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Value Propositions: Wood Flooring

When you’re building a new home, there are so many items to select, you will literally make hundreds of decisions as you go through the process. Having a firm idea of your budget is critical.

Costs vary widely, but hardwood is generally more expensive than laminate reproductions. However, price should be just one consideration when choosing a flooring material: aesthetics and durability are just as important. For many log home owners, the look of natural wood can’t be beat. Here are some pros and cons to consider:

Value: Laminate wood flooring


  • Fairly easy for DIYers to install
  • Very inexpensive
  • Does not require polishing
  • No fading or color change from exposure to sunlight


  • Can’t be refinished when damaged
  • Shorter lifespan than well-maintained solid-wood flooring
  • Grain patterns tend to repeat, revealing it as a fake

Splurge: Reclaimed antique rustic heart-pine flooring


  • Interesting grain patterns and patina
  • Able to be refinished several times, prolonging lifespan
  • Available in a wide range of plank widths
  • Can be repaired


  • Significantly more expensive than laminate
  • Finite resource
  • May need to be finished onsite (if it’s not available as a pre-finished product)
  • Susceptible to scratches, stains and fading
Cost of ownership: A laminate wood floor’s lifespan will most likely be shorter than real wood, but its cost can be much lower. Authentic wood flooring may be expected in a high-end log home — at least in the main public spaces.

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