If you are fortunate enough to have a little bit of money set aside, now is the time of year to spend it. Indeed, a nice summer holiday could be the perfect purchase for your rainy day fund. However, if you’re not interested in getting away then maybe a little bit of home renovation is more up your street?
Redecorating your home can be a very exciting and satisfying endeavour, and summer is perfect time to do it as you have plenty of long evenings to make the most of. Even a few select adjustments or additions can transform the overall look of your home enormously when they are done well. However, rather than splashing out your cash on a new living room suite, luxurious kitchen or decadent bathroom, why not choose to have solid wood flooring installed instead?
After all, floors are one of the most immediately identifiable features of any property so having them fashioned from gloriously beautiful natural wood will make a massive difference to your home. Certainly, they will bring a warmth, character and charm to your rooms that other flooring solutions simply cannot match.
Natural wood floors are unequalled in being able to create a traditional and classic look. Indeed, the ability with which wooden floors can lend themselves so well to all types of decor and compliment practically everything will ensure that any and all of your rooms will look absolutely fantastic.
In addition to looking fantastic, solid wood floors can also provide your home with several other benefits too.
Chief amongst these benefits is the fact that wooden floors can add more value to your home. Naturally, this can be of great importance, especially with the current housing market still being less than favourable for sellers. Potential buyers often look for a ‘wow’ factor when they look around a home and having a solid wood floor will ensure that your home has it in spades.
Another significant benefit is that wooden floors offer a longevity that most other floor types can only dream of. This is because wooden floors are incredibly resistant to daily wear and tear, and are far more durable and longer lasting than any other flooring solutions.
Furthermore, natural wood is also far easier to clean than carpet, so you don’t need to think about investing in a large rug every time a drink or plate of food gets spilled. In fact, there are very few cleaning incidents that cannot be handled with a quick once over with the mop or vacuum cleaner.
And, as if all that wasn’t enough, wooden floors with under-floor heating can also help to ensure you stay nice and snug in the winter!
With so many plentiful advantages and great deals available, it is clear to see that wooden flooring really is the perfect renovation option for your rainy day investment fund.
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If you are looking for a natural-looking flooring option that is significantly cheaper to buy than a solid or engineered floor then look no further than laminates.
As well as being relatively inexpensive, laminate floors are also easy-to-install and look very attractive. Indeed, today’s wood-look laminates are a long way from the synthetic-looking options that were doing the rounds a decade or so ago. In fact, modern laminate floors use exotic woods and unique finishes that are able to provide bevelled edges, unusual wood grains, realistically distressed surfaces and colours which can range from near-white to deep brown.
Like most other flooring solutions, the cost of a laminate floor varies with style and quality. In general, laminate floors typically cost around a third or sometimes even half the price of natural wood floors. Direct-pressure laminates (DPL) are suitable for most domestic settings and cost less to buy than high-pressure laminates (HPL). The cost of any underlay needed to cover sub-floors will also vary depending on the actual surface that needs to be covered.
Perhaps the most significant factor regarding cost comes from installation. Indeed, whilst you might not feel overly confident about installing solid wood flooring by yourself, your DIY skills could probably handle the relatively straightforward process of installing a laminate floor. Naturally, this can save you considerable amounts of money as it absolves you of the need to fork out extra cash on professional fitting services.
Today’s modern laminates allow you to easily fit and upgrade your floors by yourself. Indeed, most laminate planks have tongue-and-groove edges on all four sides so they can easily be snapped into place. Some laminates are designed to be installed with a specially formulated glue to lock the planks together and have pre-glued edges for extra water resistance.
Many laminate floors can also ‘float’ above existing surfaces without being attached to the old floor. In fact, modern laminates can be installed directly over any old floor that is made of tile, vinyl, wood and concrete. Carpet however is a different matter. If you want to lay laminate in a room where carpet is present, you will first need to remove the carpet and pads before you can install your new laminate floor.
If you do decide to opt for a laminate floor, you will soon find yourself spoilt for choice. Rich, dark wood tones are very popular at the moment as they are able to add a great deal of warmth to practically any decor. Faux versions of exotic African, Asian and South American woods, such as teak and merbau have also become favoured choices recently.
Regardless of whether your preferences lean more toward fashionable flooring solutions or to more obscure options, you can rest assured that you will be able to find a laminate that will be attractive, cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
So, if you’re after an inexpensive and attractive alternative to natural wood floors, look no further than laminate.
Solid wood floors are a wonderful addition to any home. Indeed, a well-made and correctly-installed natural wood floor will add warmth, character and charm to your interiors as well as value to your property as a whole.
However, solid wood flooring is generally the most expensive flooring option to buy and also has certain limitations. It is perhaps because of these reasons that engineered wooden floors have become so popular in recent years.
Engineered floors were originally developed for use on the ground floors of homes that have concrete bases. However, the advancements made in engineered wood flooring technology over the last two decades have made it possible to use engineered solutions just about anywhere, including places where you’d expect to find solid wood floors.
Despite the fact that both solid wood and engineered wooden floors are able to bring the look of natural wood into a home, they are in fact very different products. Indeed, there are different situations when one would work better than the other.
However, this article will concentrate on the benefits which engineered flooring solutions can provide.
As well as being less expensive to buy, engineered wood floors tend to be easier to install than solid wood floors. In addition, engineered wood floors are significantly more resistant to moisture than wooden floors and also tend to be more stable. The key to this increased stability and moisture tolerance comes from how an engineered wood floor is made.
High-quality engineered wood flooring is generally manufactured in thicknesses that range from around 1cm to 2cm. The top layer is a veneer of natural wood – the thicker that veneer is, the more expensive the floor will be to buy. When this top veneer is very thin (0.6mm or less), the resulting floor cannot be refinished; however, when the top veneer is between 2mm and 6mm, it can be refinished several times over. The layers underneath the veneer are very important and can affect the final retail price considerably. These layers are generally made of anywhere between three and 12 layers of plywood and unfinished white wood, depending on the thickness and quality of the finished product.
Engineered wood floors that are thinner than 2cm can be installed by simply gluing them down in the same way as you would glue down a vinyl or resilient floor. Therefore, as long as you have some rudimentary DIY skills and plenty of time and patience, you will most likely find it pretty easy to install an engineered wood floor.
Engineered wooden floors are a very sustainable flooring option. Indeed, a good-quality engineered wood floor will last anywhere from 20 to 100 years, depending on the thickness of the top veneer. Certainly, the best engineered floors available can last every bit as long as solid wood floors.
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