When you have made the decision to invest in new flooring, one of your first questions is naturally going to be which option will provide the best value for money. There are several different options available, and your choice will depend on the style you are looking to achieve and your budget.
Here is a short summary of your options to help you to decide which flooring choice will be best for you, your needs, and your lifestyle.
Hardwood flooring will always make a positive impact on a space, but you must be willing to invest to achieve a top-quality finish. Hardwood floors will typically be around four or five times more expensive than carpet. However, if you do have the budget available, it can end up being a great investment. As this USA Today article explains, hardwood floors are one of the features that home buyers are willing to pay more for. The ability to sand and refinish hardwood means it will not begin losing value as soon as it has been installed. Therefore, the benefits do often outweigh the large upfront costs.
Hardwood floors are an enormous investment. If you don’t have the budget for one, don’t worry. Engineered wood flooring such as that offered by looks just as polished, comes in a wide variety of styles and finishes, and does not require as much time to install. In the process of creating engineered wood, several layers of plywood are finished with a final veneer of hardwood, which means you can achieve the look of a hardwood floor without the expense. It will require a small amount of extra maintenance because you won’t be able to sand and refinish it, but this should not be too much of an issue because they are sturdy and easy to keep clean.
As one of the most affordable flooring options, it’s not difficult to see why laminate is still such a popular choice even though it won’t add anything to the value of your home. Durable and easy to clean, laminate is ideal for areas of the home where wood floors are unsuitable. For most spaces, however, a wood floor is always going to provide the best value for money.