There’s nothing like the look and feel of a wood floor. In the Muskoka region, many cottages come with wood flooring in at least part of the property. Today, there are more options when it comes to enjoying the look and feel of wood beneath your feet. If it’s time to update the floors of your property, you’ll want to consider all your options before you decide.

Traditional Hardwood or not? That is the first question. Key benefits to installing a hardwood floor are the Return on Investment, in both value and durability. Hardwoods are also considered an eco-friendly option, the trees themselves being a renewable resource. Yet, hardwood floors can be expensive, and they can be vulnerable to water damage, which also limits where you should install hardwood – the laundry room and bathroom are not the best places.

Some of the most popular hardwood floors include ash, cherry, mahogany, oak and walnut. All of these are harder wood trees and can stand the test of time when it comes to durability. There’s also another type of wood which is growing in popularity, even though it’s actually a type of grass. We’re talking about bamboo flooring. Bamboo is the ultimate in eco-friendly hardwood – it grows so quickly it’s truly a renewable resource. If you are looking for something more on the unique side for a hardwood, exotics such as Brazilian cherry or teak are excellent choices, but the cost will be greater.

But what if you want wood flooring throughout your cottage? There are now engineered wood options available which can handle higher daily traffic and even withstand greater exposure to water than traditional hardwood floors. Keep in mind, engineered wood is still the real thing, it’s how the flooring is put together which makes the difference.

With engineered wood floors, there are more options when it comes to colour, plank width and even design. Many of the most popular types of hardwood for flooring can also be found in engineered wood products. These floors are made of a minimum of three layers of a hardwood, plywood and hardwood veneer, which is on the surface. This process allows for a greater range of grain type and finishes, as well as budget options.

If you’re considering wood floors for your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, taking some time to review all your options will help ensure you are happy with the results. Whichever way you choose to go, wood floors also add value to your property. Check out the following reviews on Hardwood Flooring and Engineered Wood Floors, published by Floor Critics, a great online resource.

If you are ready to move to the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. We’re here to work for you, and give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

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