If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you know how picky homebuyers are about home flooring.
When pulling up carpet doesn’t reveal hardwood flooring, they plan to install it. And they turn their nose up at the mention of new home flooring that’s vinyl or laminate.
All that’s pretty understandable considering the appearance of hardwood. No other surface is quite as attractive as solid wood floors. And hardwood flooring benefits homeowners in more ways than one.
Let’s take a look at what makes hardwoods such a big deal.
1. Hardwood Flooring Is Durable
Many people think there’s a cheaper home flooring material that resembles hardwood. That may be true but the difference becomes obvious over time. Hardwood floors can withstand far more wear and tear than laminate and tile.
Unlike carpet, hardwood floors aren’t pulled up and replaced once foot traffic takes its toll. When hardwoods get scuffed and scratched you can have them refinished to look like new. No other flooring guarantees the longevity of hardwood floors.
2. Hardwood Flooring Is Low Maintenance
When you have new home flooring installed you become obsessed with keeping it clean. With hardwoods that’s as simple as dusting or sweeping. But from time to time you’ll want to deep clean your wood floors for a real nice shine.
The easy maintenance of hardwoods makes them a better choice for families with kids and pets. Heavy foot traffic results in different debris on the floors of your home. Instead of lugging the vacuum, make light mopping part of your daily routine.
3. Hardwood Flooring Has Character and Style
The natural look of hardwood gives it the character that’s shown in each plank. Companies often apply a lumber end sealer to prevent checks and splits. But a few flaws in real wood add character.
The beauty of hardwoods is in the finishing and color. Their versatility lies in the type of wood, density, and cut you choose. And their variety of color options means there’s something to complement every décor.
4. Hardwood Flooring Is Classic
With hardwood floors, you can’t go wrong no matter what you choose. So whether you opt for whitewash, gray, or black, it’s no problem. You like oak, walnut, or mahogany, go for it.
Hardwood floors offer timeless beauty and nothing about them could ever go out of style. And because they’re so durable, you can install them in any room to add a touch of class. There’s not a style or color rug that hides its age that well.
5. Hardwood Flooring Sells Homes
Homebuyers want hardwood floors throughout most of their home. So if you’re remodeling to sell your house, use hardwood flooring.
The thought of living with a previous owner’s carpet excites no one. And who wants to spend time and money replacing carpet? Many people who don’t buy new construction still prefer a move-in-ready house.
Choosing New Home Flooring
The bottom line is this: you get what you pay for. Carpet, vinyl, and laminate flooring provide cheaper flooring alternatives. But opting for hardwoods for your new home flooring gives you a better return on your investment.
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