There are many benefits of hardwood floors for your home. We have compiled a few of our favorites below, but there are plenty more.
Hardwood Offers a High Return on Investment
Are you looking to make a wise financial decision for the future of your home? While hardwood floors may carry a higher price tag for material and installation than other types of flooring, one of the benefits of hardwood floors is that they more than make up for it when you consider the increased value to your home and their incredibly long lifespan. Realtors agree that hardwood flooring can add up to 15% resale value and is a positive factor in the time it takes to sell a home. When the surface of the hardwood becomes scratched or worn, it can be sanded and refinished to look brand new again. Rarely does hardwood flooring have to be replaced, unlike carpet which can often need to be replaced in just five years. Many homes over one hundred years old still have their original hardwood floors – now that’s an investment that paid off!
Finally a Haven for Allergy-Sufferers
Do you or a family member suffer from allergies? If so, you may find relief in the type of flooring you choose. Due to the nature of hardwood, allergens can’t find a permanent home inside the flooring and can quickly be removed with a casual cleaning. Further benefits of hardwood floors include that they do not contain the harmful chemicals that new carpets made from synthetic materials can emit. These chemicals have been known to cause sinus and breathing problems. Overall, hardwood flooring is a more natural choice and it’s good for your health.
Standing Strong against the Test of Time
Whether you have a house full of children and pets or you travel often and live alone, there are different hardwood floors to fit your unique lifestyle. The hardness of the wood determines the ability of various species to tolerate denting and normal wear, so if you have a high traffic home you may want to consider a harder wood like Brazilian Walnut or Bolivian Cherry. Hardwood floors are also much more resistant to stains and spills than carpet, as long as you wipe them up quickly.
For those with a knack for handiness, another of the benefits of hardwood floors is the surprisingly straightforward. Of course, choosing a prefinished hardwood will be simpler than installing an unfinished hardwood, but both are certainly within the capabilities of an experienced DIY-type. If you are interested in learning more about the process of installing hardwood, view installation steps here.