What About Flooring?

There are so many choices out there it’s nearly impossible for someone to figure out what floor covering they want in their next flooring upgrade. So, we’ve worked up some short information about flooring for your use.

Hardwood Flooring

As one would imagine, hardwood flooring starts as a piece of wood that gets run through a milling machine to the specifications of the floor design.
Cherry, oak, maple, and walnut are the more popular hardwoods used for flooring. Although hardwood floors are flexible when installed, there are some drawbacks to hardwood flooring. To begin with, hardwood flooring is an expensive outlay from your flooring budget before it’s even installed. Cleaning hardwood floors is not the easiest as they require a cleaner made specifically for your hardwood floors. Topping it off, the hardwood floor will require reapplying the finish for many years.
Hardwood floors add value to your home regardless of its age and condition. You can, and must, reapply a hardwood finish at various intervals. Hardwood floors are susceptible to damage in high-traffic areas. It’s not unusual to see scratches, scraping, or even dented surfaces on hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring should never be installed in rooms subject to water spillage. Rooms such as bathrooms or your laundry room. Of course, hardwood flooring should never be considered fo ruse in a basement because of possible flood damage or even moisture damage. Larck Home Remodeling has completed many installations of hardwood flooring.

Next in our discussion about flooring – engineered wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring is the best of both worlds as it has natural wood appearance while costing a great deal less than solid wood flooring does. Engineered flooring consists of a thin coating of almost any hardwood bonded to a base layer of top-quality plywood. Engineered wood flooring can be nearly as hard-wearing as solid wood is, provided it is taken care of properly. Many people who do their flooring installations will use engineered wood flooring over hardwood, thus realizing significant savings in installation costs.

One of the attractions of engineered wood flooring is the ease of installation, which many DIY people look for in a flooring project. Engineered wood flooring, as mentioned earlier, consists of a hardwood upper layer which means it resists warping.
There are a few caveats along with the good points of engineered wood flooring: the flooring can’t be refinished more than the initial coating. Also, engineered wood flooring is not as fade resistant as hardwood flooring. That is something to keep in mind before you plan on using engineered wood flooring for your next project.
Engineered wood flooring can suffer from quality control issues. Again, one should consider before plopping down the credit card at your home improvement store. Two more points, and we’ll move on. Engineered wood flooring tends to sound hollow when you walk across it. Lastly, this is important – engineered wood flooring may emit VOCs.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring, which Larck Home Remodeling has completed many installations, is a popular flooring used in place of carpet yet avoids the high costs of hardwood flooring or tiled flooring. Similar to engineered wood flooring, laminate flooring consists of a clear plastic coating over the flooring design and is applied to a particleboard base. Laminate flooring is an excellent choice for color and textures.

Comparing the cost of laminate flooring to any wood-based flooring is a no-brainer, seeing as how laminate is less expensive than any wood counterparts. Laminate flooring is easiest to clean and relatively resistant to scratching and wear. Laminate flooring offers a more extensive selection of colors and styles over the various wood-based flooring materials.
There are drawbacks to using laminate flooring materials, one of which is the possibility of damage from moisture. Laminate flooring is pretty easy to chip and has a hollow sound when you walk across it.

Vinyl flooring is another flooring material that Larck Home Remodeling is experienced in installing for their clients. One of the vinyl flooring features makes it attractive to flooring projects, both commercial and residential. One outstanding feature of vinyl flooring is its resistance to water damage, even if subjected to direct water application to the surface for an extended time. Vinyl flooring is made from plastic and can be made in various formats such as tile flooring, plank flooring, or sheet formats.

A couple of newer forms of vinyl flooring became popular because they are more durable and offer more style. These two vinyl flooring formats are luxury vinyl tile (LVT for short) and luxury vinyl plank (LVP for short). Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) are two forms that have gained popularity recently because of their durability and the variety of styles available.
LVP and LVT vinyl flooring is best used in bathrooms, basement upgrades, kitchens, and laundry rooms. The flooring is durable water-resistant. Resists fading. Easy for the do-it-yourselfer to install, easy to maintain, and offers many choices of designs. Several drawbacks to LVP and LVT are that it costs more than laminate and purchasers of LVP and LVT and realizes a lower return-on-investment of LVP and LVT flooring over wood flooring.

LVP and LVT flooring are durable, last a long time, and are waterproof. However, LVP and LVT floors cost a great deal more. They require a lot of work in preparing the surface for the installation, which is more challenging than other flooring choices. Once installed, some have complained that LVP and LVT are cold or slippery.
Linoleum, invented by Englishman Frederick Walton in 1855, has been used in countless flooring installations worldwide. Made from linseed oil and cork, a linoleum floor is an affordable floor covering and super easy to install. Larck Home Remodeling installs linoleum flooring in many home remodeling jobs.

Linoleum’s good points are lower cost, friendly to earth’s ecology, easy for do-it-yourselfers to install, and require little maintenance. There are a few negatives about linoleum flooring: linoleum is easily cut or dented. Linoleum will turn a shade of yellow once it’s in direct sunlight for a while. It’s not recommended for areas prone to dampness or moisture in general. One noticeable negative issue regarding linoleum is that it does not increase the value of the building it is installed into.