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Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

 

Hard woodHardwood flooring can be a large investment for your home or office but it may be worth it depending on the environment, space, and purpose. Here are a few possible positives and negatives to hardwood floors so you can make a decision that is right for your home.

Pros

Easy Cleaning

Cleaning hardwood floors is relatively easy. You simply sweep and then polish. Just be sure to do so with 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 you may want to 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 while trying to clean up.

Elegant and Simple

Hardwood floors look amazing almost anywhere and come in thousands of different finishes. Depending on the theme of your home or what sort of weather environment you are in you can have light or rich hard wood floors that will make your home warm and inviting.

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.

Cons

Potential Warp

Depending on the weather conditions and 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 will 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, marred, and chipped if not given the best finish or cared for correctly. Be sure to polish your hard floors regularly and keep them clean. Otherwise they may become brittle and cracked with time.

There are a few of the benefits and consequences for hardwood floors. Before you decide be sure to also research possible carpenters and contractors who will install hardwood for you. Be sure to read reviews and testimonials to make sure they are reliable and knowledgeable. This will save you a headache down the road.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com