from his wife and a cl....

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