Whether you're refurbishing and looking to install wood floors or you've recently bought a home with wood floors and aren’t sure whether to embrace them or cover them, among many other reasons, it can be hard to decide if wood floors are the right choice for your home. This guide will help you determine the pros and cons of having hardwood floors.
Pros of hardwood flooring
- Easy to maintain - Hardwood floors are durable and have stood the test of time. Homes that are more than 100 years old can still have the original flooring if they have been cared for properly.
- Easy to clean - Hard wood floors are very easy to clean as they do not accumulate a lot of dirt, dust, and debris. A weekly cleaning procedure involves vacuuming, moping and keeping the floor dry. That's it!
- Return on investment - Choosing hard wood floors increases the value of your property. It is a great long-term investment and can actually become a strong resale argument, exceeding the initial installation cost of the floors. It also enables a faster sale and brings higher prices at the time of resale.
- Range of styles - Hardwood flooring works with all styles of decorating, from traditional to modern. It is available in several types of woods, such as oak, cherry and walnut, and can be sanded and stained to suit the home owner’s taste. When your style changes, you also can change the look of your hardwood floors.
- Lifespan - Hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished multiple times
- Allergies - If you've got issues with allergies, such as dust, hardwood floors can really help keep them under control. This is because hardwood floors do not collect dust and other allergens like carpeting might.
Cons of hardwood flooring
- Vulnerable to moisture and humidity - Without taking the right precautions a wood floor can become vulnerable to moisture and humidity. This can then lead to the floor boards warping which will require further maintenance and finishing.
- Higher cost - Hardwood flooring is made from harvested trees and depending on how exotic the trees are will depict the pricing. Hardwood is considerably higher to buy and to install.
- Need to re-finish - Although hardwood floors are easy to maintain, they require frequent refinishing, to ensure that their shine lasts for a long time. It is especially applicable for scuffed and scratched floors.