If you are refurbishing your home or office and the flooring is one area you plan to work on, you should be considering hardwood flooring. The installation is costlier than other flooring options, but what with a range of colors, grain patterns and finishes, it worth every penny spent.
Yes, we can already hear you asking – Why hardwood?
So, without wasting time any further, let’s list out the benefits of hardwood.
There is something about the look of wood that enhances the beauty of hardwood as a flooring option. It’s aged and distressed appearance and rustic feel lend a sense of warmth to the ambience. The natural scrapes, marks and wear patterns add character to the flooring.
Hardwood is easy to integrate into the décor of any room and that it one of its many advantages. It can be used in traditional as well as strictly modern interior décor styles. Hardwood pairs well with chrome and glass creating an ultra-chic, modern design theme.
Not only this, with hand-scraped hardwood flooring, you can create a custom look for your room. Above all, it is timeless. It is a home decorating style that is here to stay.
Hardwood floors including solid, engineered and acrylic floors are constructed to be tough and strong. They are layered over plywood or injected with high tensile strength acrylic solutions reinforcing structural strength. Thus, the chances of it getting dented and scratched are fewer. Also, if it does get damaged, the flooring can be sanded, smoothed and refinished. Features such as anti-scratch layers and aluminum oxide layers further raise its durability. If looked after well, hardwood flooring can last up to 20 years.
The ease of maintenance is another of the benefits of hardwood flooring. Regular cleaning including sweeping and vacuuming will take care of dust and dirt. You can also wipe the floor clean with a damp mop of wood cleaner. Make sure the wiping cloth is not soaking or dripping wet as excess moisture is not healthy for wood surfaces.
Dust can trigger severe allergies. Since hardwood flooring does not trap dust mites, mold, pollen and other allergens, it is a great option in homes and offices with allergy sufferers. The improved air quality creates for a healthier living and working environment. Allergy sufferers can bank on this benefit of hardwood flooring.
Given the timeless appeal and high durability, hardwood flooring increases the resale value of your home. Real estate agents state that homes fitted with this type of flooring sell twice as faster than others. Now, that’s another reason why hardwood.
When choosing hardwood flooring, you are spoilt for choice. There are different colors, sizes and styles that you can choose from to reflect your personal style and taste. There is a wide range of species – Mahogany, Maple, Red Oak, Teak, Cherry, Beech, Cypress and Bamboo. In terms of arrangement, you have three dominant styles – strip, plank and parquet. Parquet looks creative arranged in geometric patterns. To add, you can use prefinished or unfinished formats. For the latter, you can finish it off with the desired stain.
The choice of hardwood color, grain pattern, positioning style depends on where you want to lay it out and also the other design elements in the room. For instance, lighter colors show dirt easily, but brighten up a small room and create an illusion of a larger space.
The cost is another benefit of hardwood. Fitting hardwood flooring is expensive upfront, but cost-saving in the long run. The fact that it can be repaired easily saves costs of replacement.