There are many flooring options out there, but wood floors continue to grow in popularity. Not only are they popular choices for family rooms and bedrooms, they are also starting to replace the tile in kitchens and bathrooms, giving the entire home a unified look.
One study found that 82 percent of real estate agents believed homes with wood floors sell faster than ones with carpet. Wood also helps homeowners recoup renovation costs. In its annual cost vs. value report, Remodeling found that a wood deck addition cost almost $6,000 less than a composite addition and recouped 87 percent of the investment (13 percent more than the composite). All of the data points the same way: wood is more popular than ever; a low-maintenance, versatile surface, and a great investment for any home.
Whether you're just settling into a new home or looking to sell the one you're currently in, this guide is for you. We'll review the pros and cons of different wood types (from hardwood, to engineered, and even wood flooring-related surfaces like bamboo to laminate), highlight popular accessories and underlay, explain the care of your new wood floors, and even offer some installation tips.