Everyone loves the way wood flooring looks, but there are so many different options of wood floorings out there that it can get a bit overwhelming trying to decide which type to go with. Hardwood? And if so, engineered hardwood or solid? Should you choose laminate or vinyl with a wood look? And if you do, do you go with sheet vinyl or tile?
With all these options and questions, how do you choose the right wood flooring for your Bonita Springs or Naples home?
For starters, you’re going to want to take a look at your budget. Are you planning on installing the flooring yourself or do you plan to hire a professional to do the job for you? There are many wood-look flooring styles that are simple enough to install yourself with minimal experience. If you feel confident that you can handle it yourself and want to take on the job then these may be right for you.
The next thing you will need to take into consideration is the location of the flooring and the amount of traffic and wear and tear it will see in it’s lifetime. If it’s going to be in a high-traffic area of your home, then you may want to spend a little more money to ensure that you get a good quality flooring that can handle years of wear and tear.
Here are a few of the available options that you will run into when you start shopping around for flooring and the typical installation methods that go with each type:
Vinyl sheet wood flooring – Vinyl sheet flooring is one of the cheaper options you’ll find. It has a wood like appearance and uses adhesive to hold it in place. Similar to linoleum, vinyl sheet flooring is reletively simple to install and can be easily cut and pieced together to look like a solid wood pattern.
Wood Laminate – This flooring uses a lock and fold installation with tongue & groove planks that lock together to fit tightly without the need for adhesives, nails or staples. The lock and fold installation makes wood laminate flooring a quick and easy install for the do it yourself homeowner.
Vinyl Tile Flooring – Most of these types of floorings come with a peel and stick self-adhesive. They are reletively simple to install, as all that you need to do is just fit the tiles together and make sure that you keep the patterns straight.
Engineered hardwood flooring – Normally installed using staples or glue, engineered hardwood floors (while typically easier than solid hardwood) require a little more fineese and know-how and would probably be best left to a professional to install. They are a bit more expensive to install, but tend to last longer and look better than the vinyl alternatives that we have already covered.
Solid Hardwood Flooring – This type of flooring is probably the most expensive option, and the most difficult to install properly. Solid hardwood is normally attached to the subfloor with nails or staples. While it may be the most expensive option, solid hardwood floors will not only make your home look a lot nicer, but tend to increase resale value considerably as well. This is a very important aspect to consider if you have any plans of putting your home up on the Naples, FL real estate market any time soon.
Hopefully this helps you to make a better decision about the type of flooring you choose to install. Good luck and by all means send pictures of your completed projects!