Why Wood Flooring is a Great Choice for Your Home
June 13, 2012
When deciding on wood flooring material, choose the kind of wood flooring that is suited to the amount of foot traffic experienced by the room. For high-traffic areas such as the kitchen or utility room, select a durable, darker colored wood flooring that resists wear and tear and does not show signs of wear as much as lighter colored wood.
Dark hardwood floors like walnut or mahogany allow staining to enhance the grain of the wood. In addition, these types of wood absorb sunlight and are not as vulnerable to fading as other woods. One drawback to dark hardwood floors is that if you have pets with light-colored fur that tend to shed more than usual, dark wood floors will probably reveal the evidence of your pets more than lighter colored wood. However, wood floors do not hold dust and allergens like carpet, which can greatly reduce respiratory problems for those who suffer from allergies.
The benefits of wood flooring are numerous. For example, wood makes an excellent insulator by preventing heat from coming during the summer and keeping warmth from escaping in the winter. Because it is fibrous and contains many layers, wood is also efficient at absorbing sound.
Minimal maintenance needed to keep wood flooring clean and beautiful. Using a dust mop or vacuum cleaner hose along with an occasional polishing is all that is necessary. With wood covering your floors in your home, you don’t have to worry about spills soaking into the carpet and matting or carpet fibers absorbing odors that are hard to eliminate.
The value that wood flooring adds to a home is significant. Investing in a home remodeling project that involves replacing your old, worn-out floors with charming and elegant wood flooring can increase the value of your home by several thousand dollars. Many people wanting to purchase a home specifically look for homes with wood floors because of its low maintenance, durability and versatility.
Changing the finish and color of a wood floor is much easier and affordable than having new carpet installed. Expert home improvement companies like MyHome can come to your house and professionally wax, finish or stain your floor to suit your decor needs using the latest equipment and solutions capable of delivering professional, showroom results.
Installation of wood flooring is applicable to any room in your home except for the bathroom because of the high moisture content consistently affecting the climate in the bathroom. However, tiling that looks like real hardwood but does not shrink, fade or crack is available to homeowners who love the look of wood and want to give their home a stylish, uniform appearance by installing hardwood flooring in every room.