Owning a wood floor in your Costa Rican Home

Once upon a time, the way to go for a home in Costa Rica was to have ceramic tiles in your home.  They kept your home cool and allowed you to have several different patterns to really match the décor of your home.

Today, wooden floors are making a comeback in Costa Rica as they give your home an affordable alternative that really stands out.  Before you decide to rip out the Spanish tiles out of your living room, let’s go over some plywood floor basics.

Owning a wood Floor in Costa Rican HomeThey are basically two options to add a wooded floor to your house in Costa Rica, if it is a modern home, that has a carpet or vinyl floor, you can just rip it out and refinish the plywood subfloor beneath it or install a new plywood floor.

Either way is a good option but before you get started, pay attention to details such as adding a tough topcoat like polyurethane,which you can get at any hardware store in Costa Rica) which will help on the wear and tear of everyday foot traffic.

With that in mind, let’s talk about Plywood basics

Plywood like any other wood requires preparation and the quality of the preparation will determine the fined quality of the surface. While hardwood is solid, plywood consists of multiple thicknesses of thin layered wood veneer that is glued together and compressed to form a strong laminated sheet.

The layering process makes the end result resistant to expansion—giving it an edge over hardwood. But plywood’s softer surface has a tendency to chip and dent, making the final application of a hard top coating vital to the success of your floor.

Plywood floors are for most rooms even though kitchens and bathrooms are not as ideal since water and other liquids are often spilled on them. Basements are not recommended for plywood flooring because they’re typically a bit damp, and a concrete floor can transfer moisture from the soil to the plywood, which could cause it to de-laminate and swell over time.

If you are looking for a real estate in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica with hardwood floors so you don’t have to do the work yourself or hire someone to do it then take a look at this beautiful home.

Home with a Wonderful City View in Ciudad Colon, Costa RicaCOD.X525 – Home with a Wonderful City View

Sale Price: $890,000 – Rental Price:  $4,000/monthly

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

Floors: Porcelain tile and Hardwood

Living area: 389.27 square meters

This large home in Ciudad Colon includes imported custom made living and dining room.  IN addition to the kitchen alliances, window treatment and ceiling lamps, the home is ready to install a Jacuzzi in the garden area.

For more details go to, http://www.upropertiescr.com/property/cod-x525-home-with-wonderful-city-view/ or contact Ingrid.

If you are still set on installing your own plywood floors in your home then let’s talk about getting a fabulous finish on it.

Here are the best and more popular methods to having a great finish.

Paper bagging involves applying irregular-shaped pieces of brown kraft paper to a plywood floor to give it a marble-like appearance.

Painted plywood to create a checkerboard pattern, go for stripes or circles, or mimic cobblestones or bricks.

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