Wood floors are also a smart purchase. Robert Wright, national president of the American Society of Interior Designers advises "When it comes to your money, I always would advocate wood because it's a good return on your investment and it's a product that everyone responds to. A nice hardwood floor -- that's pretty much always been a sign of quality. It invokes a good feeling in people."
According to a 2011 national survey conducted by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), 99 percent of real estate agents say that houses with hardwood floors are easier to sell. Of those surveyed, 90 percent believe homes with hardwood floors sell for more money and 82 percent say they sell faster.
Wood Flooring 101
Many clients ask us if prefinished floors are real hardwood floors or are engineered floors real hardwood floors. Yes, both are composed of 100% hardwood. Most engineered wood floors can be sanded at least once, except veneers. All ¾" solid prefinished wood floors can be sanded numerous times.
Now you may be wondering what is solid wood and what is engineered wood? Solid wood is exactly as it sounds: a solid piece of wood. Solid wood is usually ¾" thick. Engineered wood is thinner and is made in plies (layers) with the actual species of wood on the top layer. The bottom layers utilize other species of wood for stability. Engineered wood was developed for glue down installation, but some can be nailed down or floated. Engineered floors can be ¼", 3/8" (most common), ½", or even 9/16" thick. If the area being installed has a plywood subfloor, either type may be used. If your substrate is a cement slab, you will almost certainly choose engineered wood. Solid wood floors can only be installed on cement if special (and expensive) installation techniques and adhesives are used.
Why Is The Price Of Wood Flooring Going Up?
And this is not going to be an easily remedied situation. There are fewer logging operations now than five years ago, and the lumber mills have decreased from more than 700 to less than 200 over the same time period. We do not expect wood prices to go down, as we are being told by our vendors that "there is no end in sight" to the price increases, and to expect back orders and delays in getting material.
If you are planning on investing in new wood flooring for your home, please do not keep putting it off. Now is truly the time to buy to get your best deal.
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The Mohawk Love Your Floor Sale with 31 Month Interest FREE Financing ends this Monday, May 13. We have access to this super-long-term financing only in the fall and spring, so if you miss out on this deal, we will not be able to offer multi-year financing again until October. Great sale prices, plus great financing-----you will definitely love your new floor if you buy during Mohawk's Love Your Floor sale!