Are Hardwood Floors Worth It?
If you have the budget, installing a hardwood floor is definitely worth it. Homeowners who upgrade to hardwood floors have a greater desire to be at home and 77% are more satisfied when they are there, according to a National Association of Realtors study. Further, hardwood flooring has the best return on investment of any flooring type.
Last Updated: June 12, 2023, by: Jamie Sandford
Hardwood flooring remains super-popular and for good reason, aside from the natural beauty and durability, hardwood flooring is still somewhat easy for a DIY’er to install if they are willing to learn a few carpentry skills and not afraid to get their hands dirty!
Here’s a look at the 5 reasons why hardwood flooring is still one of the best choices for most homes.
1. HARDWOOD FLOORING GOES ANYWHERE
This is a versatile flooring. Solid hardwood is a good choice for main living areas, kitchens, dens and offices. Engineered wood flooring can be used in bathrooms and basements because it is more water-resistant.
2. HARDWOOD FLOORS WEAR WELL
Hardwood flooring handles heavy foot traffic, children and toys, and even dogs if they’re not too heavy. With a quality sealer and protective coat, along with normal maintenance and cleaning, hardwood floors will look great for many years. A seriously durable flooring option.
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3. HARDWOOD FLOORS ARE EASY TO CARE FOR
Sweeping and mopping with a damp mop are all you need for general wood floor cleaning and maintenance. Spot cleaning can be done with gentle cleaners made for hardwood flooring. You can even vacuum hardwood floors, but choose a vacuum without a beater bar or one with a hard floor mode that doesn’t engage the bar.
4. HARWOOD FLOORS CAN BE REFINISHED
Solid hardwood floors can be refinished 5-7 times before they need to be replaced. Therefore, their lifespan can extend to 100 years or more. Even many engineered wood floors can be refinished at least once. If you compare the total cost of hardwood flooring over 50 years with other types that need to be replaced every 3-10 years, the cost is quite competitive.
5. HARDWOOD FLOORS DON’T HARBOR ALLERGENS
Carpet flooring options can be tough on those with allergies or asthma. It traps dust, dander and other allergens that can make breathing difficult. Hardwood floors are easy to clean, and allergens can be removed quickly with a slightly damp mop.
Hardwood floors bring quality, warmth and elegance to any home. These 5 reasons for using hardwood floors in your home should help you decide if they are the right choice for you.
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About the Author: Jamie Sandford
Jamie Sandford is the Owner and Chief Editor of Home Flooring Pros (find out more). After 12 years’ experience in screen and stage set construction, followed by a further 15 years working in the home renovation/remodeling business, he now writes and curates online home improvement advice.
“Buying and installing home flooring should be a fairly straightforward process, but often it isn’t. After more than 15 years experience in home flooring and remodeling, I started Home Flooring Pros in 2013 to help homeowners navigate the often-over complicated process of choosing, buying and installing a home floor. The aim is to save you time and money by helping you to make better floor buying decisions.”