When choosing a floor material for your home there are a variety of choices available. You may opt for the old school look of laminate or tile, choose from a plethora of carpets, go high elegance and use a natural stone, or pic a timeless material such as hardwood floors. And, while all of these are good choices, and you can count on one of them fitting your budget better than others, the latest trends in home builds and remodels is that of hardwood flooring.
In fact, many homeowners are taking the plunge and pulling up a corner of carpet with hopes that the floor beneath is a useable hardwood. In the instances where it is not, they often make the choice to have a beautiful hardwood floor installed. But what is the fascination with hardwood floors? If you find yourself asking this question, then consider these benefits of hardwood flooring: Hardwood floors can be refinished when it gets older, damaged, or if you just want a new color rather than needing to be replaced. When you have carpet or vinyl flooring, you get one solid color. Because wood grains vary, and are rich in swirls and shading you get a unique design with no repeated patterning. Better yet, the color and shading will not fade with age. Hardwood floors add more value to your home. Carpet is seen as dated, collects germs and dust and can be stained, none of these are an issue with hardwood floors. Wood is a sustainable resource, making it an environmentally friendly choice. Also, because they are not dust collectors, wood floors mean it is easier to breathe in your home or office. Wood flooring requires little maintenance. They do not require a vacuum, do not have to replaced and never go out of style. Better yet, a soft dust mop and broom are all that is needed to keep them looking great. As mentioned, wood floor do not trap dust, allergens, animal dander, pollen or other particulates, but rather actually increase the air quality in your home. Sure, tiles and laminate may not absorb these items as much as carpet will, but they typically have grout lines and embossing which attracts those unwanted particles. Wood floors have better acoustics, so if looking for a the perfect flor for your home theatre, this is the perfect choice. Wood floors are extremely durable. Yes, they can be damaged, dented, or scratched, but it takes a great deal of force to do it. Should such force happen and you need to make a “repair”, it can be done with sanding, re-staining, or simple spot cleaning. Hardwood floors are a great choice for any room design. It can be strained, laid in at a unique angle, and most of all is easy to care for. So, if you find yourself in the position of changing the look of your home’s floor space, why not talk to a local builder about hardwood floor choices? You just might be surprised at the new looks available.