The beauty of your home’s interiors is just as important as the beauty of its exteriors. When it comes to adding durable and beautiful flooring to your home or office, classic solid wood has always been preferred over engineered and synthetic options. The obvious appeal of a natural wood floor is undeniable, and this is a major reason behind its popularity. If you are looking for flooring that is long-lasting, nothing is more durable than solid hardwood flooring. This type of flooring also offers many varieties of finishes, grains, and species.
Advantages of Wood Flooring
In this blog post, we will talk about the many advantages of this classic flooring type.
Durability is one of hardwood’s major advantages and the primary reason why it remains a favourite among homeowners. In fact, the reason why this type of flooring is easy to maintain is partly because of its unmatched durability. Trust us when we say it will take a lot more than your typical dent or scratch to damage a solid wooden floor. And the hard surface will last a lifetime.
The best part about solid wood flooring, though, is that its beauty increases over time. While most flooring lasts between five and ten years, solid hardwood keeps accentuating your interiors for decades, with very little (and only occasional) upkeep.
2. Flexibility and Variety
From rustic wide planks to modern matte finishes, there are many hardwood flooring trends in 2019.
First, let’s talk about aesthetics. Hardwood comes in a wide variety of colours, styles, stains, and species. You can even select between prefinished and site-finished hardwood floors. (You can read about the importance of the hardness of your wood flooring in a previous blog.)
They are available in numerous textures and levels of hardness. Colours also differ between wood species, from dark ash to light maple.
With all the diversity available in hardwood, getting a unique flooring solution is easy.
One of the major perks of hardwood flooring is that it can be refinished multiple times. How is that beneficial? Well, the cost of refinishing is considerably lower than the cost of replacing your old flooring. If you know how to choose the right sheen for your hardwood floor, you can easily change the look of your home or simply alter the colour of the wood according to your convenience, without spending a significant amount of money.
The acoustic properties of wooden flooring are well known. A properly installed hardwood floor will greatly reduce unnecessary vibrations and hollow sounds. This is particularly helpful if you want to design your own music or dance studio. Vinyl flooring is better at dampening noise, but to maintain at least the look of wood, you can also choose to install a wood laminate.
5. Colour Retention
Hardwood remains unaffected by daily wear and tear for a long time, meaning its lustre will last longer than other flooring solutions. The durability factor mentioned earlier also prevents colour from fading and resists any visible stain.
6. Instant Return on Investment
Hardwood flooring gives great resale value and installing it almost instantly increases the value of your property. If you are thinking about long term investment, then getting wooden floors installed will help sell your home faster. Not only does it create an attractive look for the interior, but potential buyers will probably be more interested in keeping the wood than replacing it.
7. Effect on the Environment
Hardwood flooring also has health and environmental benefits. But hardwood flooring means it is made by cutting down trees, right? You may be wondering how “deforestation” can be environmentally beneficial. But here’s the kicker. About 90% of all forests in Canada fall under the jurisdiction of the provincial and territorial governments. According to Natural Resources Canada, the annual net growth of trees, from which hardwood is manufactured, is higher than the number of trees cut down. In fact, in 2016, the amount of industrial roundwood harvested, which is about 155 million m3, accounted for approximately only 0.3% of the total wood volume of Canada. Therefore, the nature lover in you need not fret about the environmental impact of hardwood floor manufacturing.
In fact, hardwood flooring has less of an environmental impact precisely because it can be rejuvenated and last a lifetime, whereas you may throw out many carpets over a lifetime.
Natural wood flooring also has no fibres, grout lines or embossing. In this way it improves the quality of the air inside your home by reducing air-borne allergens and dust, which is common to carpets.
At first glance it might seem like solid hardwood is a more expensive choice of flooring. However, the fact that it looks good and lasts a long time makes up for it, especially given that, long term, maintenance costs are lower for this flooring type.
As you can see, getting hardwood flooring is a great decision that has many advantages. For long-lasting flooring that provides timeless beauty, increases your property’s resale value, and is easy to clean and maintain, you cannot do better than a solid wooden floor. Whether you want an eco-friendly flooring solution for your home or are simply attracted to its timeless beauty, hardwood flooring is an investment that simply cannot go wrong.