If you’re in the middle of planning a home renovation, you already know that one of the biggest decisions to make involves the flooring. Many end up choosing hardwood because of it’s classic look in a design. Depending on your lifestyle and budget, this could be an excellent decision or a frustrating trap. Are you planning on reselling? What does your family need? How much are you comfortable spending? All these are important questions when determining your ideal floors.
Pro: Potential for Increased Home Value
We’ll start off with one of the biggest pros homeowners like. When home-buyers are searching around, one of the more common requests is hardwood floors. While region may dictate different needs, hardwood floors tend to be attractive to house hunters. This may not be at the top of your list of needs, though, if you’re planning to stay in your home for the foreseeable future.
Con: Cold Feet
Okay, so this one is really easily solved with area rugs in the high traffic areas. You can see a beautiful example above of styling with a well-placed rug. Some people are much more sensitive to cold floors than others. A common compromise is carpeting in bedrooms and hardwood in the main living areas of a house. This allows you to be relaxed with that red wine at dinner but warm when you get out of bed.
Pro: Low Daily Maintenance
If you’ve ever had a glass of Merlot over a friend’s cream carpet, you know how stressful it can be. Hardwood is much more stain-resistant than its fluffier counterparts. It also doesn’t require any special equipment to clean, such as a vacuum or carpet shampoo. A good sweep and the occasional mop will keep it looking clean enough to eat off of. Or at least close enough to it!
Con: Hardwood Isn’t Cheap
There’s a reason hardwood floors go over so well when selling a house. Due to their high quality, they’re certainly not the cheapest option to have installed, especially in a larger house. There are lookalike options (like the one above from Westpark) that could be a good substitute. Your floors will be in constant use, so it’s up to you to figure out if the expense is worth it.
Pro: Hardwood Can Change With You
Your design styles may change as your age, so having the flexibility of changeable floors can be extra helpful. Instead of letting carpet lifespans dictate your remodeling schedule, you can sand and re-stain hardwood floors on your own schedule.
If you have any questions or need help deciding what’s best for your home, feel free to reach out to Westpark Supplies for all your hardwood flooring needs.