Hardwood floors don't depreciate.
Hardwood floors are good for your home's resale value and will last the life of the home. Carpet must be replaced three to six times before most solid wood floors require repair. If you've been inside many historical homes, you know that almost all of them have hardwood floors. Many of these floors are actually original to the home, some of which are as old as our nation. Quality hardwood floors cost less in the long run and add more value to your home than any other floor covering.
Much easier to maintain.
Forget the days of sweating over that stubborn carpet stain, or calling the carpet cleaners a couple of time each year! Just wipe up any spills on wood floors and be done with it. Less chemicals, if any, are needed to clean hardwood. Generally a dust-mop or vacuum will do the job. For a more thorough cleaning, just use a wood floor cleaner (one that's recommended by a professional) and an almost dry mop. Do not wet mop hardwood floors. No more scrubbing the stains out of that carpet with chemicals you don't want your animals or kids to come in contact with!
Completely serviceable & customizable, many years after installation.
If your hardwood floor becomes worn out it can be re-finished many times over, and at a fraction of the cost of completely replacing a floor. If you want to change the look of it, it can be stained many different colors, painted, in-layed, etc... This doesn't require the replacement of any materials, so you actually save money in the long run with quality wood flooring. Inferior products are more or less disposable because most of them cannot be re-finished.
Hardwood is a natural product with a diverse range of colors and grain patterns.
It almost goes without saying; wood floors offer unmatched natural beauty, warmth and design appeal allowing your new or existing house to truly become your family’s home. Who hasn’t admired the beauty of a fine wood floor? With more diversity in wood flooring today than ever before, there is a wood floor for every taste!
Hardwood floors give a little and are better for your joints.
Don’t be surprised if your doctor recommends a wood floor for your spine and joints. Wood gives slightly, making it easier on your legs and feet. Have you ever noticed that your feet get tired faster if you are standing on stone or tile than if you are standing on wood?
Finishes can be repaired or reapplied.
The finish on real wood floors can be touched up or re-coated, whereas inferior "wood" floors just end up in the landfill once they're worn out, because they are “non-serviceable”. Preserving the natural materials in your home is a great form of recycling.
Can be repaired easily.
Don't believe the misconception that hardwood floors are hard to repair, they are easily repaired! In fact, with a real wood floor, any single board or section of the floor can be replaced without disturbing the adjacent un-damaged boards. If done properly by a professional, repairs can be performed to seamlessly match the rest of the floor. Laminate or floating floors are a different story. To replace a damaged board in a laminate or floating floor, the flooring must be removed all the way back to the damaged board.
The only good choice for people with allergies.
Millions of people have sensitivities to dust mites, chemicals, and toxins which are found in many other types of floor coverings. For instance, have you ever seen what's under your carpet? It may surprise you to see the sheer amount of dirt and dust that finds it way into and under carpet over the years. Many carpet products will also off-gas, which means they emit potentially harmful VOC's. Wood will neither harbor dust, microorganisms, nor off-gas, making it the healthiest choice for you and your family. According to the EPA, wood increases the indoor air quality of your home.
Hardwood floor sales support good forest management.
Wood floors are a high-end use for forest products and can involve better margins, thereby ensuring the perpetuation of the forest. Many developing countries today rely on timber for export earnings, yet the greatest threat to primary forests in these countries is conversion to other forms of land use. Using exotic species for wood floors is a good way to give a high value to the wood and encourage reforestation for continued income production.
Hardwood is our greatest renewable resource.
North America has more than 70 percent of the forest cover that was here in the 1600s, and many exotic woods come from certified sustainable forests. North America produces more wood than any other place on the planet! According to a World Resources Institute report, North America was unusual in that it increased tree cover in the 1990s. In other words, we grow more than we cut. North America also is becoming known as a “carbon sink.” Scientists have shown that young trees use more carbon dioxide than older trees, much like younger animals need more food.
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