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Hardwood Floors – What You Need to Know

08.25.16

Hardwood Floors - What You Need to Know

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Flooring…. It’s such a loaded topic.  Have you experienced new floors (having them installed or installing them yourself?)  We have been renting for the past 3 years and hope to buy a house soon, and I’m really looking forward to (depending on the state of the floors in the new hours) shopping around for flooring options that are a good fit for us.

Hardwood, carpet, vinyl, laminate, tile & stone – they’re the foundation to any space and can totally make or break a room.  There are so many great options out there, but I think we can agree that most people are drawn to hardwoods.  Hardwood floors can make a space feel anywhere from refined and classic to rustic and cozy.

Some inspiration shots I had pinned that show a wide range of hardwood styles –

Hardwood Floors - What You Need to Know Creative Homebody

Hardwood Floors - What You Need to Know

House of Turquoise

Hardwood Floors - What You Need to Know

Bjorn Wallander

Hardwood Floors - What You Need to Know

Zillow

Hardwood Floors - What You Need to Know

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Hardwood Floors – What You Need to Know :

Current subfloor

Is your current subfloor concrete or plywood?

Instillation Method

Floating: Possibly the best option for DIY as no nails, glue, staples etc. are involved.

Glue: self-explanatory – spread glue and set planks.

Nail: Drive a nail through hardwood into the wood subfloor.

Lifestyle

Do you have kids? Pets? How many people live in the home?  Is the area high-traffic?  If so, you might want to go with a harder (vs. soft) option.

Style

What style do you want the hardwood floors to emulate?  A smooth texture will have a sleek and modern vibe while a heavy scraped or distressed hardwood will have a rustic feel.  A smooth floor is less forgiving of dents and is well suited for modern, clean home.  Scraped or brushed floors already have added texture which means that extra marks and scuffs won’t show in high traffic-places

Solid vs. Engineered

A solid hardwood will expand more when exposed to moisture (not ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms).  Solid hardwood can also only be installed over plywood subfloors (not ideal for apartments, basements)

Engineered hardwood are planks with a thin top layer bonded to other layers.  They are designed to keep the floor from expanding due to moisture and can be applied to plywood or concrete.

Get the Look with Shaw Floors:

Hardwood Floors - What You Need to Know

Left image source: Creative Homebody | Right hardwood: Parker Pointe

*This space actually has wood tile, but clearly that wood tile is doing its job of mimicking hardwoods!

Hardwood Floors - What You Need to Know

Left image source :Zillow | Right Hardwod: Spinnaker

Hardwood Floors - What You Need to Know

Left image soure: Bjorn Wallander | Right hardwood: Davenport

Hardwood Floors - What You Need to Know

Left image source: Zillow | Right hardwood: Canyon Cliffs

Hardwood Floors - What You Need to Know

Left image source: Room for Tuesday |  Timber Gap

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shaw Floors. The opinions and text are all mine.

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