A whole world of floors awaits your home
Hardwood, engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl plank, tile—they all make for beautiful interior floors of your home. With some careful consideration, your flooring can bring you a lifetime of a pleasing interior. Simply put, the one you choose depends on the look you want, the material and your budget.
Let’s take cost considerations first. HomeAdvisor.com estimates between $1,200 to $3,300 for the average 500 square-foot job. Higher quality material will add to the job, with $11,500 the average for a high-end installation.
The material and the expression you want to achieve go hand-in-hand, so it makes sense to consider these for your new flooring in Avon Lake, Ohio.
A tile floor is popular for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, entryways and outdoor patios. It’s used where moisture or allergies are a concern; that’s why ceramic, porcelain and natural stone are most often used. Those surfaces will repel water and reduce or eliminate allergy issues.
Ceramic tile differs in four main categories: grade, the Porcelain and Enamel Institute (PEI) rating, coefficient of friction (important in considering slipperiness), and water absorption. Unglazed ceramic tile is not given a PEI wear rating.
Natural stone tile is often used in the same areas as above, with slate being one of the top choices. Slate doesn’t stain and is a non-porous material. It is one of the most expensive flooring materials but it is durable, attractive and easy to clean.
Another type of natural stone tile is travertine, sometimes called limestone or marble. While it is neither (travertine is composed of calcite sedimentary rock), it doesn’t offer a shine but brings warmth to the area where it is used.
Marble, granite, limestone and sandstone are other types of natural stone. These are all more susceptible to staining and scratching.
Natural wood is a classical flooring material for many homes. It sets the character of the home while adding warmth and value. There are five basic species of wood used for flooring: oak, ash, maple, pine, and bamboo.
Oak is the most common wood used in North American floors. It bears beautiful grain patterns and can be stained evenly in many colors. Oak’s hardness resists dents, making it hold up well for wear and tear. Red oak is the name of the tree the wood comes from, so don’t assume it is the color of the oak.
Some oak is available in unfinished planks so it can be stained on site. Others come in a factory finish, which is usually less expensive. The grain pattern is another factor in price; a more consistent grain demands a higher price.
Ash is another popular wood and is harder than oak. It stains well and is usually used for lighter colors. As with oak, the grain dictates the price of ash.
Maple is another hard and light-colored wood. Its grain pattern is less pronounced than other woods. Since it is less porous than other woods, it doesn’t absorb dark stains easily. Over the years, it will gradually become more yellow. All woods tend to change color with time so this is normal.
While pine is not technically a hardwood, some species are harder than others and make for a floor full of character. There are usually plenty of knots and pin holes in the grain.
As for staining, most pine floors are only treated with a clear topcoat. Pine floors will age with time, adding to their character. Reclaimed pine from antique barns and other buildings is plentiful, and may often be a less expensive choice.
A relatively new choice for wood flooring is bamboo, becoming popular in the last two decades or so. Planks are made from individual threads of bamboo and put under high pressure. The result is a hard-as-oak plank.
Since is a modern material, it fits well into modern interior designs. It is always factory finished and the price depends on the quality of the topcoat and the binding process that was used.
Options less expensive than solid wood include engineered wood and luxury vinyl plank. Engineered wood consists of a veneer ranging from a half-millimeter to 6 mm. Layers of plywood and unfinished white wood are underneath, and the thickness and quality dictate the price.
Two advantages of engineered wood floors include stability and resistance to moisture, not to mention the ease of installation.
Luxury vinyl plank floors are becoming more popular today, especially since improvements have been made since the 1940s when vinyl floors first appeared. Vinyl is less expensive than wood flooring, is easy to install and resists moisture well.
Luxury vinyl is available in finishes that through a high-quality photographic layer look like materials such as stone or slate. A texture layer is added to simulate the feel of that particular material. Grouting can also be used to make the vinyl simulation look more convincing.
Vinyl is easy to clean with a mop, making it ideal for the kids’ playroom. No polishing or buffing is needed.
Whatever material you choose, the professionals at Sciarappa Construction will assist in your flooring plans and complete an exceptional job to your satisfaction. Start your new flooring in Avon Lake, Ohio project by contacting us at (440) 930-2882 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Located at 32961 Oak Pkwy., Avon Lake, OH 44012, our general contracting crew has more than 40 years of combined experience in remodeling homes within the Avon, Avon Lake, and Greater Cleveland, Ohio areas. We are a family-owned and operated full-service construction company.
Sciarappa Construction offers services including new home construction, subdivision, development, apartment, and existing home rehab, plus general contracting and construction management.