As a homeowner, one of the most important decisions you’ll make when designing or remodeling your home is what type of flooring to install.
The right flooring will give your home a lot of personality and can even increase the value of your home.
A popular choice – especially in recent years – is hardwood flooring.
But is this option right for your home and choice of décor?
The Benefits of Investing in Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floors are lovely. They add a level of sophistication to a home that most homeowners want and that home buyers are looking for.
But is this type of flooring really worth the investment? Here are some reasons why you should consider splurging on wood flooring.
- They can add value to your home.
- They’re easy to care for and clean.
- They’re great for people with allergies.
- You can bring new life to old hardwood with refinishing.
- They age better than carpeting and last a really long time.
- Oftentimes, they’re more environmentally friendly than carpeting.
But It’s Cold Here – Don’t I Need Carpet?
Many people will argue that if you live in a cold part of the country you need to have carpeted floors. The carpet can help insulate the warmth from your wood-burning stove or heater. And there’s nothing like putting your feet onto lush, luxuriously thick carpeting – especially on a cold day.
But what if you’re not a fan of carpeting? What if you want every floor to be a beautiful, sophisticated hardwood? Are you doomed to freeze every winter?
Fortunately, there’s hope for all you hardwood floor lovers out there.
- Make sure you’re well-insulated. You want to keep the warmth inside the home!
- Add some area rugs. The rugs are more comfortable for your chilly bare feet, plus they add an extra layer of insulation.
- Refinish your floors. If your floors get exceptionally cold in the winter it might be a sign it’s time to refinish them.
- Try radiant heat. Underwood flooring in at least one room (like the bathroom) will make your home and feet nice and toasty.
Should You Go for Engineered Hardwood? The Pros and Cons
Solid hardwood can be expensive. So you can imagine how excited people were upon the introduction of engineered hardwood onto the marketplace.
But is this type of flooring worth the investment? After all, as affordable as it is, the cost isn’t going to be negligible.
Engineered wood floors can look, feel, and function like some of the more expensive products on the market. However, before you make a purchase, take a look at some of the pros and cons of this type of flooring.
The Pros of Engineered Hardwood
This type of wood flooring is popular because it’s made up of several layers. The top layer is a veneer, which can look like just about any type of wood you desire. Whatever your color palate or style sensibilities – there’s a veneer to fit it.
Because this engineered flooring is made up of several layers it’s extremely durable and blocks out moisture. With traditional hardwood flooring, water makes the wood buckle, swell, and/or warp. This is not the case with engineered wood. And that makes it a low-maintenance flooring option.
If you want to do your part for the environment, this might be the best option. Sawdust isn’t created when the laminate is cut, meaning that all of the wood is used.
Engineered Wood Floors – The Cons
While engineered wood floors can be more affordable, it can be more expensive than laminate, carpet, or tile. So, if you’re looking for the cheapest option, you may want to choose something other than engineered wood.
Another downside of this flooring material is that you can’t always refinish the floors. Depending on the brand/manufacturer, the top layer may be so thin that you can’t sand and refinish it. Refinishing is a step that is taken to extend the life of the flooring.
While quality veneers don’t tend to warp, swell, or fade, poorly constructed ones can. This is one of the reasons why you want to avoid going for the cheapest wood floor option.
Quality Hardwood Floors Will Look Stunning for Years to Come
When it comes to wood flooring, the most important decision you make won’t be the wood grain or color – it’s the quality of the material you choose.
Quality materials will always take your home up a notch when it comes to sophistication. And don’t forget the fact that they’ll increase the value of your home.
When making your wood flooring purchase, quality should be your number one priority. If it is, you’ll feel confident knowing that you’re putting your money to good use. Why? It’s because you’re actually investing in the future of your home. Exceptional flooring will last – and it will look great for years to come.