Advantages and Disadvantages of Hardwood Floors

October 18, 2019


Hardwood floors are a very popular amenity amongst home buyers. If hardwood
floors haven’t been installed in a home, installation can be quite expensive. At the
same time, it gives a home a unique and beautiful look, and with proper care, it can
last for many years.
There are three different types of hardwood flooring: parquet, strip, plank. Strips
are a little more narrow than planks, and parquet floors are made out of the
individual squares that create a pattern.
If you choose unfinished hardwood floors then it can be finished with a stain that
matches your home interior and overall decor.
Thinking about installing hardwood floors? Let’s talk about all the pros and cons.

Advantages of Hardwood Floors

The main advantage of hardwood flooring is the elegant yet rustic look and feel of
the natural wood grain. It will make your home look lighter and brighter and will
easily fit with any decor.
They are also known to be durable and with proper care, they will last for a long
time. Proper cleaning and maintenance will help preserve the life of the floor for
many years.
Another pro of hardwood floors is that it can be easily repaired when damaged. For
example, if little gaps develop between planks then a change of season may fix this
problem. If the gaps exist even after the change of seasons, it can be repaired by a
specialist.
One of the cons of hardwood floors is that they get easily scratched, especially in
areas with high foot traffic. Smaller scratches can be easily repaired using little

touch-up kits that you can purchase at most home improvement stores. You can
repair major scratches by refinishing the floors.
One more amazing advantage of hardwood floors is that they are versatile. If you
would like to change the style of your rooms, you can buy a rug or a few matching
rugs that will go well with the style and color of your furniture, walls and overall
decor – and you‘ll have a whole new look!
If you or a member of your family suffers from allergies, hardwood floors are
definitely a good choice when choosing floors! Carpets are known for collecting
dust, pet dander and hair and will only make allergies worse. Hardwood floors are
perfect in this case because of their smooth surface and not many allergens can
hide in it.
This is why some customers want to pay a higher price for hardwood floors. Most
customers prefer hardwood floors even over the highest quality carpet. Hardwood
flooring is considered an upgrade when a family is buying a home, but they are
totally worth it. Buyers are happy to pay more to upgrade to hardwood floors, and
houses with hardwood floors sell easier than houses with carpet.
Hardwood floors are compatible with many decor styles and can be finished to work
even better with the current home decorating style. They can be divided into
different types: oak, cherry, walnut.

Disadvantages of Hardwood Floors

One of the disadvantages of hardwood floors – they can be expensive to install.
Many of our customers consider it a long term investment into the comfort and the
look of their home.
Another con of hardwood floors is that depending on the type of wood, they might
be scratched easily. Scratched or blemished floors will need to be finished again.
The damage will be especially visible in areas where there is usually a lot of foot
traffic or areas where there are often playing children or pets.
During colder seasons hardwood floors can feel cold under bare feet, this is where a
warm rug or a pair of warm slippers can come in handy.
Another reason that might make you think twice about installing hardwood floors is
that they are not very pet-friendly. Hardwood floor may feel slippery for dogs when

they are running or playing. Their padded paws simply cannot grip the smooth floor
surface. It’s not a big deal if you have rugs in your house.
If you live at an apartment complex you might already know that it’s easy to hear
noise from walking, jumping or dropping something on a hardwood floor. Buying a
rug will fix this problem and protect your neighbors from loud sounds and will also
make your place cozier and more comfortable. A rug is also a good idea for families
with little children as it provides a little cushion for playing children.

Conclusion
Overall, hardwood floors can be expensive, but at the same time, cost-effective as
an investment that will last for many years, if cared for properly. The style can be
easily changed, upgraded or updated with new finishing or simply by purchasing a
rug. Although hardwood floors are prone to scratches, you can easily repair small
scratches with a special repair kit and by refinishing the floor.
Thinking about installing hardwood floors in your home? Good Life Construction will
be happy to help. We are a team of friendly and experienced professionals and
specialize in different types of home improvement and home repair services
including floor installation.
We specialize in installation of: laminate flooring, hardwood flooring, vinyl plank
flooring, tile flooring. We only use high quality materials, and ensure careful
preparation and quality work and finish.
Call us today for a consultation at (916) 833-1379 and our team will answer any
questions.