Pros and Cons of Solid Hardwood Flooring — Your Flooring Guy

Pros and Cons of Solid Hardwood Flooring - Your Flooring Guy

Pros and Cons of Solid Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood floors are beautiful, timeless, and modern. Yet every type of floor has benefits and drawbacks.

Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of colors, shades, and sizes. You can chose an already finished hardwood floor product or go with an unfinished one. For unfinished hardwood there is the option of choosing the stain color that fits your needs, while the prefinished hardwood has the advantage of being final once the installation is finished.

Just like any other product, hardwood flooring has some advantages as well as some disadvantages. What are the pros and cons of solid hardwood flooring?

Here are several pros to owning solid hardwood floors:

1. They are an investment and will increase the property value. Carpet and linoleum are simply not as priceless as solid hardwood flooring. Homes and businesses with hardwood flooring are appraised higher than those without. Solid hardwood floors are valuable.

2. Tasteful, fashionable, stylish and can be individualized. Solid hardwood can be refinished to suit changing tastes of the consumer over the years. These floors can be sanded, stained and painted. Plus, there are many types of wood to choose from: cherry, walnut, pine, oak and more.

3. They effortlessly match existing interior decoration. Solid hardwood is much easier to match to existing furniture and accessories that are already in a space. Additionally, the installation of solid hardwood throughout a home or business links the different areas together creating a striking cohesiveness.

4. They are hygienic given that they are uncomplicated to clean. With simple and basic care, they can last for generations. Normally, they only need to be swept or vacuumed. Using a wood cleaner and mop will be beneficial as well. Spills can be cleaned easily and quickly. Spills and odors can become trapped in carpet fibers—sometimes permanently. Allergens and pollutants are not trapped by hardwood like they are with carpet.

5. Easy to repair. Solid hardwood is much easier to replace than laminate flooring. Hardwood flooring allows you to remove and replace any plank, even in the middle of the floor. For laminate, you need to remove the entire floor up to the closest wall.

Just like any other product, solid hardwood flooring has its cons:

1. They are loud, hard and cold compared to carpet—although not as cold as marble. Solid hardwood floors are not as quiet or warm as carpet, which absorbs sound and heat. High heels, pets and children are going to make a lot more noise on hardwood than on other types of floors. Both the noise and heat issues, however, can be remedied with the use of area rugs.

2. Pricey. Compared to other types of floors, solid hardwood is not cheap. Carpeting a room costs much less than buying solid hardwood and installing it.

3. They can be damaged and will require refinishing. While solid hardwood flooring is very sturdy, it is not indestructible. These floors can get scratched and dented from normal use and wear and tear. Pets’ nails can damage hardwood and moisture from spills can harm it. That harm will need refinishing services.

4. Natural movement. Hardwood flooring expands and contracts under natural conditions like temperature and humidity. You can eliminate the negative effects of this expansions and contractions by keeping a constant temperature inside your house throughout the year.

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