Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring

June 7, 2016

Hardwood floors are definitely very beautiful and come with a lot of advantages, but they do have their drawbacks as well. It is very important to consider both the advantages and drawbacks before you choose them for your custom home. Here are a few possible pros and cons of hardwood flooring so you can make a decision that is right for your home:

Pros of Hardwood Flooring

Easy Cleaning

Cleaning hardwood floors is relatively easy. You simply sweep or vacuum once a week and then polish. If you do happen to spill something on your hardwood floors, you do not have to panic. Spills can be cleaned up very easily and they will not leave any stains, as long as they are cleaned up in a timely manner.

When polishing, be sure to wear shoes with sturdy soles so you do not slip. Try to do this during the day when the family is not home all at once. Otherwise, it can be pandemonium. If you want to avoid the slipping and sliding that can come with polish, you can always opt for a dust mop like a dry Swiffer. They will capture the dust without leaving a slippery trail like polish. You still want to do this while the family it at school or work. That way, you don’t have to deal with muddy shoes or wandering feet while trying to clean up.

Elegant and Simple

Hardwood floors look amazing almost anywhere and come in thousands of different finishes. They definitely look beautiful and tend to go with just about any room in your home. Depending on the theme of your home or what sort of weather environment you are in, you can have light or rich hardwood floors that will make your home warm and inviting.

Durability and Allergy Relief

Another great aspect of hardwood floors is that they are very durable. When you get hardwood floors installed, you do not have to worry about them wearing down in a few years. In fact, if you take proper care of your hardwood floors, they might even last you a lifetime.

You can also go green with hardwood. Most carpets are made with harmful chemicals that can irritate sinuses or the skin. Now, many contractors offer finishes that are organic and sustainable. You can also use reclaimed or recycled wood for your floors, which are better for the planet. Talk to possible contractors about their greener options. It may actually save you money on your bottom line and in the long run.

In addition to the overall durability and sustainability, hardwood floors can also provide some allergy relief over other flooring options, like carpet. Carpets and rugs tend to trap dirt, dust, and pet dander, which can be a major irritation for allergy-sufferers. Over time, even the best vacuum can’t remove it all. With hardwood flooring, allergens stay on the surface and can easily be cleaned up and removed.

Cons of Hardwood Flooring

Potential Warp

Depending on the weather conditions and the environment outside the home, your floor may have the potential to warp and swell as the seasons go by. You may be able to find a finish that will prevent this, but in moist climates in states, like Vermont or Washington, it can be unavoidable. The same can be said of desert climates. While they may not warp, they can become brittle and splintered if not taken care of properly. Again, a finish may be the saving grace for your wood floors, but is not always guaranteed.

Wear and Tear

As time goes on your floors may become stained or chipped if not given the best finish or cared for correctly. Be sure to polish your hardwood floors regularly and keep them clean. Otherwise, they may become brittle and cracked with time.

Cold and Loud

Hardwood floors can be cold on your feet in the winter. There are heating systems that can help with this. Good insulation on your home is a start and radiant floor heating will definitely warm up the floor. If you don’t have radiant floor heating, you may want to don a pair of socks or slippers to keep your feet warm in the winter. 

Hardwood floors can also be very loud. When you walk on the hardwood, there is nothing to help cushion or muffle the sound. It can be difficult to maintain a quiet atmosphere at home when you have hardwood flooring.

As you can see, there are definitely both pros and cons to hardwood floors. If you think that you can deal with the potentional drawbacks of hardwood flooring, then it could be the right flooring choice for your custom home.