Solid wood flooring is an extremely popular flooring material and is appreciated by almost everyone. The natural beauty and warmth of hardwood flooring is easy to appreciate, but there's more than just its looks. Consider the flooring features of hardwood flooring:
Solid wood flooring lasts for many years
Durability and recovery are two significant benefits of hardwood flooring. In fact, solid wood flooring can last about 20-30 years. It might even outlast your stay in your home.
Another, more prominent characteristic of solid hardwood flooring is its ability to be sanded and refinished. Since each plank is made completely of hardwood, professionals can basically sand off the top layer to create a new one.
The surface of hardwood planks can be sanded and refinished multiple times. Sanding and refinishing aren't free, but they're only necessary once every 5-10 years and are well worth extending the life of your hardwood flooring.
The main threats to hardwood are scratching and moisture absorption. These days, however, there are many great sealants that can protect almost any flooring material. You'll want to have your solid hardwood flooring sealed. It will last about 2-3 years, protecting from wear and tear along the way and preventing moisture from seeping to the core.
Certain factors affect the lifespan of your solid wood flooring. Pets can cause scratching, and wet environments can cause curling or cupping. Just be careful of these things and your flooring should stay in great shape!
-Don't steam clean
-Clean spills immediately
-Seal your flooring
-Use the wood flooring feature on your vacuum when cleaning the surface
There are many beautiful types of wood flooring to choose from
Wood comes in all types and shades. There’s maple, oak, ash, bamboo, cherry, walnut, and many more. All of these types can be used as flooring! The look of your flooring will depend on which type you select, but it’s hard to go wrong no matter which type you choose.
Cherry and walnut are two of the most expensive types of wood. Both offer very unique looks. Cherry has a slight burgundy colors to it (hence its name), while walnut looks like a more casual, natural wood.
Bamboo is one of the most durable flooring options. There’s a reason it’s used as a building, fencing, and for agricultural material. Bamboo is quite reliable and completely eco-friendly. For these reasons, more and more homes are choosing it for their flooring.
Each type of hardwood will always be a bit different from the others, but they all share the outstanding characteristics of durability and elegance. They all have unique, natural stains that adds character. You and everyone who walks through your door will love your elegant flooring.
Other floors don’t offer the same versatility as hardwood. Natural stone might match or exceed hardwood’s versatility; however, tile, laminate, vinyl plank and carpet fall short.
Your home's value will increase
Hardwood is one of the few types of flooring that will truly affect your home's resale value. Hand-scraped hardwood is as popular as ever. Just as homebuyers love granite countertops, they also love solid wood flooring.
It doesn’t make sense to have solid wood flooring installed just because you're getting ready to sell your home. The cost of purchase and installation will outweigh the added value. That being said, purchasing and installing a wood floor for long-term benefit will improve your home now, 10 years from now, and will add value to it whenever you do decide to sell.
Will a hardwood floor add $10,000 to a home's resale value? Not exactly, but it will definitely help. Obviously, the better the condition of the flooring and the fewer number of times it’s been refinished, the more it'll add to the estimated resale value.
When the time comes, you'll be saving the new home buyer the hassle of installing new flooring. You’ll also be saving the buyer the time and effort for searching for flooring materials and reputable flooring companies. These factors tend to play into home buyers' decision-making.
Why choose solid wood flooring over all other flooring materials?
The terms hardwood and engineered hardwood are often used interchangeably. However, while they're both hardwood, they're not the same thing.
Engineered hardwood is a layered type of flooring. It has a polyurethane, veneer and plywood layer. The veneer is made of your choice of real hardwood, whether it's oak, maple, hickory, etc.
An engineered plank is not 100% hardwood like solid hardwood planks are. Since it's not 100% hardwood, it has a limit to sanding and refinishing. Often times, the hardwood veneer is so thin that it can be sanded and refinished only once or twice.
The look of an engineered hardwood floor is almost identical to actual hardwood, but the layered planks won't last as long.
Laminate and vinyl plank flooring are much more inexpensive than hardwood flooring, but they don't look as nice and don't last as long. Additionally, neither laminate nor vinyl include real hardwood flooring in their composition.
As for the non-wood flooring options, or the ones that don't imitate wood, tile and stone flooring have their specialties the same way hardwood does. Tile is hard to damage, as it can withstand heavy impacts and high moisture levels. Tile is functional, but it's not as elegant as hardwood flooring.
Stone looks good pretty much anywhere in a home. Many people prefer stone flooring, such as marble, travertine, and granite, since they're strong. While that is true, they cost more than hardwood flooring. Blemishes to stone are also more visible than blemished to wood.
Nadine Floor Company
To find the best wood flooring options for your home, visit Nadine Floor Company. You’ll see all of the flooring options we've mentioned above.
Additionally, you can benefit from of our professional installation services. We’ll visit your home to complete an estimate and schedule a date for installation if you so choose. Flooring installation, especially hardwood, is tricky. You’ll be saving a ton of time and giving your home an even better look by having your wood flooring installed by professionals.
Nadine Floor Company always has deals available for customers to take advantage of. You’ll also find specials on porcelain tile, hardwood laminate and granite.
We are here to make your home look better at an affordable price. Come speak with one of our many flooring experts and we’ll talk you through any type of flooring that you're interested in and schedule the installation date. Feel free to message us directly through our website to get started!