The Easy Guide to Hardwood Floors: Pros & Cons
Hardwood floors are gorgeous and can go along with pretty much any style that you choose for your room. But while they have been a popular choice for hundreds of years, they require lots of attention and care and are not suitable for all climates and environments.
How can you decide if hardwood floors are the right match for your house, then? Let us help! We made a list of the most important pros and cons that people face when installing and living with wooden floors, from the price to the maintenance cost and everything in between.
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of wood flooring.
- While they tend to cost quite a bit of time and money to install, wood floors are considered an investment and tend to increase the value of any property. Not only do real estate buyers consider them to be an upgrade, but houses with hardwood floors are faster sellers than houses with carpeting.
- Hardwood flooring is easy to maintain and repair, which is a good thing since there are several ways it can be damaged. Things like gaps between boards and scratches can either correct themselves or be repaired with a home kit. It can also be sanded and stained several times over its lifetime without looking bad at all.
- A properly maintained hardwood floor will not only last for far longer than many other materials but also remain beautiful and even gain more “character” as time goes by. It’s not surprising to find a home or building that’s over 100 years old and still has the original wood flooring intact.
- Wood flooring works well with any type of look, from the classic to the modern, thanks to the variety of colors and finishes yo can choose from. It’s also really versatile, as it allows for combinations with large and small area rugs, which can give the room a whole new look for cheap.
- While it depends on what type of finish it has, cleaning your hardwood floor is super easy! A quick once-over with a microfiber dry mop, a sweeper and dustpan, or a gentle vacuum cleaner, and you’re set. Just remember to never let it get wet, even if properly sealed.
- If you leave in a cold region, wood flooring is a great option because it is warmer than other materials. It also provides a better grip, so it feels smoother when you walk on it.
- There’s so much variety to choose from! Not only can you pick the type of wood, like cherry, oak, maple, and walnut, just to name a few, but you can also have it sanded or stained to match exactly what you’re envisioning for the rooms it’s going in.
- Due to its longevity and because wood is a renewable material, hardwood floors are one of the most environmentally friendly options for your house, depending on the source of your planks.
- Hardwood floors are considered higher-end—and therefore more expensive—than other types of flooring and the cost of the installation and materials reflect that, not to mention that it has to be installed over sub-flooring, meaning the price can go above most people’s budgets. There is no cap since the price depends on how rare the harvested trees are and how delicate it is to install.
- These type of floor is not suitable for areas with high environmental moisture or where the temperature rises and drops dramatically since it can weaken and warp the wood over time. In places with very hot summer and cold winters, the expansion joints that have to be provided during installation make it even more expensive.
- Wood is not ideal for households with small children or pets, as it scratches and dents easily. While it can be repaired quickly, the cost or tiredness from the effort can add up quickly.
- Wood is incompatible with water, and spills should be attended immediately or the moisture will cause damage, such as swelling or staining, which can’t be repaired as easily and can give the whole floor a bad look.
- Hardwood floors are prone to infestations from termites and a few other pests, so you have to be on the lookout constantly, and the damage they cause can effectively ruin entire sections of the room.
- While it contributes to its good look, the constant need for wood to be re-polished can be a turn off for some homeowners, since it means an investment of time and money.
- You can’t sneak around for a midnight snack! Any noise is amplified several times in a room with hardwood floors, some that you may have not even noticed before. Also, as it gets older, wooden floors tend to creak (although that can also be prevented or repaired).
- Constant exposure to unfiltered sunlight can cause the wood to look dull or faded. The same goes for cleaning it improperly or using chemical-based cleaners that are either too concentrated or abrasive.
We hope that knowing the pros and cons of wood flooring will help you clarify if they’re right for your home, or if you might have to look elsewhere to renovate your home. Consider that the pros can outweigh the cons several times over if you’re willing to put in the time and money to keep your floor in good shape, but whatever you decide, don’t forget that the rest of your room should look just as good as your floor, so why not give those walls a new look first?