If you are considering a hardwood floor for your home, check out these top five reasons why hardwood is the best choice.
1 – Unmatched Value
A hardwood floor offers the best value of any other type of flooring because of its effect on home value, cost to maintain, and lifespan. Well-maintained hardwood floors can increase the value of your home by up to 15%, and many realtors agree that hardwood flooring increases the resale price and decreases the time your house spends on the market. Hardwood is quite cost-effective to maintain, especially when compared with carpet as it is extremely resistant to stains and spills and very easy to clean. When the surface of the hardwood becomes scratched or worn, it can be resanded 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!
2 – Timeless Appeal
One of the most persuading factors of hardwood flooring is its aesthetic appeal. For centuries now, hardwood has been the flooring of choice for some of the most beautiful castles, sanctuaries, and homes in the world. Unlike carpet, a hardwood floor simply does not go out of style.
3 – Good for your Health
Along with your doctor’s orders of an apple a day, you may want to heed the advice of your allergist when it comes to installing a hardwood floor in your home. Carpet traps dust, dirt, mold, dander, fur, pollen, dust mites, and other irritating allergens within its fibers, and these allergens are often impossible to get rid of. 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. Furthermore, hardwood floors 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.
4 – Sustainable & Eco-Friendly
Hardwood flooring is made from trees which are constantly being replenished by nature. While other types of floors like carpet or laminate are constructed with synthetic materials, hardwood is sustainable and environmentally smart. Here in the United States, our American hardwood industry is enthused that even with a rise in production and international demand, overall standing timber volumes have doubled in the last 50 years. As the demand for hardwood increases, we as an industry are rising to the challenge of reforesting and replenishing this natural resource.
5 – DIY Dream
For those with a knack for handiness, installing a hardwood floor is 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.