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Top 5 Hardwood Flooring Options in Springfield, MA

Installing hardwood flooring can beautify your home as well as add resale value. Wood is a wonderful natural resource that is eco-friendly because it is both renewable and recyclable. Hardwood flooring, if installed correctly, should never need to be replaced. Aesthetically, there are numerous hardwood options out there that should suit any homeowners’ style. Here are a few options for that are popular with homeowners in the Western, MA area.

Red oak hardwood flooringRed Oak Hardwood Flooring

Red oak is a high grade hardwood that has very little knots and little color variations. The durability and ability to complement almost any design style make red oak on of the most desirable hardwood flooring options. 

white oak hardwood flooringWhite Oak Hardwood Flooring

White Oak is similar to red oak but is a stronger, more durable and takes on stains very easily. White Oak is a fantastic way to add a touch of traditional character to your home without the hints of red you would find in red oak.

maple hardwood flooringMaple Hardwood Flooring

Maple has a bit more color variation and more small knots than red oak but it is approximately 12 percent stronger. Which makes it a great choice for those homeowners who want hardwood in their bathroom.

douglass fir hardwood flooringDouglass Fir Hardwood Flooring

Douglas fir plank flooring delivers a relaxed, inviting feel to your home. The stain in the fir illuminates the detail in the grain, delivering a beautiful design aesthetic to your room. It is however only half a strong as red oak and dents easily. It might not be the best choice in high traffic areas of your home.

Reclaimed hardwood flooringReclaimed Hardwood Flooring

A relatively new trend in hardwood flooring is using reclaimed wood from old barns, homes, and factories. This is the most eco-friendly choice for “green” conscious homeowners. The real appeal is derived from the uniqueness and imperfections of every plank. It will truly be one of a kind.

There are numerous more hardwood flooring options in the market today. It can become confusing on which option is right for your home, so contact your local remodeler for more information.   

Top 5 Bathroom Flooring Options

Bathroom flooring could be the most important and difficult decision when remodeling a bathroom. There are numerous bathroom flooring options out there today, and they all have their specific advantages and disadvantages. As a homeowner it is important to go over all of these bathroom flooring options and contact your local remodeler to help you decide which fits your need.  Listed below are the top 5 bathroom flooring options for households in the Northampton MA area.

Porcelain Tile Flooring

Ceramic/Porcelain Tile

The most popular bathroom flooring choice for homeowners is tile. Remodeling professionals like ceramic/porcelain tile best because it is water-resistant, stain-resistant, exceptionally durable, and relatively inexpensive. There are countless designs and finish options for tile making it a great option for any design style; in fact tile manufacturers now are making ceramic and porcelain tiles that mimic the look of slate, granite, and numerous other natural stones.  Certain ceramic tile however, can become slippery when wet so be sure to choose a tile that is certified slip-resistant. It can also be uncomfortably cold unless it is installed over a radiant floor.

Vinyl Tile

The bathroom flooring option for the price conscious homeowners is vinyl tile. It is easy to install (think DIY project), easy to clean, water-resistant and available in a multitude of designs. The main downside of vinyl is the aesthetics. While it does come in many designs it look and feel is not up to par with the other bathroom flooring options.

Stone

Even though the most expensive bathroom flooring option on the market is stone; homeowners today are still opting to go with marble, concrete, pebble stone, slate, or limestone for their bathroom. With stone there will never be problems with moisture, mold or mildew and is also very easy to clean. Stone is not only the most expensive bathroom flooring option it is also can become very cold and slippery. You can however, have your local remodeler sandblast the stone or choose a style of stone that naturally has a little texture.

Wood bathroom flooringSolid Wood

A classic bathroom flooring option is solid wood. It creates a great look for the bathroom that actually feels warm on your feet.  Durability is the major downfall to solid wood, water and moisture can easily seep into the small cracks of the wood and cause major damage.

Laminate

Another bathroom flooring option for the price conscious homeowner is laminate. It has the look of solid wood but is water resistant, stain resistant, and can withstand heavy foot traffic. However, since laminate flooring still contains some wood, moisture is still an issue. Eventually, the wood can expand and harbor moisture, which can lead to major problems with your bathroom flooring.