A home with hardwood flooring looks polished, sleek and elegant. It’s not surprising that so many homeowners have it installed.
Realtors often claim that hardwood floors increase the value of a home.
There isn’t any specific data to confirm such a claim. But a study using National Association of Realtors data did discover that 54% of home buyers would spend up to $2,080 extra on a house with hardwood flooring.
So wood floors are clearly a desirable feature in a new home. But they will also bring a whole host of other benefits.
So read on to discover why you should go ahead with that flooring installation!
Hardwood flooring increases the aesthetic value of your home
Few would disagree that solid wood floors look amazing. It’s not surprising that so many home buyers prioritize them on their wishlist.
And true, wooden floors can be colder than carpet. That in itself can be a benefit in warmer climates.
But you can always use rugs or carpet runners to bring a touch of comfort to your wood floors.
And when you redecorate your home, changing a rug to match your new decor is easier than installing a new carpet. Simply choose a new color scheme and enjoy the change.
Wooden floors don’t need to look unoriginal either. You can still take advantage of a range of home decor trends using hardwood flooring.
Why not use wider planks for an unusual look? Or use reclaimed wood for that antique finish.
Many homeowners opt for oak for its classic and traditional finish. But if you want hardwood flooring with a twist, try walnut or hickory.
Lighter woods will make the room appear larger and airier. Darker woods will look more stately. You’re certainly not restricted in terms of appearance.
You’re certainly not restricted in terms of appearance.
You might choose a striking hardwood with a bold grain pattern. Or you might want a plain, unobtrusive wood since you’ll be using rugs.
Are you wondering about the durability of your chosen wood? Check the Janka scale to see how it measures up against other options.
The ultimate beauty of hardwood floors is their compatibility with so many other design styles. Country cottage chic and minimalist design are both possible with wood.
It has a maintenance value
The clearest advantage of hardwood flooring is the fact that it’s 100% wood. It’s not a composite.
So yes, it’s more difficult to install. But once it’s been laid out, it will last a lifetime.
That in itself can help to increase the value of your home when you want to sell. After all, buyers won’t need to spend the money themselves on new flooring.
There’s also a difference between finished and unfinished solid hardwood. Finished solid wood is easier to install and easier to clean thanks to its finish.
But if you’re using unfinished solid wood, you can sand and refinish hardwood flooring multiple times. That makes it easier to stain the wood to suit a new decor scheme.
Hardwood is a particularly good choice for high-traffic areas like the kitchen. Unlike carpet, it doesn’t show such signs of wear.
But if you do feel the wood looks tired, you can always refinish the floors. It’s possible to give them a whole new lease on life.
And hardwood flooring can tolerate impacts a lot better than other types of flooring. Contrary to what you might believe, you can actually do a lot of repairs yourself. Check out this way to patch a hardwood floor.
Fine scratches can even be repaired with special wood markers or wax crayons. Wood putty will fill in deeper scratches.
That’s not something that can be said of carpets or concrete.
The lifestyle value is also clear
Wooden floors are colder than carpet. But they’re much warmer than those made from ceramic tile or granite.
The wood holds onto heat throughout the day, making them much more comfortable to walk on.
They also require much less day-to-day maintenance.
Vacuuming is a far quicker task and sometimes you just need to sweep. That’s less time cleaning and more time enjoying other hobbies.
Carpet wears out long before hardwood flooring ever will. Besides, harder floors are more pleasant for allergy sufferers.
After all, those hard surfaces won’t hold onto dust or other allergens. So you can keep allergy irritants to a minimum. It’s easier to sweep up dust at the end of the day and know that it’s gone.
And hardwood flooring can even improve the air quality in your home. Wood floors don’t give off nitrogen oxide or methane, pollutants are known to cause respiratory problems.
As a natural material, you don’t have to worry about synthetic components.
Increase the efficiency value of your home
Perhaps you’d like to have a more energy efficient home. And you might think that carpet is better at insulating a room.
After all, better insulation means you need to use less heat to stay warm. Carpet does insulate better than hardwood flooring.
But you can always put down a rug to help with the energy efficiency of a hardwood floor. It’s a way to get the best of both worlds.
You can even insulate wooden floors and skirt boards to improve your draft proofing. You only need to insulate on the first floor since heat rises.
And wood needs space to expand so don’t fill every tiny gap. But a brand new wooden floor will fit together to help minimize drafts between the boards.
And don’t think that hardwood isn’t a sustainable flooring choice.
1.66 trees are planted in the US for every tree harvested. That means there are far more standing trees now than there were a few years ago.
But given how long hardwood lasts, this type of floor needs fewer raw materials. It also sends less waste to landfill.
And because wood absorbs carbon dioxide, the flooring can be burned as fuel when it does reach the end of its life.
So hardwood flooring doesn’t just offer financial value. It can also help the aesthetics, maintenance, and lifestyle in your home.
If you’ve been persuaded that wooden floors are a natural choice, then talk to us. We’ll even give you a quote online!