3 Reasons Why You Should Have Hardwood Flooring In Your House

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If you have hardwood floors hidden underneath your carpeting, you may want to consider going back to the original flooring in your home. Hardwood flooring has many benefits to you as a homeowner that you may not have been aware of.

Minimal Maintenance

When compared to other flooring options like carpeting, hardwood flooring does not require much maintenance over the years in comparison. While carpeting has to be replaced every so often due to everyday wear and tear, hardwood can last a lifetime with some simple maintenance.

While carpeting will require removing tough stains, and hiring a professional carpet cleaner to come in and do it, you won't have a similar problem with hardwood. Spills on the surface are easy to wipe up, and washing a hardwood floor is simple to do yourself with a water and vinegar mixture.

Home Marketability

When a potential homebuyer is looking for a house, one of the things they look for is hardwood flooring. You definitely don't want to cover up those beautiful hardwood floors if you have them, especially since a new owner can always add carpeting later with minimal work if they really want to.

With 54% of homebuyers willing to pay more for a home that has hardwood flooring, the odds are definitely in your favor of seeing a return on your investment with hardwood floors.

Healthier Home

Every home has to deal with allergens, pet dander, pollen, and dust bunnies, but they will be very easy to clean if you have hardwood flooring rather than carpeting. This is because hardwood does not provide anything that lets these things settle into. With carpeting, things get trapped in the carpet fibers, which make it difficult to both see and clean them. They will get kicked up into the air as people walk across the carpeting, which you eventually breathe in.

When having a new hardwood floor installed, consider using wood that has low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) if a loved one living with you has asthma. Hardwood can release VOCs into the air during the first couple of days after having the flooring installed, making it difficult for those with asthma. Using low VOC hardwood, or alternative living arrangements those first few days, are all you need to do.

If you still have questions about hardwood flooring in your house, ask a local hardwood flooring professional in your area, such as Apex Floor Coverings. They can walk you through the process of installing new hardwood, or refinishing your existing hardwood, and give you a price quote.

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31 March 2015

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