In renovating your Kitchen, consider Laminate Flooring over Hardwoods in Shrewsbury, MA

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – In my experience, certain renovations yield such returns in the buyer’s feeling about the home and the final selling price that they are absolutely worth the investment. One of these investments may be the flooring in a kitchen.

Between the kids and the dog your kitchen floor can take quite a beating. For this reason when choosing flooring for your kitchen, you may find yourself second-guessing hardwood. Although the beauty of hardwood flooring is hard to deny, the eventual cost to maintain it may negate the desire for its natural beauty. Unfortunately, wood absorbs moisture that can cause cracking and warping over time. In a worst-case scenario it could even end up cupping or crowning in spots. Your only solutions to these problems are to either sand down the affected section and re-finish, or replace it entirely.

Since the kitchen demands a flooring material that can withstand high foot traffic and stains all while optimizing comfort, laminate flooring may be the perfect solution. There are a myriad of styles and colors available, and most materials are moisture-resistant. Stains can be cleaned quite easily as well.

This material is not only affordable, but also relatively simple to install. If you do decide that laminate is your best option, allow the tiles to sit in their future home for a few days so that they can adjust to the atmosphere they will eventually be installed in. The individual tiles will expand and contract. Also when installing, don’t forget to leave a quarter of an inch between the wall and the flooring. A wet tile saw is perfect for cutting this material to size. As always, before installation make sure to fill in any holes or dings, and sand away any bumps on your sub-flooring. These blemishes could affect the final result, and an impeccable result may have a significant impact on the final selling price of your home.

For referrals to contractors for these jobs, feel free to contact me.

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

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