With so many flooring options available today, it can be confusing to settle on a choice for your flooring and hardwood can seem like an expensive option. However, hardwood flooring still remains the most popular choice; as well as being the best for a safe and clean space with relatively low maintenance. When considering the overall life of a hardwood floor, the benefits far outweigh the initial cost.
Clean and Safe
One of the biggest benefits when choosing hardwood over a different floor type is that hardwood is more sanitary. If you're thinking about carpet vs. hardwood, a good amount of dust, bacteria, and debris can get absorbed into the carpet fibers. With hardwood, there is nowhere for debris to hide making it a healthier option, especially for those who suffer from allergies.
Yes, Hardwood floors will cost more than carpeted floors, but they also require far less maintenance. Because hardwood floors are typically sealed with some type of finish, they tend to be more stain resistant. One of the added benefits of hardwood floors is that they can be repaired and refinished. It is true that hardwood can scratch, scrape, dent or scuff, but it can simply be sanded, smoothed and refinished. It is not always necessary to entirely replace a hardwood floor.
Wood flooring is the most available renewable flooring choice available. The U.S. Forest Service actually states that the annual net growth for hardwoods is actually greater than that of the removal rate. This means that trees are growing faster than they are being used.
Wood Floors also use less water and energy to produce and can also be recycled, making them an extremely sustainable product. When considering carpet vs. hardwood, carpet also has many unnatural chemicals, dyes and synthetic materials when produced. Hardwood not only brings beauty and value to your home, but it really can last you a lifetime. Whereas carpet, when its well taken care of, typically needs to be replaced every 10-15 years.
Beauty and Value
Hardwood will truly give your home a unique beauty and look. No hardwood floor is identical. Each grain pattern, color and style help make your home truly one of a kind. Hardwood also increases the value of a home. Typically many new homeowners buy a house and the first thing they do is take out the carpeting and replace it with hardwood, whereas hardwood is often times a reason the home is bought in the first place!
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