Of all the flooring choices that exist, none is so loved or sought after as wood. Simple, understated elegance and warmth are the key features of this natural material which, incidentally, can be re-sanded and refinished multiple times.
Wood may not be the cheapest or even the most long-lasting compared to certain natural stones. However, it does last for years (over three decades while still retaining its integrity) and when it’s time to replace it the old planks can still be used for other purposes. You can even save money and reduce wastage by utilizing old but still functional planks for certain sections of the floor.
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Hardwood Floors vs Engineered Wood Floors
There are complaints from some that hardwood is too easily scratched. Since it’s expensive they consider it a waste and opt for engineered wood instead. While engineered wood is indeed cheaper and a great mimicker of natural wood’s appearance, it’s not as a dense and may not be able to take the pressure of decades of use. You’ll soon find the need for periodic replacement which can end up costing more than the upfront cost of natural wood.
Solid wood tends to warp with changes in relative humidity. This can be combated by keeping interior humidity between 45 percent and 65 percent all year round. While this may seem like a hassle, know that lowering humidity decreases the odds of having mold form and keeps many pests away.
Hardwood Floors vs Laminate Floors
Laminate is similar to engineered wood in that it uses fiberboard materials as part of the inner layer. However, the top is a photographic layer that can mimic the type of finish you want. Since it’s only a design you have a wide selection of finishes to choose from.
Laminate is affordable and the expensive varieties still don’t match the cost of good hardwood. It may last long too but wear and tear can leave it with a cheap appearance. Hardwood, on the other hand, still retains its good looks with age. Scratches and scuffs which are part and parcel of using hardwood can be re-sanded or left as is if you want a vintage appearance.
Hardwood Floors vs Carpet
Carpets are handy insulators and can be changed to match alterations in décor. However, they’re well-known collectors of bacteria and dirt. Stains show up far too easily and all that gathered dust can be frustrating to vacuum.
With hardwood, contaminants do accumulate but they’re easier to get rid of. There are no deep piles to worry about. It’s easier to keep clean too as daily maintenance involves only a sweep with vacuuming left for once a week. Polish ensures the wood retains a high sheen.
Hardwood Floors vs Tile Floors
Tile in any form whether it’s ceramic or stone looks great, wears well and repels water. The last characteristic makes it the top choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Ceramic and stone are, unfortunately, very cold so aren’t a good pick for cold regions. Central and underfloor heating help, no doubt, but since we’re trying to cut energy dependence, that negates our efforts.
Comparatively, hardwood offers much more in the way of durability, looks, repair-ability and added value. True, it does have a few drawbacks but not enough to compel many homeowners to switch to other types of flooring.
It is a modern trend these days to use hardwood flooring instead of tiles as it gives your home a very stylish look. Contact the professional hardwood floors installers in NYC to change your flooring today. Click here to book an appointment today.
By: Eric Young
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