Hardwood, Engineered Wood, LVP/LVT, and Laminate Flooring

Homestead Timbers is known for being a top supplier of specialty lumber in Grand Rapids, MI but we offer much more than just lumber products. Whether you're looking to upgrade your bathroom, kitchen or living room with new flooring, countertops or cabinets we have a variety of options that are sure to meet all your needs! We offer a range of flooring at different price points ranging from the most expensive hardwoods, followed by engineered woods, LVP/LVT, and laminate.

There are many factors that will determine what type of flooring is best for you. Some of these include product cost, exposure to moisture or water, ease of install, and maintenance. For example, If you have pets or kids running around in your home then a more durable option might be the better choice compared to low traffic areas. Ease of install is important because it will affect your install cost if you're having someone do it or how long it will take you to do it.

If you're looking for hardwood, LVT (Luxury vinyl tile), or laminate flooring, we've got you covered. Below the different options broken down, click the links to learn more about the specific type and options we have for each.

Stop by our location in Marne, MI to view our flooring, countertop, and cabinet options in person! We recently rearranged our showroom to make room for the best flooring and countertop displays.

Do you need design help?

We have a team of talented designers on staff who would be happy to meet with you for an in-depth consultation. Whether it's design feedback or advice, we'll work closely with you and your vision to create the perfect environment!

LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) Flooring

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) has been a very popular option in the past few years. You will also hear the term Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) which mimics the look of tile/stone instead of wood.

LVP/LVT is one of the easier options to install for a DIYer. LVP/LVT is a very durable option with a vinyl core and wear layer on top.

What is LVP / LVT flooring?

Luxury Vinyl Plank, or LVP for short, is vinyl flooring that mimics the look of any wood. Treated like a plank in design and installation process, it's durable with all the benefits of luxury vinyl; including good sound insulation properties to keep your home quiet while still being comfortable on bare feet. LVT is the same but mimics tile or stone.

Is LVP / LVT easy to maintain?

For sure! Luxury Vinyl Planks are perfect if you want floors that are easy-to-clean. Spend less time cleaning after spills and dirt brought in from shoes and play! As with all flooring, routine cleaning is required to keep it in the best shape possible. For day to day cleaning, sweeping or using a swifter is sufficient. For deep cleaning, you need to mop with soap and water. Generally, you should avoid high PH cleaners with LVP.

Is LVP / LVT durable?

Yes it is, LVP / LVT features a wear layer that protects the look of your flooring. This makes it resistant to dents, scuffs, and scratches. LVP is perfect if you have pets or kids running around as it will stand up to this additional wear and tear. Expected life is generally around 20 years.

Does LVP / LVT look cheap?

Short answer: No. However, as with most products there is a range of quality and price. If you find a LVP / LVT on the cheaper end it probably won't look AS good as more expensive options. There is a wide range in available looks ensuring there is one that will fit your style and home.

Solid/Engineered Wood Flooring

Solid wood and engineered woods offer unmatched appearance and can add value to your home. Product and install is costly.

Something great about wood flooring is that they can be sanded and refinished. This means that wood floors can typically last the lifespan of the house.

Solid vs Engineered Wood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is made of solid piece of wood from whichever species the wood is. On the other hand, engineered hardwood flooring only has a thin layer of the hardwood that is bonded over a quality ply-wood. Engineered will usually cost slightly and unlike solid hardwoods, can be used in areas with more moisture, such as basements.

Is hardwood easy to maintain?

It requires some work, both solid and engineered hardwoods need to be treated similarly. They should be swept or vacuumed frequently. Liquids will cause warping if left alone. Scratches are a big problem with woods floors so you should use furniture pads on any tables or chairs. Fortunately, hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished. Solid wood can be sanded many times, engineered usually only 1-2 times because of the thin hardwood.

Is Hardwood durable?

Absolutely! With proper care hardwoods will last a really long time. There are 150 year old houses that still have the original hardwood floors! It is recommended to sand and refinish hardwood floors every 5-10 years depending on wear.

Hardwood Floor Colors

Hardwood flooring is available in different materials with different shades of colors ranging from light maple to deep mahogany. Along with different wood types, often times you can stain the wood to get different colors. This makes it possible for you to get the color you want.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is usually one of the more budget friendly options but there is a range of quality and price.

Laminate has a similar install to LVP and a plethora of look and color options. It is a good option where value and durability are the main concerns.

Laminate vs LVP Flooring

While laminate is quite similar to LVP / LVT a major difference is the type of core material. Laminate has a wood-fiber core whereas LVP has a vinyl core. This causes them to react to moisture / water differently. Generally, laminate will be less waterproof than LVP. However, the line we offer is waterproof for up to 72 hours!

Is laminate easy to maintain?

Yes! Just Like LVP / LVT, laminate is easy-to-clean. As usual, it is best practice to clean your flooring frequently to maintain the condition of it. For regular cleaning, a good sweeping will do. For deeper cleaning a light mopping should be all that is needed. Be mindful of how much water you are putting on the floor and make sure that it is dry when you are done. Water sitting on laminate for a long period of time can cause issues.

Is laminate durable?

It is very durable. Similar to LVP, laminate features a wear layer that will keep your floor looking good for years to come. It is more scratch and dent resistant than hardwood floors. It will generally last around 20 years, just like LVP / LVT.

Does Laminate look cheap?

The laminate that we carry does not look cheap. However, not all laminate is created equal and this leads to a range of quality and price points. The laminate we offer is high quality and available in a range of color and style options.

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