Do you plan to sell your home? Are you looking at factors that will increase your home value? One of the most important factors a buyer considers when buying a new home is its floor. It is true that hardwood floors will increase your home value. So if a carpet covers your hardwood floors, then consider removing it. And if you do not have wooden flooring, installing it would be a wise idea.
This is because these days most buyers like wood floors and they pass up on homes that are covered wall-to-wall with carpets. Homeowners like the clean look that hardwood floors generate. Additionally wood floors are great furniture aesthetics. Carpets on the other hand require a lot of cleaning on an everyday basis. Carpets trap a lot of allergens, and if you have pets, then dander and hair too. This in turn can lead to infections.
Wood floors are easy to maintain. They are soft to stand on for long periods of time, and are thus better than the tiles. For this reason homeowners prefer to install wood floors instead of tiles in their kitchen.
However before you restore your wood floor, or install a new one, you should know the cost factor and the return on investment.
Factors to consider when installing hardwood floors
Hardwood floors will cost within $3.50 – $13 per square feet plus the installation cost of about $3 – $6.75 per square feet. Wide planks increase the cost of flooring. The popular choice among homeowners for flooring is white oak, maple, walnut, acacia, and hickory. Now-a-days people like a unique look and choose reclaimed wood to go green. This is why reclaimed wood is more expensive. But if you are a DIY-er, then you can find reclaimed wood easily and install it yourself.
Dark wood floors are preferred over light wood floors. But light wood floors soak stains easily and are perfect for those who may want to change the color of their floor down the line. The trend of staining the floor with the shades of gray is catching – it adds that design element to a home.
How about engineered wood flooring?
An engineered wood floor comprises a number of layers of wood. The topmost layer is the hardwood veneer. Engineered wood is available in prefinished form, so you can easily install it. This means you save money on installation costs. Hardwood floor planks are usually not prefinished.
Now-a-days manufacturers are making engineered floors of such excellent quality that they look almost exactly like hardwood planks. You can also use engineered floors in high moisture areas since they do not warp easily.
The only disadvantage of engineered wood flooring is that you will not be able to refinish it as often as you like. You have to be careful in choosing because some veneers are so thin that they may not withstand even one sanding.
Engineered wood flooring will fetch a lesser price than classic hardwood flooring.
Do you want to restore existing floor?
Restoring existing wood floors will cost about $3 to $4 per square feet. Also you will not be able to stay at home when the floor is being restored, as fumes generated during the process are harmful. So you might have to stay in a hotel, adding to the overall cost.
Wood floors are appealing to all buyers. So before you shell out thousands on expensive oak or walnut, rip up some of the existing carpet and check underneath. There might be a decent wood hidden below and perhaps all you need to do is fill the gaps or replace a few old planks.
John Clax is a freelancer writer, blogger and editor of Basic Woodworking. When he is not playing golf, he is either writing his novels or managing his blogs.
August 29, 2016