Since hardwood floors are such a big investment, it’s a good idea to debunk some of the myths surrounding them so when the time comes, we don’t have to rely on hearsay to make such an important purchasing decision.
Here are five myths about hardwood floors and why they’re wrong.
I can’t afford hardwood floors!
When you first see the admittedly higher prices of hardwood floors, it can definitely seem that way. However, the truth of the matter is that hardwood floors offer an extremely good return on investment. Once you realize they can last literally hundreds of years with proper care, as well as considering how other flooring types often need replacing as frequently as every decade or so, hardwoods start to look a whole lot more cost effective.
I don’t need fancy floors in my home!
If you’re planning to trade up in a few years, you’ll want to get the maximum amount possible when you sell the house you’re currently living in. You may not realize it, but the fact that you plan to move is actually a very good reason why you should invest in hardwood floors. Many realtors believe that hardwood floors add about 5-10 percent to the resale value of a home.
I’m an environmentalist, so I shouldn’t contribute to deforestation!
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking hardwood floors are bad for the environment. But wood used for hardwood flooring is a renewable resource taken from managed forests that are constantly being replanted, not old growth forest, which is good because younger trees absorb carbon more efficiently. This means that a continually renewed supply of younger trees replacing older trees has the forests operating at peak CO2 absorption levels. In fact, hardwood flooring is considered a carbon neutral product – who knew?
Hardwood floors are too hard to maintain!
No, they just need to be swept and given the occasional bit of mopping from time to time.
They damage so easily!
Like any floor, they do suffer wear over time. But with hardwood floors, damage is easily repaired by a quick, professional sanding and refinishing job. The color can even be changed as part of the process. W