Brunswick Floors Blog #2

Hardwood floors vs LVT:

So it is time to pick a floor for your room and you have your heart set on a hard surface. Hardwood floors have always appealed to you but the salesman at your local hardware store says luxury vinyl (commonly known as LVT or LVP) has really taken off in the flooring sector. Now you have a decision to make, what is the best option for me? To answer this we must explore your goals for this project and evaluate your lifestyle. Below are some of the reoccurring projects we see walk in the doors at Brunswick Floors.
  • Build my dream home to grow old in
  • Remodel my home for a potential sale within the next year
  • Investment property for renters
  • Remodel garage/bonus room to increase living space for a growing family
  • Selecting flooring for a vacation home or river cabin
  Hardwood Floors:
  • Wood floors are perceived as a high-end luxury option
  • Best rated comfort of any hard surface with its ability to stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer
  • Timeless beauty and style best for retaining the value of a home
  • High lifetime value with its ability to be sanded and refinished up to 5 times
  • Increases home value when installed in the kitchen and adjacent open concept areas
Luxury Vinyl:
  • Best durability in floor covering, excellent for busy families with pets and young children
  • Lowest maintenance of any hard surface with the ability to withstand extreme temperature ranges and fluctuations in humidity
  • Ease of installation is one thing to consider for DIYers, many vinyl floors are designed in click lock systems with an attached underlayment
  • Lower cost compared to hardwood, this makes it an ideal choice for investors looking to rent out properties
  Looking at these benefits should give you an idea of the right flooring for your home. Let’s go back and evaluate each scenario and see which category we might choose now that we know the benefits of hardwood vs luxury vinyl.

Author’s Opinion

Build my dream home to grow old in (Hardwood)
  • I selected hardwood because of the timeless beauty of real wood and the enjoyment of comfort
Remodel my home for a potential sale within the next year (Hardwood)
  • I selected hardwood for this because of an increase in resale value. This may depend on the value of your home, studies suggest hardwood floors may increase the value of your home up to 2.5%.
Investment property for renters (Luxury Vinyl)
  • Renters are typically harder on floors and luxury vinyl being the easiest floor covering to maintain and clean is a great option for these homes
Remodel my garage/bonus rooms to increase living space for a growing family (Both)
  • This one is a tough one. On the one hand, it is for your family and you want the most comfort and value in your home. On the other hand, garage/bonus rooms are one of the most likely areas to experience comfort issues with heating and cooling. Which can also cause moisture issues in the room.  Luxury vinyl floors are as close to waterproof as flooring can get. Ultimately you’ll have to decide for yourself if it is worth the additional investment.
Selecting flooring for a vacation home or cabin (Luxury Vinyl)
  • This one goes to luxury vinyl due to the ease of maintenance. Vacation homes and cabins may be vacant at least 50% of the year and the structural stability of LVT makes it worry-free even when you are away.
This article gives a good overview, however, if you have specific questions always reach out to us here at Brunswick Floors. We would love to hear about your project and give you the absolute best advice. Contact us today.

Brunswick Floors Blog #1

If you can imagine it, we can do it.

Welcome.  You are reading the first of many Brunswick Floors Blogs.  In this first Blog, I want to introduce you to Brunswick Floors and let you know what all we have to offer.  Later, we will have future discussions on decorating, whole home design, remodeling, kitchens, baths, living spaces, do-it-yourself tips, and of course flooring.  Our goal is simple:  give you the ideas and knowledge to create dream spaces within your home.

Brunswick Floors was started in 1962.  And as it was then, we are still a family run business with Bobby and Julie Blake at the helm.  And the Blakes, who live right here in Brunswick, can be seen every day in the store or out on job sites.  Just like what’s popular in flooring, Brunswick Floors has changed through the years.  We now have stores in Brunswick, St. Simons Island, and Kingsland and work with much more than flooring.

Oh sure, we have an almost unlimited selection of carpet.  Our hardwood and engineered wood choices will give you exactly what you’re looking for.  Then there’s hundreds of options in luxury vinyl tile, and the largest ceramic and porcelain tile showroom in Coastal Georgia, along with all of our other flooring options.  And every one of our flooring installers work for Brunswick Floors – no subcontracting.  We know and employ every person who will be installing your floors.

But flooring is not all we do.  We offer hand-made cabinetry for your kitchen, bath, or living area – custom designed for your unique style, space and needs.  There are dozens of door styles, paint colors, stains, and finishing techniques to choose from.  And you have to see our incredible selection of natural stone countertops in granite, marble and quartzite.  Or you maybe you prefer quartz – we have over 300 designs to choose from.  We even offer a variety of butcher block and solid surface countertops.

And if you want to go with an “all of the above option”, we can do that too.  Do you want to move a wall, add a shower, plumbing, electric, painting, drywall work, or even water mitigation and mold removal?  We are your one-stop-shop for anything inside your home.  Come see us today and tell us how we can turn your house into your dream home.

Brunswick Floors – If you can imagine it, we can do it!