- January 30, 2019
- Posted by Asham Cheema
More and more homeowners are turning to hardwood floors for their homes. Some prefer the classic look of wood flooring over carpet or tile, while others simply like that this type of flooring is easier to clean and maintain. But, the question remains, which one is better: carpet, tile or hardwood floors?
Today, we’re going to make the case for wood floors, and why you should consider this type of flooring over other types available on the market. Below we’ve listed out twelve reasons why you would benefit from installing hardwood flooring in your home.
Wood floors not only add a touch of elegance to your home, but also a bit of warmth. Many homeowners believe that having hardwood floors even makes the space look bigger. Whether it makes your home feel more inviting depends on the rest of your décor, but it’s an easy way to make a great first impression.
Hardwood floors are incredibly easy to keep clean. They can be swept, steam-cleaned, or vacuumed to remove any dirt or debris that has accumulated. Imagine not having to clean very often, while still knowing that your floors are not harboring any environmental hazards like dust mites or pet dander. What makes wood floors even easier to maintain is the fact that they are significantly more stain resistant than carpets. If you spill something, all you need to do is wipe it up.
Being durable is one of the primary reasons why homeowners choose to upgrade to solid wood floors. One of the main reasons this type of flooring is so easy to maintain is partly due to their durability. Sure, they can get scratched or dented, but it’s not easy to do. If you take proper care of your wood floors, the hard surface can last for decades.
Wood floors can add value to your home. When it comes time for you to sell your home, buyers will pay more for a house with hardwood than carpet. Many home buyers don’t want carpet… especially somebody else’s carpet. They see used carpet as a petri dish that is going to provoke their allergy symptoms. Many home buyers would plan on replacing carpets, which is why they will pay more for a house that already has hardwood floors. Because it’s a feature sought out, wood flooring may even help sell your house faster.
Unlike carpet, hardwood floors do not trap dust, animal dander, pollen, particulate matter or other common allergens. This means that it’s significantly easier to improve your indoor air quality. Wood floors are often a must for allergy sufferers.
Why are wood floors better than tile or laminate in terms of air quality? Even though tile and laminate do not have the fibers that carpet has, they still have grout lines and an embossing. These grout lines and embossing are a great place for dust and other allergens to settle.
One of the primary benefits of wood flooring is its versatility to adapt to almost every interior design theme in your home. No matter how often you are inspired to change the mirrors, wall art, decorative accents or other decor in your home, the floors will always look good and fit your desired theme.
Additionally, not only will wood flooring not clash with your décor, but you have a wide range of colors, shades, and species to choose from. With real hardwood floors, you don’t get a factory pattern that repeats every so often. You get natural beauty available with a variety of shades, swirls, and grains that add character to your home.
Hardwood floors are easy to maintain, durable and provide better air quality. But they can be expensive, right? Depending on the other floor you are considering, wood floors may be more expensive option to purchase. However, there are a few factors you should consider.
Think about the long-term costs. Wood floors are easier to clean and less likely to be damaged. This will reduce your cleaning or repair costs over the years. Additionally, because they are so durable, hardwood floors can last for generations. This long-lasting quality makes them a cost-effective flooring option. It may be a little more upfront, but in the end, it will save you money.
Many carpets will lose their luster over time. The color starts to change with wear and tear, and all the stains that are impossible to remove. You won’t experience this issue with hardwood. The steady appearance of hardwood is one of the reasons why hardwood last for so many years and rarely need to be replaced.
However, what if you want to change the color? You can do that with solid hardwood floors. Unlike carpet or tile, this type of flooring can be refinished rather than replaced.
This is a huge benefit as the cost to refinish is significantly lower than buying and installing new flooring. It is also beneficial because it gives you the chance to drastically change your home without spending loads of money. Or maybe you just bought a house but don’t like the color of the wood floors, all you have to do is sand the color off and stain them to your liking. It’s as easy as that, and much cheaper than replacing the whole thing.
Hardwood floors can also improve the acoustics within the room. They reduce hollow sounds or vibrations that often occur. This quality is why you’ll find hardwood in nearly every dance or music studio. Though, if you’re looking for a wood-like flooring that reduces noise, vinyl or cork may be the better choice here.
If you’re thinking about upgrading your flooring, solid hardwoods are a great choice that come with a long list of benefits. If you are looking for flooring that provide timeless beauty, increase the value of your home, are easy to clean, and designed to last for many decades, then it’s hard to go wrong with solid hardwood. Give us a call to talk to a design specialist to learn more about your options.