Tracey Edwards | August 12 2014
I’ve been looking at my wood floors and not liking the builder grade, 3” oak plank hardwood floor that was installed in my home. I know I watch too much HGTV to see what the latest trends are and always fall in love with new beautiful floors. The latest trend is to use “Reclaimed Hardwood” to create beautiful rustic floors. How realistic and budget friendly is it to find a dilapidated wood barn, tear it down, have someone strip the boards, install them as flooring and then have then have a protective finish applied? I can assure you it is NOT budget friendly AT ALL! Never fear! You can have the look of Reclaimed Hardwood Floors without having to forego your children’s college funds.
What is Engineered Floors? You’ve seen this flooring at your big box stores and it may be labeled as laminate flooring. It’s a thin piece of wood on a core that’s made of something else with a layer of laminate on top that has been “engineered” to look like real hardwood floor. Manufacturers can make the laminate look similar to any type of hardwood or reclaimed wood finishes.
New factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber – right down to the timeless hand-hewn look. They can do this without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber. Not to mention that factory finished wood will stand up to moisture better than flooring that has been finished onsite.
Whether you want authentic reclaimed wood floors, hardwood floors made to look authentic, or engineered/laminate flooring, there are options to provide you with the latest trend of having a new floor that looks like an “old floor.”
Until Next Time – Cheers!