December 01, 2012
In the midst of a lackluster housing market, many homeowners are opting to improve their existing homes rather than relocate to a new one. As a result, many of these individuals are looking at their basements and spare rooms as a blank canvas to create a game room or multimedia area. If you've been considering a recreational area in your home, improving the aesthetics of the space with engineered hardwoods will add warmth and timeless style to the room. Engineered floors like those from Anderson Floors' Brevard collection can be placed directly on top of a concrete subfloor. These floor coverings are constructed with layers of plywood for additional strength with a layer of maple veneer on top. Their Luster Lock® finish makes them six times more resistant to scratches and abrasions and require 50 percent less timber to produce. However, even these durable floors will need a few additional protections from the rigors of a game room.
1. Felt padding. Whether you're incorporating a pool or air hockey table, these large pieces of furniture have the potential to slide. Felt padding on the underside of the legs of these tables will spare your floors from scratches. You can also choose to put a small area rug underneath the table to make it even harder to move.
2. Side tables. Since this is primarily a recreation area, you're going to need a few extra spaces for guests to put drinks and snacks. The last thing you want is a spill on your new wood floors, so make sure you have plenty of unobtrusive places for your guests to put beverages to avoid any chances of a spill.
3. Take care when moving large furniture. After your flooring is installed and it's time to move in a large gaming table, be sure to place a piece of plywood and a blanket underneath it. This will allow you to slide the piece of furniture into your space without having to worry about scratching your hardwood flooring.
A game room is a fabulous addition to your home that is made all the more impressive with wood flooring. By utilizing engineered wood floors and making a few precautions, you and your loved ones will be able to enjoy your gorgeous new living space for years to come.