Floors in Colorado: What You Need to Know
The floor you choose has a big impact on your wallet and value of your home
There’s a saying in Colorado when it comes to the weather.
If you don’t like it, wait 10 minutes and it will change.
It sounds absurd, but it’s the truth.
One minute you have blue skies and sunny weather and the next you have blizzard-like conditions.
That means your home can get beatdown throughout the year.
The exterior of your home takes the brunt of that with the, wind, hail, rain and snow. Not to mention what the weather does to trees that can damage your home.
But the interior of your home takes a beating from the weather too.
Never do you see that more than with your floors.
From weather and traffic to kids and dogs, your floors can get beat worse than the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.
If you pick the wrong type, you’re in for repair or replacement costs.
So what you choose is vital to your bank account.
That means you have to be knowledgeable when you make the decision on the type you go with. You also have to take into account where you live and the weather you encounter.
In Denver and Colorado, you get a little bit of everything.
Solid is 100 percent hardwood that is milled from lumber. It’s a natural material, so changes in its setting due to moisture and temperature will affect the wood.
It could shrink or expand.
This type of floor is perfect for dining and living rooms. It’s not recommended below ground level or in bathrooms.
Engineered consists of layers of wood, three to 10, that are called piles and are glued together. This gives the material stability – greater than solid wood – that reduces your concerns of possible shrinkage or expansion when it comes to temperature and humidity. This material can also be installed in basements.
When it comes to Denver and Colorado, engineered hardwood flooring is the better choice.
The advancements in laminate are remarkable.
You can get a floor that looks just like wood or stone but without the cost or maintenance. And for the most part, no one can tell the difference unless they get on the floor and inspect it themselves.
Laminate has four layers: wear, design, inner core and backing.
That means these floors are durable to traffic and weather.
As with any floor, the better you maintain it and upkeep, the longer it will last.
No matter where you live, you can’t go wrong with laminate.
There was a time laminate was cheap and looked tacky.
Laminate can make your home shine, look high quality but also live up to your and your family everyday life.
As with laminate, the advancements in vinyl are just as remarkable.
There are three types of vinyl flooring: sheet, tile and luxury.
With any choice you choose, the days of cheap looking vinyl are over.
Like laminate, you can’t tell the difference between the real thing and the vinyl.
With luxury vinyl, you can get it where it looks just like tile, slate, stone and hardwood.
In either case, vinyl is built to last.
It can withstand the traffic and the weather you encounter in Denver and Colorado and the upkeep isn’t as taxing as it is with hardwood floors.
Plus, it’s so realistic looking it will make your home pop.
If you’re in the market for a new home and trying to decide what floor to go with, or you’re in the process of making the switch, use this guide to make the best decision.
You’ll save yourself the time, hassle and money in the long run.