Replacing our carpet with 3/4” solid hardwood flooring was one of the best decisions we ever made in regards to the remodeling of our house. The solid oak has added a feeling of warmth, comfort, luminosity, well-being, cheerfulness, hospitality and luxury to our home. It is absolutely amazing to see the many interesting options of finish, surface, species and stain of wood there are to choose from that are designed to improve the interior appearance of your home. In many cases it’s the aesthetic improvement in itself that persuades a person to purchase hardwood flooring, but there are many advantages that hardwood flooring has to offer besides the elegance of interesting natural patterns and aesthetic improvements that we have just named. Not only does it beautify your home, it increases its resale value significantly and should be seen as a long-term investment. It is not uncommon for real estate investors to purchase a home, install hardwood flooring and complete other remodeling procedures, then turn around and sell it to earn a substantial profit.
Unlike carpet or vinyl which needs repeated replacement, solid hardwood flooring lasts a lifetime and longer while maintaining its unique strength, shape, color and durability. This is why investing in hardwood flooring is so much more practical and cost effective. But even more important than being cost effective, hardwood flooring has added health benefits as well. Carpet has a tendency to trap dirt, and accumulate mold and mildew, which triggers allergens that pose a health problem for many people, especially when they are exposed to it over time. Many allergy doctors recommend replacing carpet in the home with a wood floor to help minimize the side effects for people struggling with asthma or allergies. Natural wood also puts off a much lower level of chemical emissions than carpet does (which can be especially harmful for little children). As you can see, a wood floor is very beneficial to your health.
An additional advantage that hardwood flooring offers is that maintaining it is very easy and convenient. Keeping a hardwood floor clean is remarkably easier than keeping carpet clean, especially if the carpet is light in color. Spills are easily cleaned up and you don’t have to worry about fading and discoloration or having to remove an ugly stain. It is immensely difficult to remove a deep stain from carpet!
So why install 3/4” solid hardwood flooring instead of a floating wood floor, glue down engineered floor and so on? First, 3/4” hardwood flooring is very advantageous by increasing the structural strength and durability of your floor and second, it can be sanded down and refinished up to seven times while maintaining its brand new appearance. What a great investment!