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How to chose the right flooring for your room: Hardwoods, Engineered Floors, and Laminate, oh my!

When we won the flooring makeover from Shaw Floors, I never knew there were so many different types of "wood" flooring to chose from.

I knew I wanted wood, so at least I didn't have to worry about the million types of carpet to chose from (seriously, there are a ton!)

When we started looking, we first needed to decide how the room was going to be used. Because it's a master bedroom and doesn't see a lot of daily wear and tear, we were pretty much open to any type of wood.

Some people recommend if you have a room with a lot of traffic and you don't want to risk damaging the floors, to go with laminate. That product has come a long way in the past few years and there are so many choices. Many don't even look like laminate, they're easy to install, and a very reasonable price.
Shaw Floors Laminate: Fairfield Pines

We finally debated between engineered hardwoods, and solid hardwoods. The biggest difference, is that engineered floors have a real wood top with a backer board. They get installed by gluing and nailing down the boards. Real hardwoods are solid all the way through, and usually just go down with a nailing.

Engineered Hardwoods: Cypress Mountain Gondola

The bonus with engineered hardwoods, is that there are so many styles, colors, and finishes to chose from.
Many came with worm holes or a hammered look. I loved that so we wouldn't have to worry if when they got scratched.

But the downfall: Most engineered hardwoods can't be sanded and re-stained when they wear down. We were concerned with the dogs and future children that we would want the option to refinish someday, so we went with the solid hardwoods.

We decided on matching the style to our existing hardwoods downstairs. Eventually we plan to refinish those and match the color to the ones in our master. I REALLY wanted to wide plank boards, but after debating about their popularity now, I was afraid it would be out of style in 10 years. So we went with the classic 2 3/4 in. plank in a cocoa bean stain.

Annnnnd I'm in love.

Hopefully this will help you if you decided to put in new flooring in your own home!

I was not compensated in any way from Shaw Floors for this post. It is only information that I gathered and thought would be helpful to my readers.

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