Floor Options – What is the best choice for your home?

New flooring is one of the best ways to refresh the look of your home.  With so many floor options it can be hard to choose the best one for your budget, lifestyle, and design concept.  Below are some of the most popular trends in flooring and a short summary of the benefits and drawbacks of each home flooring option.


Known for their durability and beauty hardwood floors are a great option for your home.  There are a variety of styles and colors available making it easy to match the décor in the rest of your home.  While hardwood floors may scratch and get scuffed they can be refinished to look like new.  Hardwood floors add significant value to your home making the higher initial price a greater payoff in the long run.



An eco-friendly option with many comparable properties to hardwood makes bamboo an exciting option for homeowners.  Bamboo is a highly renewable resource reaching maturity in just 3-5 years versus the 20-120 years for hardwoods.  The price and maintenance is comparable to hardwoods while the unique, trendy appearance lends itself to elegant spaces.  The major drawback of bamboo flooring is that it can scratch and dent fairly easily.  However, you can sand it and refinish it similar to hardwoods.  How many times you can sand it depends on the thickness of the bamboo boards.  Bamboo will increase the value of your home similar to that of hardwood flooring.


Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood floors consist of multiple layers with the top layer being a thin slice of hardwood.  If they get scratched or scuffed they can be sanded and refinished, however, how many times you can do that will be limited by the thickness of the top layer of wood.  Engineered hardwoods are a more affordable option than hardwoods with lower product cost and lower installation cost.  This is a great choice for people who desire the look of hardwood but have a smaller budget.  Engineered hardwoods will increase your home value more than laminate flooring.



Laminate flooring offers a comparable look to hardwood floors at a more affordable price.  Laminate floors also offer easier installation and less maintenance.  However, unlike hardwood floors, if they become scratched or scuffed they cannot be refinished.  The lower cost up-front makes it more affordable to install but does not add as much value to your home as a hardwood, engineered hardwood, or bamboo floor.


If you are looking to remodel your home in Portland, Oregon contact Sitka Projects today for a quote on your home remodeling project.