Monday, 8 June 2015

Why You Need Wood Flooring In Your Home

Wood flooring can be a gorgeous style statement in your home and it also has lots of added benefits too. 

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Cost

Although initial outlay is more than carpet, wood flooring can last much longer. Typically carpets are changed every 5 to 7 years but wood flooring can last decades. It therefore has the durability that carpet does not. Today's modern production processes also mean that wood flooring is cheaper than it used to be, making it more accessible to those that could not afford it before.

Hygiene

Wood flooring is hygienic and easy to clean. With carpet, smells and dirt can get trapped in the fibres. If you have young children who spend time on the floor this is an obvious consideration. Cat and dog owners too will appreciate the ability to keep the floors hygienically clean. If you have allergies, wood flooring is also an obvious choice as solid wood flooring is easier to keep clean than carpet and doesn't trap dust and mites like carpet can.

Maintenance

Wood flooring is minimal maintenance. Most floors can be cleaned by a dry brush to collect the dust and then washed with a simple mop and wood floor cleaner, being careful not to saturate the wood, and always following manufacturers instructions. Use floor protectors under furniture to prevent marks. Scratches and damage can occur, but because wood has a uniqueness, each piece with it's only markings and knots, minor scratches and damage are easy to overlook.  Greater damage can be repaired with sanding and refinishing, and this is cheaper than a new carpet that's for sure.

Maple Wood Flooring
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Ecological 

Wood is a natural renewable and recyclable resource. Many floors are made from reclaimed wood and recycled from barns, churches, railway sleepers, warehouses and ships. 

Adding Value

Wood floors in a house can add value to your home. When buying a new house many people replace carpets but hard wood flooring is almost always kept due to it's timeless appeal, durability and classic good looks.



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Lower Utility Bills

Solid wood floors have insulating properties as they trap warm air. This means a warmer environment and lower heating bills. 

Style 

Wood flooring never really goes out of fashion like carpets and lino can.  If you are having a new wood floor fitted there is a good choice of wood available to fit in with the look and style of your house including oak, maple, walnut and Scottish elm. If you get tired of the finish you can also sand and refinish the wood to get a different look.

As you can see there are many reasons why you need wood flooring in your home, including great looks, easy maintenance and lower bills. An initial investment in wood flooring will mean long term benefits for the future for the home owner

* A sponsored post all words and opinions are my own
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16 comments

  1. Wood flooring does seem to last well and keep its good looks.

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    1. It appears very durable and it has a timeless classic appeal.

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  2. I really wish we had wood flooring here,it lasts so well!

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  3. I had only ever thought about it aesthetically and for hygeine but there are loads of good reasons. I love a wooden floor, give it a room some character x

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  4. I'm not a fan of wood or laminate. To me they both have a cold feeling about them. I'm definitely a carpet person. On the plus side, wood is a lot easier to clean than carpet x

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    1. Rugs can add a warmth to a room.

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    2. They can, but still the overall feel of a wood floor to me doesnt give that nice cozy warm feel. I've been in many houses that have laminate or wood and have rugs on top, but to me it doesnt make a difference. Carpet just feels more cozy to me x

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    3. You are obviously a carpet lover, I like both :)

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  5. I love wooden flooring.
    We changed most floors when we bought the house but then we bought Bunk... most of our floor has to be covered now with rugs as his paws are slipping :-(

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    1. Rugs can add warmth too and you still have the durability and good looks of the wood floor.

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  6. I totally agree, wood flooring isn't just pretty, it is also the smart choice!
    I don't understand why people don't like it.
    My husband's family doesn't enjoy it so much... :(

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    1. I can see you are a fan as well Paola.

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