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Flooring, just like fashion, goes through phases of styles that grow quickly in popularity, only to die down within the next year. At Uptown Wood Floors we love all types of flooring and appreciate the different styles and tastes that have been prevalent over the years. One type of flooring that has stood the test of time is solid hardwood. It’s easy to see why! Solid hardwood flooring is authentic, warm, versatile, durable, and can be updated to match any home décor. Throughout the years, hardwood has remained one of the most popular floorings for a home.
As a homeowner anytime you make a change to your home, you want to make sure it adds value. Solid hardwood flooring is a great way to update your home and increase its worth. If in the future you decide to sell, buyers will appreciate the beauty that real hardwood adds to your home. Other added benefits of hardwood are its easy maintenance, quick and easy cleanup, and it is a healthy choice for interior environments. It has no fibers, grout lines, or embossing that can trap dust, pollen, particles, animal dander, and allergens that occur with carpets. Solid hardwood floors are the best choice of flooring with allergy sufferers and contribute to healthier indoor air quality.
Solid hardwood floors reduce the amount of waste in our landfills because they can last for many generations and require fewer raw materials to produce than other flooring options. There are a number of environmentally friendly options for disposing of wood floors at the end of their service life. Wood floors can also be recycled into other materials. Wood is combustible, which means it can be used as fuel or as a heating source. Finally, if the wood does end up in the landfill, it is biodegradable, which means it will decompose. This ultimately reduces its volume of landfill waste.
Some of the benefits of selecting a solid hardwood floor for your home over an engineered wood floor are:
The ability to install solid hardwood flooring in stages – solid wood floors are not discontinued every 2-4 years meaning you can install room by room and match your existing flooring with record of your specific wood, stain color, and polyurethane. Engineered wood floors are often discontinued every 2-4 years and often have multiple dye lots.
The cost of a solid hardwood floor can be the same or slightly higher than an engineered wood floor, but when you purchase a solid hardwood floor you are purchasing a floor that will last a lifetime. Solid hardwood floors can be refinished, and in most cases rescraped, multiple times if you choose, but a properly maintained floor will never have to be completely sanded and refinished.
Unlike engineered wood floors, a properly installed solid hardwood floor can often help hide subfloor flaws.
Most solid hardwood floors are site finished, allowing you to have a truly one of a kind floor with a unique stain color that can be custom blended to the exact color you desire.
Solid hardwood floors are repaired more easily than an engineered wood floor. Scratches and chips in an averaged aged solid hardwood floor can be hidden with stain pens or small repairs. Scratches or chips in an average aged engineered wood floor typically require board replacement which can be a problem when materials are discontinued regularly.
Prefinished engineered wood floors will often gouge and scratch more easily than a solid hardwood floor.
Call us today to schedule a free in home consultation. We can help you decide, given your unique wants, needs, and budget what flooring is right for you.