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Is Hardwood the Best Flooring for Your Space?

June 8, 2022

If you’re thinking about updating your flooring, our experts at Dalton Floor Tailor are here to help! There are many things to consider when updating your flooring, and if you’re thinking about hardwood, you have come to the right place. Hardwood flooring is classic yet stylish, adds value to your home, and it’s durable and easy to maintain — but is it right for your home?

Hardwood flooring has a classic, elegant look that is unmatched by its similar-looking alternatives. With many color options, hardwood floors are versatile, making designing and decorating your home simple. If you get tired of the color, staining is also an option to switch it up. Just like any other home-improvement endeavor, hardwood flooring can be trendy too. In 2022, hardwood with high variation, such as the blonde, whitewashed, and honey/copper colored hardwood floors have been popular flooring choices in homes. Blonde wood is versatile when it comes to design options because it can be used to achieve a chic, modern look or a more rustic, cottage appeal. Whitewashed floors show signs of wear, usually with darker wood underneath. This gives your space a more relaxed beachy feel, or even a more contemporary look depending on decor. Honey- or copper-colored hardwood floors have been a popular choice for years because these hues give your space more warmth than darker tones. Honey-colored hardwood is a nice middle ground tone between light and dark woods.

Hardwood floors are easy to keep clean by simply sweeping and mopping, which reduces allergens in your home. Dust and debris don’t get trapped like they do with carpet flooring. Though, moisture can seep into hardwood flooring with deep scratches and gouges, which can cause the flooring to swell. So, it’s important to not let standing water sit on hardwood. Mopping with a regular mop isn’t usually recommended. Instead, mop with a solution of vinegar and water and use a wet microfiber mop; this works best to clean hardwood. Hardwood flooring is great for almost any room in your house, even the kitchen, because you don’t have to worry about damaging the floors with spills or messes if the moisture is wiped up quickly. Hardwood may not be best flooring choice in areas where water can seep in after a heavy rain, like basements or areas around entrances. It’s also not suitable for areas that can experience leaking, like laundry rooms and bathrooms.

Depending on the types of materials used, hardwood flooring has a higher up-front cost than similar-looking alternatives like laminate and LVP; however, according to The National Association of Realtors in 2019, hardwood flooring provides a better return on investment as homeowners can recoup about 106% of their investment in hardwood floors alone. Hardwood floors can also last a lifetime with proper care approximately every ten years. Experts recommend caring for hardwood flooring by sanding and applying a new coat of finish to keep hardwood floors in good shape for many years.

Our experts at Dalton Floor Tailor would be happy to guide you through the flooring process and provide more information about the hardwood products that are best for your space. Make an appointment today to learn more!

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