is already a popular material, and it’s already appealing to homeowners. The natural beauty and coziness of hardwood flooring is easy to appreciate, but there’s much more than what meets the eye.
Consider the following benefits of solid wood flooring:
Solid wood flooring will last quite a long time
Durability and the ability to be refinished are two major benefits of solid wood flooring. Wood flooring
is expected to last about 20-30 years. In fact, it may well outlast your stay in your home.
Perhaps the most important feature of solid wood flooring is it’s ability to be sanded and refinished. Since each plank is made comepletely of hardwood, professionals can just sand off the top layer in order to create a new one. Furthermore, the worn down layer will be completely removed by sanding.
Solid wood flooring can be sanded and refinished multiple times. Sanding and refinishing does cost money, but are only needed every 5-10 years and are worth extending the liespan of your hardwood flooring.
The main threats to hardwood flooring are scratching and moisture absorption. Thankfully, these days there are many great sealants available to help protect your solid wood flooring. You will want your solid wood flooring to be sealed. The sealant will last 2-3 years, guarding against wear and tear while also preventing moisture from seeping to the bottom of the plank.
Various factors affect the life of your wood floor. Pets can cause scratching, and moist environments can cause curling or cupping. Make sure to protect against these issues and you should be fine!
- Don’t steam clean
- Wipe up spills right away
- Seal your flooring
- Use the hardwood setting on your vacuum when cleaning your floors
There are so many attractive wood flooring types to choose from
Wood comes in many different shades and species. There’s maple, oak, ash, bamboo, cherry, and walnut, just to name a few. Each type of wood can be used to make a floor! The look of your flooring will depend on which type of wood you choose, but it’s hard to go wrong with so many great options to choose from!
Cherry and walnut are two of the most expensive species of wood. Both offer a bold, yet soothing look. Cherry has a slight burgundy color to it (hence its name), while walnut looks much more natural.
Bamboo is perhaps the most durable of wood flooring options. There’s a reason it’s used as a building material, fencing material, and for agricultural purposes. Bamboo is quite durable and is 100% eco-friendly. Due to this, more and more homes are choosing it for their flooring.
While all species of hardwood exhibit different features, all share their beautiful and durable qualities. They each have different colors and stains that give them their character. Your guests will be in awe of your beautiful flooring.
No other material offers the beauty and versatility of solid wood flooring.
Your home’s value will increase
Hardwood is one of the few types of flooring that is sure to increase your home’s resale value. Solid hardwood is as popular as ever. Homebuyers love granite countertops, they love solid wood flooring!
It doesn’t make sense for you to have solid wood flooring installed just because you’re selling your home. The cost of materials and installation will exceed the added value to your home, so your shouldn’t install it just because you’re selling. That being said, buying and installing solid wood flooring for long-term benefit will improve your home now, 10 years from now, and will add value to it whenever you decide to sell your home.
While hardwood flooring won’t add tens of thousands of dollars to your home, it will certainly help. Obviously, the better the condition of your flooring and the less it’s been sanded and refinished, the more the added value.
By having solid wood flooring already installed, you’ll be saving a homebuyer’s time and money, which will definitely play into their decision to buy your home.
Why choose solid wood flooring over other flooring materials?
Hardwood and engineered hardwood are sometimes used interchangeably. While both are “hardwood”, they’re not the same thing.
Engineered hardwood is layered flooring. It consists of a polyurethane layer, a veneer and a plywood layer. The veneer is made of hardwood of your choice, whether it’s oak, maple, hickory, etc.
An engineered plank isn’t 100% solid hardwood. Since it’s not, there’s a limit to how much sanding and refinishing can be done. Often times, the hardwood layer is so thin that it can only be refinished once or twice.
The look of an engineered hardwood floor is nearly identical to actual hardwood; however, the layered planks will not last as long.
Laminate and vinyl plank flooring are much cheaper than real hardwood, but they look cheaper and don’t last nearly as long. Additionally, they don’t contain any real hardwood.
As for the non-wood flooring materials or ones that don’t imitate wood, tile and stone flooring have their own advantages just as hardwood does. Tile is quite difficult to damage, since it can withstand heavy impacts and high volumes of moisture. Tile is great in terms of functionality, but it doesn’t have the appeal of solid wood flooring.
Stone looks good anywhere, really. In fact, many people say that stone flooring
, like marble
, and granite
, is the most appealing flooring material. While that might be true, it costs much more than hardwood. Blemishes to stone are also more apparent when compared to those to wood.
To fing the best solid wood flooring for your home, visit our Floors BLVD
. You’ll see all the types of wood that we mentioned, as well as tile, carpet and laminate flooring.
You can also benefit from our professional installation services. We’ll come complete and estimate and schedule a date for installation! Flooring installation, especially hardwood, can be tricky. You’ll be saving tons of time by having your flooring installed professionally.
Floors BLVD always has ongoing specials for our customers to benefit from. You’ll also find specials on porcelain tile, hardwood laminate and granite flooring as well.
We offer beautiful flooring options at affordable prices. Come speak with our flooring experts to learn more; we’ll answer any questions you might have!
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