Hardwood flooring is a great product that has a timeless look and offers many benefits. However, despite its multitude of benefits, there are some drawbacks. I will go over the pros and cons of hardwood flooring to help you make the perfect choice for your home or project.
If you are like me, who has a constant sniffle and sneeze throughout the warmer months, then hardwood might be something you will want to consider. Since wood doesn’t harbor dust, pollen, mold, etc., nor does it allow the growth of dust mites and parasites, hardwood is an excellent choice if you suffer from asthma or allergies. Any dirt and dust can be removed by simply vacuuming or having a cleaning routine.
Wood flooring is a great investment for your home that will automatically always increase the value of your home. On average hardwood floors add about 2-3% to the resale cost. Typically, house buyers are willing to pay more for a home with hardwood floors. If maintained right, hardwood can last many years because of its durability. Hardwood flooring adds a luxury feeling and warmth that other products cannot match.
Timeless and Natural Look
Wood floors will never go out of style, and have been around for centuries! If you are looking for flooring that you won’t have to replace in 5 years to keep up with trends, choosing a natural look will never put you in that situation. Visit our Timeless Flooring Blog for further information and inspiration!
Refinished Back to New
What is great about wood floors compared to vinyl or carpet, is you can resand and stain your floors to make them look and feel new again! Over time, your wood floors may have some dents and scratches, but rather than having to reinstall a new floor, you can sand and stain! Check out our blog What Goes with Hardwood for more ideas and inspiration!
All the moms will love this! If monitored well for spills and dirt, hardwood floors can be kept clean easily by sweeping/mopping with appropriate hardwood floor cleaner or water. Check out our blog How to Clean your Hardwood Floors for further information on how to clean your hardwood floors.
Hardwood floors conduct heat which is very beneficial in cold winters! Hardwood floors are also soft on your feet compared to tile which tends to be cold.
A major drawback to hardwood floors is damage from moisture and humidity. Humidity fluctuations can cause the planks to warp and or swell. This problem can simply be fixed with moisture control using a humidifier or dehumidifier depending on the season.
You probably have guessed that water is not good for hardwood floors. Water sitting on any type of floor is generally not good, to begin with. The major spots in your home where you will get water spills are the kitchen, bathroom, and water from shoes in house entrances. Water damage can easily be avoided by quickly wiping up spills and some well placed mats!
The cost of wood floors may make you hesitate! But as mentioned before, hardwood floors can be a good investment to your home that will up the value of it, and attract more buyers if selling.
Overall, hardwood flooring is a great investment for your home! Despite the initial cost, hardwood will add value to your home, and give a natural luxurious look. Although there are some cons, these cons are manageable and can be avoided with proper care and maintenance. If you have any further questions, or want more information, Stirling Carpet and Flooring is always willing to help!