What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Hardwood Flooring

When you have hardwood flooring installed, there are just as many advantages as disadvantages of having this type of floor. One main advantages of having this type of flooring is that it is very easy to maintain and clean because stains and dirt does not stick to it. Unlike carpet, whose color can fade in time, the color in the hardwood floor will remain the same for a long time. In addition, for people with allergies, hardwood floors do not hold stuff that can aggravate their allergies like carpet can.

With hardwood flooring you are not stuck with a certain color or shade because they have different natural patterns, with no two hardwood floors being exactly alike. This type of flooring is tough, strong, and even if you put or drop something heavy on the floor, you do not have to worry about it getting dented or scratched.

With hardwood floors, if you are tired of the color, you can sand and refinish them several times. Another big advantage is that if you decide to sell your home, hardwood floors will increase the value of your home and help the home to sell faster. It is very versatile and can be used with any type of décor or style. A home owner can choose to buy the more expensive looking hard woods such as walnut, cherry, or oak, but if you do, these are not the woods you would want to sand and refinish.

Of course, there are the disadvantages of having this type of flooring. The biggest disadvantage is the expense because only natural materials are used and people with a limited budget may not be able to afford hardwood flooring. Since it is a bit time-consuming to install since they have to be laid in strips. Most people have it professionally installed, so there is another added expense. Hardwood flooring can be swept and damp mopped or cleaned with a wood floor cleaner but over time it will loose its shine so that means that you have to wax it using a special machine.

Unfortunately, hardwood flooring can become slippery, making it a little dangerous to walk on in sock feet. Also, if you do choose the hard woods such as oak, you are going to want to make sure that it is kept waxed so it will maintain its look so this type of wood needs extra special care. Unfortunately wood flooring is very vulnerable to humidity and moisture, which can deteriorate the wood. This is why if you need to mop a spill from the floor, or do a general cleaning, make sure that the mop is just damp.

Wearing certain types of shoes can make walking across the hardwood floor noisy so if you want a home without much noise, then you are going to have the added expense of throw rugs in areas where the noise is the worse.

When you weigh out the advantages and disadvantages of having hardwood flooring, there are more advantages. If you can afford hardwood flooring, this would be the type of flooring to use.

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