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Building 101: Floor Finishes

Your finish can make or break the look of your home, as well as set a particular style


With finishes running the gamut from wood to vinyl tiles, here are two that you may want to consider for your home.

Photographed by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions and Miguel Nacianceno.

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Wood is a classic floor finish, as it is elegant, and is warm underfoot. There are many choices, from wood type to the stain. Plus, it is easy to clean—simply sweep daily and wax weekly. It may cost a lot upfront, but it can last a long time and can add to the value of a house. If you want to go the eco-friendly route, you can use more sustainable woods like gemelina or Philippine mahogany, or opt to use recycled wood from demolished houses.  

Vinyl/Laminate Flooring

Vinyl is one of the most affordable and versatile floor finishes around. It comes in tiles or “planks” that mimic natural materials like marble or wood planks. It is also easy to install, and can be laid on existing flooring. Depending on the color and pattern, it can even look quite elegant, as seen here in the mottled gray vinyl tiles of Chuck Janolino’s apartment. 

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