The Pros and Cons of Installing Hardwood Flooring into your House

by author on December 14, 2012

It is tough to beat hardwood flooring, because not only is the look and feel of hardwood flooring difficult to beat, but the prestige of your house quickly shoots up and through the roof when you renovate – placing emphasis on this renovation when you are considering putting your home up on the market in the near future.

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The biggest problem with hardwood flooring is the money required to purchase and install. Authentic hardwood floor is far from cheap and, then of course homeowners are tasked with maintenance challenges further on down the road.

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Are you considering installing hardwood flooring into your house? Perhaps you think the kitchen would look great in a nice rosewood? Or you are looking into completely transforming your house?  There are pros and cons to having hardwood flooring and will hopefully guide you into making the correct decision for your own individual needs.

Pros of Hardwood Flooring

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Let’s face it, when you visit another home with hardwood floors you are blown away. True, authentic hardwood floors just look better than standard carpet or tile, especially in certain settings like the mountains. You might have even thought about adding the type of flooring to your house after enviously visiting a neighbor with one. There is nothing wrong with that.

Value:

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Buyers will pay top dollar for a home with hardwood floors, especially if the type of flooring takes up 60% or more of the house. Of course, the value only shoots up depending on the type and prestige of the wood.

Durability:

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It is hard to argue with a type of flooring that easily outlasts the age of carpet, especially if is well cared for and constantly maintained. Regular sweeping with the addition of the occasional wood floor cleaner will extend the life of the flooring for years.

Cons of Hardwood Flooring

Price:

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Hardwood flooring is considered a luxury simply because it is not easy to afford. Even the cheapest options will set you back $3 to $5 per square foot and $12 to $15 for prestigious, expensive types of wood. Also, unlike other flooring it is difficult to install hardwood yourself so you are looking at big costs for labor too.

Maintenance:

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Yes, maintenance is both a pro and con with hardwood flooring. Why? Even though cleaning might be easy, hardwood is quick to get scuffed and scratched, especially if children or dogs live in the house. Consequently a refinishing job will cost big time ($2 to $4 per square foot).

Noise:

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You can easily hear people pass through another room or hallway with hardwood and it is not the best idea for an apartment where another resident might live below.

Seasonal:

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This type of flooring is nice for the warm summers, yet cold in the winters presenting the need for socks, even shoes of slippers indoors.

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