Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are probably the most popular and most requested flooring option these days. There are a huge variety of natural woods with oak, pine, birch and maple still at the head of the pack. But these days, people are branching out (sorry, couldn't resist!) to new types of wood, including mahogany, bamboo, cherry, pecan, hickory, Brazilian walnut, and more. Why is hardwood so popular? It most likely starts with the durability of wood. Hardwood flooring should last the lifetime of the house (and in some cases, outlive it.) It's also very easy to maintain. Even after years of wear, the surfaces can be easily refinished to remove stains, grooves, and cuts. Properly installed, hardwood floors can not only add to the beauty of a home, but also to the overall value.

ADVANTAGES OF HARDWOOD

  • Easily cleaned
  • Timeless beauty; works with nearly every design style
  • Due to popularity, it's a great investment
  • Promote healthy indoor air quality

DISADVANTAGES OF HARDWOOD

  • Easily stained; easy to scratch
  • Water is the enemy of wood; can warp or shift and even rot, if ignored
  • Expensive to install; pricing of material varies, but can cost a lot