Choosing the best type of flooring for your indoor spaces can be challenging. You’ll have to take in consideration foot traffic, humidity level, the type of subfloors you have, the style of your home and whether or not you want the same flooring throughout your entire home or only in some of your indoor spaces. Fabricio Hardwood Floors installs several types of flooring in the Charlotte area and can help you with your decision, as well as share with your the benefits of wood floors.
The article below will provide some guidance on why you should consider having hardwood floors installed in your home. While installing solid wood floors is not recommended for all room types (not recommended for bathrooms and rooms with high level of humidity), compared to other flooring materials like carpet, vinyl and tile, hardwood floors comes with a lot of benefits. We go over 6 benefits of wood floors below.
One of the benefits of wood floors is warmth. Visually, solid wood floors automatically create a cozy and warm environment in an indoor space. This is not only because of the way solid wood floors feel when walking on them, it is also because of the warm brown colors and hues of the wood plank themselves.
Further, as compared to tile and vinyl flooring, hardwood floors feel warmer to the touch. While carpet does provide more warmth and cushioning, wood floor will provide all the warmth and comfort needed to enhance your experience when walking on your floors.
One main benefit of solid wood floors is that they can be refinished multiple times over their lifetime span. Every time wood floors are refinished, they are made to look new again or made to look entirely different depending on the results you are wanting to achieve. For example, if you have a traditional home with darker wood floors and want to modernize your indoor living spaces, you could have your floors refinished a lighter color to match the style change you are wanting to achieve. You won’t be able to achieve that level of transformation with tile, vinyl and carpet unless you rip them out and install new ones. Hardwood floors are very versatile in the sense that they can be made to match your home style from modern to contemporary and everything in between without having to change the flooring altogether.
Another of the benefits of wood floors is their durability. Wood floors will outlast carpet, vinyl and tile flooring. Depending on the wood specie you choose, some are more resistant to scratching and denting than others because they are denser and harder. Check our review of exotic wood species and domestic wood species to see what wood species are harder on the Janka Hardness scale.
Over time, just like any other types of flooring, wood floors might show some signs of wear and tear, but a simple sanding and buffing or refinishing can bring new life to your wood flooring. On the other end, the only way to bring new life to carpet, ceramic tile floors or vinyl floors is to replace them with new flooring altogether.
Wood flooring is the most durable flooring material and can last a lifetime and then some depending on how well the floors have been maintained. As can be witnessed in some homes dating back from the early 1900s and before, some flooring has passed the test of time and still look beautiful to this date with a natural patina.
Most people love hardwood floors and it’s a feature that sought after by home buyers. A home with hardwood floors that are in good condition is automatically a positive in the mind of home buyers. Hardwood floors have always been in demand and that’s not about to change. Hardwood floors, if well maintained, keep their value and it’s easy enough to make them look new again with a sanding and buffing service or a refinishing service. You won’t be able to do that with tile, vinyl or carpet. Once those are worn, you’ll need to rip them out and change them for something else. Over a lifetime, this can add up to be more expensive than wood floors (and definitely more of an inconvenience).
Indoor Air Quality
Wood is one of the best type of hypoallergenic flooring materials available. If you or your family members are prone to allergies, solid wood floors is good option especially in bedrooms, living rooms and office areas. This is especially relevant when comparing wood floors and carpet as flooring options of bedrooms. Carpet traps dust mites and dirt. Overtime, those dusts mites get pulled into the HVAC system and recirculated within the house which affects air quality. If you have asthma or allergies, you should definitely stay away from carpeting as it harbors all kind of dust material. With hardwood floors, dust, dirt and allergens don’t get trapped in fibers and can easily be picked by vacuuming or a dust buster, hence creating an environment with much cleaner air.
Last, but not least, one of the benefits of wood floors is that they don’t require too much maintenance. Upkeep, cleaning and maintenance with hardwood floor are minimum, especially if the wood floors are sealed regularly. Wiping a spill promptly after it happens won’t leave a stain or residue on hardwood floors. On the other end, carpet, even if stain resistant, and tile grout can be difficult to clean and keep clean.
If you live near Charlotte and are interested in having hardwood floors installed in your home, call Fabricio Hardwood Floors today at (704) 774-7882. We are a five-star, reputable wood floor installation company with lots of experience with hardwood floors. We installed an average of 60,000 square feet of wood flooring every month. See some of our work here.