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4 Reasons To Update Your Room This Weekend With Wide Plank Flooring
What can you change in a weekend? The look and feel of your home sweet home or favorite room!
With a brand new wide plank floor you can create a home that you’re excited to come home to! With advancements in wood floor design and construction, as well prefinish capabilities it doesn’t take weeks to install a new floor, in fact, for a small weekend remodeling project you can install a new floor in just a few days.
Today, we’ll look at four great reasons, and plenty of options, to inspire your spring project list.
Wide Plank Floors Change Everything
Get rid of that stain-magnet carpeting that has been keeping you from serving red wine at all your parties. High-quality wide plank floors look amazing and age incredibly gracefully.
When you install a wide plank floor in a room, you increase the value of the overall property and upgrade the appearance of the room itself. A survey by the National Wood Flooring Association asked real estate agents about the impact of hardwood floors on homebuyers. Of the realtors interviewed, 82 percent said that homes with hardwood floors sold faster and often for more money.
If you only change one thing in your room, the floor covering you choose can have a big impact.
Design Options for Any Style Home — Really
No matter what style home you have, you can find a wide plank floor that will work.
There are many design considerations to take into account when planning for a new wide plank floor. Things like paint color, cabinet style, and color, furniture style and location all play a role. Keep in mind, there is no limit to the designs you can create with a wide plank floor.
Budget Friendly & Affordable Luxury
You might be concerned about investing in a wide plank floor for your home due to the perceived cost, but wide plank floors are available at a variety of price points. But lower cost, shouldn’t mean lower quality. In fact, low quality flooring could mean bringing a floor into your home that could impact your indoor air quality and overall health. For budget friendly flooring like wide plank laminate, engineered wood flooring, and wide plank vinyl look for common industry terms like Carb2 and FloorScore Certified which indicate that the product has been tested for its impact on indoor air quality.
Here are two examples of floors at entry level prices.
Wide Plank Laminate Flooring
Wide plank laminate flooring has been around for a while, but not all laminate plank flooring is created equal. Ideally, you want wider planks, longer lengths, and a more authentic look, like the Torlys Largo Collection below. This style floor offers 6 different looks whether you prefer a light or dark floor.
Wide Plank vinyl flooring is a great option if you want a wide plank floor, but need to keep the budget down. Vinyl plank flooring is perfect for that family game room or below grade areas that you have been waiting to update! They come in a variety of styles and colors so you can create a modern or rustic look. The Versallia collection, from Carlisle, is designed to provide an authentic replica of a traditional wide plank oak floor with unique details available like the appearance of natural color variation and a distressed texture.
Unlike floating flooring, some vinyl plank flooring needs to be glued to the subfloor, but you can acquire installation instructions from the manufacturer to understand this process and the glue/adhesive you need to install the flooring.
A Weekend Is All You Need
It is a common misconception that wide plank floors are “hard to install” or “take too long”. With floating flooring and prefinished hardwood flooring available today, that couldn’t be farther from the truth!
Here are a few examples to help you look at the numbers:
- If you have an All 8″ wide plank White Oak floor, in a 400 square foot room, that means you have about 90 boards to install.
- If you install a floating floor, you can install it without glue or nails, which makes it go so much faster.
In this day and age of “DIY-ers” if you don’t have access to, or don’t want to pay for a professional installer, many wide plank products are do-it-yourself friendly with detailed installation instructions to walk you through the process.
Mix in With Other Simple Weekend Upgrades
Installing a new floor can be done as part of a weekend project, but here are a few tips to plan your project, to protect your floor and make your project as easy as possible:
- Paint your room first so you don’t get it on your new wide plank floors (or install plastic on the floor for protection)
- Cover your new flooring with protective material if you are moving or installing new furniture
- Hang up window coverings after your floor is installed so they are not in the way and to ensure it goes with the overall color theme of the paint and floors
- Install prefinished wood flooring so you don’t have to mess with site finishing
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