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The Pros And Cons Of Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood flooring is very modern and stylish, but what things do you need to consider before you hire a flooring contractor?

Here's a list of pros and cons to think about so that you have flooring that suits where you're putting it, instead of a flooring disaster!

Pros

  1. It's very stylish and modern. It brings homes into the 21st century.

  2. It's easy to clean and sweep

  3. Glossy finishes make a room look bigger

  4. They are hard to tiptoe across, so an intruder would find it harder to gain access to your home without you hearing them

  5. If you have a problem with pipework underneath the floor, with some wood flooring you can just take up a small piece to get to the problem area

  6. If you have a spill on the floor, you can just wipe it away and it's dry and good to go, unlike carpet which stays wet

  7. If you have pets, tidying up after them is easy. You won't have furry carpets any more

  8. It helps keep homes cooler in warm areas

  9. If it is a little cool, you can always put a rug down. Rugs are a great way of adding a little luxury feel to a room

  10. Restyling a room is much easier as you don't have to match anything to a carpet color and there are no divets in the carpet if you move furniture

Cons

  1. It shows dust and dirt very quickly, you will need to clean more often. Carpets hide this a little better.

  2. Shiny floors can be annoying on bright, sunny days

  3. They are very noisy to walk on

  4. If you have someone that comes home late, like a night shift worker, they may wake you or neighbors up

  5. Hardwood flooring will make more than just footstep sounds echo. If you have carpet, they absorb footsteps and things like TV, music, etc

  6. If you have tongue and groove hardwood flooring, you may have to take up the whole room just to get to the problem

  7. Burst pipes or water sitting on hardwood floor will make the wood swell and spoil the finish

  8. If you hire a cowboy flooring contractor, a poor job will potentially need starting over with all new wood

  9. Pet accidents can spoil the finish and the scent can linger in wood

  10. You can make a room very cold without the insulation of carpet

Many of the cons can be mitigated by choosing nice area rugs to cover parts of the flooring that get a lot of traffic as well as areas that you want to keep at a more comfortable temperature. If you need any additional advice, you can always talk to a residential hardwood flooring services beforehand and ask their advice on how to make hardwood flooring work for you.


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