The Hardwood Lowdown - 4 Types of Hardwood Flooring Every Homeowner Should Consider

The Hardwood Lowdown - 4 Types of Hardwood Flooring Every Homeowner Should Consider

When it comes time to choose flooring for your home, the options can be overwhelming. Hardwood floors, however, remain one of the most popular choices in flooring and can even have a significant impact on the resale value of your home. Hardwoods come in a wide variety of colors, styles and textures, however, so there are still many options to choose from. Here are 4 types of hardwood every homeowner should consider when choosing your next flooring options.

1. Unfinished wood flooring
If you want something that is truly unique and individual to your home, you might consider installing unfinished wood flooring. The installers will apply a finishing coat right in your home that gives you an almost unprecedented ability to custom design your floors to match your interior decor. This is particularly valuable if you have an older home with original finishings that you want to match to the flooring. The finish takes time to dry, however, so if you plan on installing unfinished wood flooring you will also need to plan on being away from your home for several days and possibly even a week or more.

2. Solid wood flooring
Solid wood flooring is a solid plank of wood sawn from a single tree. Solid wood flooring is generally the most expensive and also the most long-lasting and durable. It is, however, fairly high maintenance. Solid wood flooring can become nicked, scarred and marred over time, although some homeowners love this "vintage" type of look. To restore floors to their original glory, however, they can be sanded down and refinished. They can also be refinished in a different finish to give them a completely new look.

3. Engineered hardwood
Engineered hardwood floors are made from several layers of material that are pressed together, with a thin layer of real wood on the top. Engineered hardwood floors are generally more durable than solid wood floors and often easier to install. Some engineered hardwoods offer a thick enough top layer that they can still be sanded down and refinished the same way solid wood flooring can, but they will generally need to be replaced sooner than solid wood floors. Conversely, however, solid wood floors have a tendency to buckle and warp due to a change in weather conditions and can be destroyed entirely by flooding. Engineered hardwood is less susceptible to buckling and warping and will weather flooding better as well.

4. Acrylic impregnated wood flooring
This type of flooring is generally best for commercial use, although some homeowners with large families or busy, active homes may prefer it as well. Acrylic impregnated flooring is actually infused with a sealant and colored through the entire thickness of the wood. So, what is normally a surface "finish" is actually consistent throughout the wood. As the wood wears down, it never loses its color or protective finish. This creates an incredibly durable and long-lasting wood floor, with very little maintenance or refinishing required. Unlike solid wood flooring, however, it cannot be sanded down and refinished, since the finish is actually infused into the wood.

7 Unique Backsplash Ideas to Spruce up Your Kitchen

The backsplash adds character and style to the kitchen, taking the room to new levels of sophistication and whimsey. The general appearance, subway tile, can get boring quickly. Luckily, subway tile isn't the only backsplash design available. Get away from the norm and add these inspiriting designs to the backsplash instead.

1. A Chalkboard

Need to write a thought? Stay in the kitchen with a chalkboard backsplash, which offers space for cooks to write recipes, errands, grocery lists, menu items, and random information. In addition, use this space as a food presentation label in case guests don't know what they're eating. It doubles as a drawing board for children. Chalkboards are easy to clean and reuse as needed.


2. A Pegboard

Besides the chalkboard, an odd choice for backsplashes is a pegboard. Pegboards are mostly a game and task related item, but it raises the bar as a backsplash. A pegboard backsplash accomplishes two things: decoration and serviceable pieces of storage. Store and retrieve gadgets, utensils, cookbooks, towels, and oven mitts along with non-kitchen items like notes, drawings, and photos by inserting pegs or hooks.


3. Nature Patterns

Real or manufactured, stone, brick, or wood as a backsplash are a visually pleasing choice. The natural outdoor elements are appealing and inviting without effort, grounding the zaniest of kitchens. Stone and brick offer rough and bumpy textures to the smooth kitchen appearance while wood offers a smooth, natural elegance to the area. However, use wood backsplashes for kitchens lacking wood cabinets, wood countertops, and wood islands as wood-on-wood can be redundant.


4. Stainless Steel

Everyone has heard of stainless steel appliances and cookware because they are the new standard of kitchen items. Few know about stainless steel backsplashes, and it's an interesting choice. Stainless steel is sleek, sharp, and futuristic along with easy cleanup. Against a modern, minimalist, and contemporary design, a stainless steel background thrives. Stainless steel unites a space containing stainless steel appliances too.



5. Polar Opposite Paint

The kitchen follows one to three different color schemes as the primary colors. For the backsplash, choose a contrasting color not associated with the kitchen color scheme and paint the backsplash that color two times. Seal the paint to keep it shiny and beautiful. The contrasting paint is an instant backsplash, offering a noticeable pop of color and individual vibe.


6. Remarkable Wallpaper

The wallpaper used on bedroom and living room walls could double as a backsplash. Wallpaper adds uniqueness and pops of color to a lifeless kitchen. With endless colors, patterns, stripes, shapes, and textures, finding the perfect wallpaper is a journey. In fact, it's effortless to find excellent wallpaper in the desired price range.


7. A Focal Point

The backsplash garners the most attention in kitchens similar to how fireplaces and accent walls attract attention in living rooms. Above the cooking range or near the sink should be a photograph, recipe, chalkboard, mosaic, or decorative plate to give the eye something pleasant to view while completing tasks.


Incorporating one of seven designs into the kitchen will transform the space immediately. The chalkboard and pegboard are functional backsplashes while the wallpaper, paint, and focal point inject personality. Meanwhile, the stainless steel and nature options are realistic, timeless, and classic. All are worthy conversation pieces that deserve a spot in the kitchen.