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When it comes to improving the look and feel of your home, one of the most important areas to focus on is your flooring. No matter how great the other aspects of your interior are, old carpet or outdated tile will destroy the clean, modern atmosphere you crave. Add in the fact that a new floor can significantly increase your home’s value, and that’s why many people choose to have a Tampa Bay flooring contractor replace their old floors with brand new hardwood floors.

When homeowners begin to think about having hardwood flooring installed, their initial thoughts tend to be focused on details like color shade, plank size and shape, and pattern. However, one of the biggest decisions that you will need to make when having a new hardwood floor installed is what type of material to use. There are three main types, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Real Hardwood

If you are looking for the warmth and class that comes with an all-natural floor, then real hardwood may be the best choice for you. These floors are made from 100% solid wood, and are considered by many to be the best looking floors you can purchase for your home. They are available in many different wood types, including oak, birch, walnut, cherry, and maple, each of which will give you a different look and feel. This will allow you the flexibility to either renovate your floors to fit your home’s existing style, or create a brand new feel in your home. Real hardwood floors do, however, have a few negatives. They tend to be the most expensive of your wood flooring options, and are the easiest to damage, with water leaks as the main thing to watch out for. But on the positive side, they can be sanded and refinished to remove any abrasions and aging athat may occur for years to come.

Engineered Wood

Though they are not made from solid wood, engineered wood floors are still real wood floors, just in a different way. These floors are made mostly from plywood, but with a thin wood veneer glued to the top of each piece. There are many textures, plank sizes, and wood species to choose from, much like solid wood, giving you the flexibility to find a style that fits your needs. The way they are engineered also provides these floors with some unique advantages. For example, engineered wood floors handle both heat and moisture much better than real hardwood floors, are more durable, can be installed directly over concrete, and are a bit less expensive in most situations.  For these reasons, engineered wood flooring is typically the best option to achieve a luxury hard wood floor in the tropical climate of Tampa, Florida.


Where real hardwood floors and engineered wood floors are made entirely of wood, laminate floors don’t actually have any wood in them at all. But from a visual perspective, you may never know it. These high density fiber tiles are actually printed to look much like any wood pattern you desire, leaving you with a vast choice of styles, colors, and sizes. They are also incredibly durable, very difficult to scratch, and simple to clean, making them the perfect option for families with young children or pets. Add that to the fact that laminate floors are the least expensive of the three options, and they may be the perfect way for you to create that warm, classic feel of a wood floor, but at a price you can afford.

If you’d like to speak to an experienced Tampa Bay Flooring contractor to discuss hardwood flooring options for your home, or have one of our experienced team members come out and give you a free informative consultation and estimate, please contact Jack O’ Trades here.

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Logan Steege, Owner, JackO'Trades Owner & President Logan Steege relocated to Tampa in 2003 to assist in a local start-up building 25 new homes in under two years. In 2005 Jack O’ Trades was launched. In 2010 he acquired a State Certified Residential Contractor license (CRC 1330291). Logan has an uncanny eye for detail and imaginative functionality. Jack O’ Trades is more than a contractor bidding and completing your job, we will share ideas with you, inspire design, and work with you to visualize and create the best use of your space. Logan continues to keep both hands on every project, but also offers you his eyes for aesthetics and ears for understanding your desires to make you love where you live.