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Hardwood flooring not only looks great in your home, but it also offers advantages such as being a great investment, being allergen-free, and being environmentally-friendly compared to other types of floors.
Better health benefits also contribute to why hardwood flooring is a good investment for a home. Carpets are infamous for trapping debris, dust, pollen and other allergens deep within their fibers that make it impossible to get out even with vacuuming. These in turn can lead to individuals in the household developing a respiratory condition such as asthma or other breathing troubles. Hardwood floors allow people to be healthier since dust, pollen and other debris can easily be cleaned up using a broom, vacuum or damp cloth.
The US Environmental Protection Agency reports that indoor air quality is better with wood floors and is one of our top health threats. Hard surface flooring such as hardwood floors does not trap or harbor dust mites or molds. That creates better air quality for all inhabitants, but especially for the estimated 35 million Americans who suffer from allergies. The hard surface of wood floors also helps avoid artificial substances such as pesticides that can accumulate on some floor coverings. A recent EPA study found that pesticides used in gardens and homes accumulate on floors and other surfaces in the home, but that wood floors greatly reduce the accumulation of such toxins. Another concern for the home environment is the off-gassing of toxins that results from some synthetic materials. Any of these chemicals can potentially make people in the home chronically ill.
Simply put: wood flooring does not harbor the bacteria, dirt, and dust that can be embedded in other flooring options. With regular maintenance (sweeping and mopping with a damp cloth), your wood floor will remain dust-free.
Check out the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s recommendations during the home remodeling process.
The fact that hardwood floors can add actual dollar value to a home is another reason they serve as a good investment. Hardwood floors are in high demand by consumers shopping around in the real estate market. According to real estate agents, homes with wood floors sell for more money and sell faster than homes without them. Consumers are willing to pay a higher price for homes that contain hardwood floors due to the appeal and shine they add to the home. In addition, hardwood floors go with almost any decor, thus homeowners don't need to change them to match their furniture as some carpeting and other flooring materials may require.
Installing hardwood floors in your home cannot only increase your overall satisfaction with your house, but it can also serve as a good investment. From costing less in maintenance and care to adding actual dollar values to your home, installing hardwood floors is not only practical but also affordable as well.
When it comes to choosing flooring, real wood floors offer the best long-term value. While other flooring options generally have a life expectancy of about a decade, wood flooring’s estimated life is approximately 100 years.
If you've seen good looking wood flooring in very high traffic areas like restaurants or department stores, you were probably looking at an acrylic or resin impregnated wood floor. This type of flooring is pressure injected with a very hard drying polymer that makes it resistant to gouges and scratches. It's showing up in more homes and can be a good option for people with young children or pets.
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Wood flooring is the most abundantly renewable flooring material available. Sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest wood without any serious impact on the environment, because trees are renewable resources that are being replaced time and time again.
Unlike most floor coverings, wood floors come from a natural resource that is sustainable. Long gone are the days when timber was cut down with little thought for the long term consequences on the nation's forests. Today, most timber is cut from forests that are carefully managed to ensure continued resources in the future. According to U.S. Forest Service statistics, almost twice as much hardwood timber is added every year through new growth as is harvested. Additionally, there is more standing hardwood timber today than there was 50 years ago.