One of the biggest decisions, both in terms of the visual impact and the cost, when dealing with home building, upgrades or renovations revolve around the flooring of the house. If you are building your new home, or are re-doing the interiors of the existing one, the flooring option you go for can have a big impact on the overall aesthetics of your home.
What makes this decision a tough one is the number of options available from which you need to choose. You need to minutely assess the pros and cons of all options, such as hardwood, engineered wood, carpets, tiles, stones and every other option available to you.
While all come with their own set of benefits and issues, the first step to reaching a decision is having all the information. Below, we list all the benefits of having hardwood flooring in your home.
1. Easy to clean
Unlike rugs and carpets, any kind of spills on a hardwood floor is easy to handle. You do not have to worry about permanent stains, and all you need is a soft cloth to wipe it all off. Also, hardwood floors are extremely easy to maintain because they can be swept, steam-cleaned or vacuumed. The best thing is, you don’t need a specialty vacuum to remove the dust like in case of carpets and area rugs.
One of the biggest reasons homeowners opt for hardwood flooring is because how durable they are. Of course they can also stretch or crack if not looked after, but they are way more long-lasting as compared to carpets. If you take all necessary precautions and do its maintenance in a timely manner, you can expect your hardwood flooring to easily last for decades.
3. Makes your home look better
A lot of people believe that wooden flooring makes your house look bigger than it is. While that may be subjective, what we can all agree with is that it does add more elegance and warmth to the feel of the house. Of course your furniture plays a big role in the overall feel of the house, but hardwood flooring is a great way to start for a great first impression.
4. Better air quality
For people who suffer from certain kinds of allergies, hardwood is most often not only the best option, but also their only option. Unlike carpets, hardwood flooring does not trap dust, pollen and animal hair in it. Wondering how hardwood floor wins against tiles too? Remember that tiles have grout lines too which is the perfect place for dust and pet hair to sit and collect. Thus, compared to all other flooring option, a home with hardwood flooring can expect to enjoy the best air quality if all other factors stay unchanged.
5. Improved acoustics
If you are an audiophile, we don’t even need to mention the above four benefits of hardwood flooring. Have you ever wondered why most dance and recording studios have wooden flooring? Hardwood flooring is great at absorbing vibrations, rendering a deeper and higher quality sound in the room.
6. Can be refinished
Firstly, unlike carpet, hardwood floors do not fade and lose their charm. Thus, it takes way longer for them to look old and used as compared to carpets. And even when they do start looking a little worn out, it is very easy to refinish them. Refinishing your wooden flooring will end up making them look like new, as if they were newly bought and recently installed.
Keeping all those things in mind, it is obvious that over time, you will spend a lot less on your hardwood flooring as compared to carpets. And remember that they are versatile enough to compliment any kind of furniture and colour that you opt for your rooms.