Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors are available in a wide variety of surface materials and types.

Softwoods, like pine and fir, are often used to make simple tongue-and-groove floorboards. These floors are less expensive than hardwoods but also less durable.

Hardwoods – maple, birch, oak, ash – are far less likely to mar with normal use. A hardwood is not indestructible; however it will stand up to demanding use.

Both softwoods and hardwoods are graded according to their color and grain. There are a great number of finishing options. Natural wood stains range from light ash tone to deep, coffee-like colors. Generally, lighter stains make a room feel less formal, and darker, richer stains suggest a stately atmosphere. As with lighter colors, lighter stains create a feeling of openness; darker stains foster a more intimate feeling and can reduce the visual vastness of a large space.

2013 Cost vs. Value Report

Selected 2013 Cost vs. Value Report Statistics - Average Nationwide Return on Investment:

  • Deck addition – 77.3%
  • Major kitchen remodel – 59.7%
  • Bathroom remodel – 58.3%
  • New roof – 56.7%
  • Basement Remodel – 70.3%

Source: 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2013).