One of our favorite parts in construction is when the flooring goes into the home. This is the first glimpse of all the design elements together in the house and the project really starts to look like a home. There are so many variables for home owners to consider when choosing the flooring for their home. Individual lifestyles, comfort expectations, durability, environmental impact, aesthetics….all of this and more should be thought through before a flooring surface is chosen. In the interest of brevity, let’s talk about just a few options.

Most popular in our homes are either solid hardwood or engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood flooring is traditional in homes and dates back to the early days of construction. Many historic homes have the original solid hardwood floors still intact. Solid hardwood floors come in two versions, prefinished and unfinished. The prefinished version offers a beautiful finish, up to a 15 year warranty and typically has lower moisture content than unfinished solid hardwood flooring. This reduces the amount of expansion and contraction. Unfinished solid hardwood floors are popular in custom applications. The flooring is sanded and stained on site after all the other subcontractors are finished. There are variables in this process based on the finisher and the warranty is about a year.

For the environmentally conscience, bamboo and cork are nice options to consider. Bamboo is considered a sustainable product because of the fast growth rate. It is affordable, durable, and low maintenance. Bamboo flooring comes with warranties up to 25 years and is available in both a solid and engineered version. Cork flooring is produced by harvesting the bark from trees. It is available in many different looks and is considered low maintenance and durable.

We just covered a few today, but the list goes on and on. (Carpet, tile, Marmoleum, laminate, vinyl, concrete, etc.). We wish it was as easy as saying “This is the best and only option. Go for it!”, but every home and owner comes with different needs. We take the time to get to know our clients and their lifestyles so that we can direct them to the best options that fit them individually. We partner with experienced professionals to assist our clients in making an educated decision that is right for them.

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