Hardwood floors are always a beauty to behold, but besides the pure enjoyment we get from living with hardwood flooring there are many other benefits, here are just a few:
1. Increases the value of your home
Real wood floors always add value to your home. Unless you never plan on selling your house, you should think about how the flooring choices you make today will affect the price you can get for your home when you do decide to sell. Carpet will look old, outdated and used in just a few years, whereas wood floors last a long time (even a lifetime!). Even laminate flooring, which looks like wood flooring, is a distant second choice for homebuyers. It just doesn’t have the same warmth and feel – or lifespan!
2. Longevity & Durability
Thanks to durable finishes that are easy to repair, solid-wood floors can last for a hundred years or more. There are very few flooring materials that have been around as long as wood (only stone and dirt have been around longer). Over the centuries, wood has shown itself to be a lovely and durable floor choice. Other newer materials have yet to prove themselves.
Got allergies? Unlike carpets (breeding grounds for mold, mildew and dust mites, all of which can be tough on anyone and make you very sick) wood floors don’t give pollen, animal dander, mold, etc any place to hide and thrive. Even when you steam clean carpets, it’s impossible to get them entirely clean. In fact, getting them wet just makes things worse. Hardwood flooring is an excellent choice for anyone with any kind of environmental allergies. (And it makes good sense for everyone else, too – who wants to lie down on a floor that’s hiding mold?)
4. Easy to clean and maintain
A little sweeping and a little mopping, and your hardwood floors will keep looking nice for a long time to come. Even families with dogs and kids are realizing that it’s easier to mop a hardwood floor than try to spray/scrub/wash grape Kool-Aid out of a carpet. Another perk is that a scratch here or a gouge there really just adds character to wood floors (and of course you can always have them re-finished if you prefer perfection).
5. Versatility in design
The variety, and colors of wood flooring available today, make it easy to find one that will compliment any design ideas you have. Hardwood floors are the only floor covering that will add resale value to your home.