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Hardwood floor benefits

Updated on March 16, 2010

Why go with hardwood flooring?

There are many reasons why you should consider hardwood flooring.

  • Hardwood floors will give your home that “classic” look of a Victorian home from a century ago.
  • Compared to other types of flooring, hard wood is more organic or natural.
  • From a price perspective, installing wood floors will raise the value of your home and it is a life long product that is more durable over the long haul if properly maintained.
  • From a maintenance perspective, hard wood is easy to maintain and outside of sanding and refinishing, only needs a damp mop to clean.

In this article, I am going to go over why I believe that wood floors are the best choice for most homeowners.

Hardwood floors are affordable over the long term- While initially installing a wood floor can be expensive, understand that most wood floors will last for decades with very little maintenance. Compare this to carpet which will need to be replaced either from wear and tear or simply from changing floor trends. Another big perk is that hard wood will increase the value of your home. This type of floor is the most sought after product for remodeling homes as well as new home construction and the growing trend is that most prospective buyers view hard wood floors as a big bonus; some won’t even consider a home without it.

Hardwood floors are very easy to maintain-It is easy to maintain While all flooring requires some sort of routine maintenance, when you have wood flooring, routine maintenance means nothing more than sweeping, vacuuming and going over the surface with a damp mop. There are some preventative maintenance involved as well like adding floor protectors or dampeners or adding area rugs in places that get a lot of foot traffic. Hardwood floors also need floor cleaners that are specifically made for hard wood.

Wood floors are ecologically sound and good for the environment- Most floor coverings are made of synthetic and man made materials. Wood floors are made with a sustainable natural resource. Lumber companies that cut down timber to make these floors are managed by watchdog groups to ensure that trees are being planted as trees are cut down. Experts claim that for every growth of trees that are harvested, almost twice as much hardwood timber is added.

There are more trees made for hardwood today than there were a half century ago.

Got allergies? Hardwood flooring is a healthy option- It is no secret that air quality indoors is considered one of the top health threats today. But because wood is organic and natural, this type of flooring can actually improve indoor air quality.

The reasons are simple; hard wood doesn’t harbor mold or dust mites, making the air we breathe in our homes better than with carpets that can be loaded with dust and other allergens.

Wood flooring also helps to resist toxins and pesticides that will accumulate on other floor coverings. Off gassing can also be a problem with other floor coverings such as laminate and carpet.

Hardwood floors offer a huge selection of colors and species to choose from- Considering the popularity, it shouldn’t be a surprise that you can purchase pretty much any color or style you want and hard wood comes in a variety of stain and finishes to choose from. Additionally, there are different types of hardwood when it comes to installing it; from solid wood to pre-engineered to floating floors to choose. In other words, there is something for anyone who is wanting to make hardwood their choice for flooring.


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