Hardwood flooring in popular species such as maple, cherry, and hickory can add appeal, class, and value to your Ottawa area home. But is hardwood flooring right for every situation and housing type? Here are some pros and cons of adding hardwood floors to your house or condo from the team at Floor Coverings International Ottawa East.
Hardwood Flooring Pros
Let’s start with the positive, since hardwood flooring has so many advantages. Hardwood flooring is among the most beautiful flooring choices, with a great variety of colors and finishes to choose from. From dark mahogany to light birch, there’s something to match almost every taste and decor. Hardwood flooring is also a classic look that can appeal to potential homebuyers down the road. Resale value should be a factor in any major home renovation you undertake, whether you’re planning on staying in your home long term or not.
Hardwood floors are also easy to keep clean. A quick sweep or mop, and all of the dust and dirt that accumulates on all kinds of flooring is gone from a hardwood floor. This factor is especially important to those who suffer from allergies, as dust and dirt can be allergy triggers. Being able to see and easily remove these environmental allergens can go a long way toward allergy control and better health.
Finally, while hardwood floors are generally fairly tough and resist dings and scratches, eventually they will show their age. When that happens and your hardwood floors are not looking up to snuff, they can be sanded down and refinished for a refreshed look. Depending on the thickness of the hardwood, this can be done multiple times over the hardwood floor’s lifetime.
So, where are the best places for hardwood floors in your home? That’s another advantage of this type of flooring: they can be put in a wide variety of areas, from common areas such as kitchens and living rooms to bedrooms and hallways.
Hardwood Flooring Cons
However, that leads to a disadvantage of hardwood floors: they are not suitable for potentially damp areas, such as bathrooms and basements. Wood and water are not a good mix. Better flooring choices for these areas include ceramic or porcelain tile or manufactured or laminate flooring, as these are more impervious to water.
Another con to hardwood floors is that they can be noisy when walked on, which is especially troublesome in multi-family home situations. Without area rugs to muffle the sound, every footfall and heel click you and your guests create can echo throughout the home. Also, the acoustics in rooms can be off.
The hardness of a hardwood floor as opposed to carpet can be a disadvantage to families with young children or older adults who are less steady on their feet and likely to fall. In these cases, more cushioning, in the form of an area rug, may help.
Finally, while hardwood flooring is a classic look with broad-based appeal, it’s not for everyone. Personal taste and the style of your home or condo can help determine whether hardwood floors are right for you.
Contact the flooring experts from Floor Coverings International Ottawa East to learn more about hardwood flooring.
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