Hardwood Myths to Stop in It’s Cracks
Hardwood floors are something everyone wants, especially if you have pets. It makes life so much easier, but some people will tell you to avoid hardwood floors because of things that have heard through the grapevine. Yet, let’s chat about some of those hardwood floor myths that people like to spread.
Wood Floors are High Maintenance:
False! Unlike carpet flooring, hardwood doesn’t trap dust, pet hair, and pollen. Hardwood is a very low-maintenance flooring option. To clean hardwood flooring, you just simply sweep or dust. You can also vacuum too with a bagless lightweight option, if you are in a hurry.
Wood Floors Scratch Easily:
Lies! Hardwood isn’t always hard. Some types of wood can be quite soft, making them easy to mark up or dent. Is this one of those myths about wood flooring that’s actually true? Not exactly. Harder types of hardwood, like white oak, resist marks made by everyday wear and tear. Therefore, when you speak with your flooring specialist, ask about the strength rating of your preferred hardwoods.
Hardwood + Pets or Kids Don’t Mix:
Nah! Likely one of the most common myths we’re happy to disprove. Even if you live in a home filled with children, visitors, and pets, hardwood is still an excellent choice. With little preemptive planning, wood floors and active homes do not need to be mutually exclusive. Use floor runners in high-traffic areas, have children remove shoes in the house and make sure high-heels have protective plastic heel haps. For pets, keep their nails well-manicured to avoid playful floor scratches. Invest in non-harmful nail caps, avoid games that encourage pets to “dig in” to the floors for traction, and take them on walks outside that help wear down their nails naturally. Your pet will appreciate the extra attention and grooming, and you can bask in blemish free floors. If in the unlikely instance floors do get scratched, wood polish, wax and buffer can help diminish most superficial damage. Keep in mind different woods also come in varying levels of hardness, so choosing one that is exceptionally dense will also aid in your fight against damage.
Wood floors are Expensive + Pain to Install:
Not entirely true! While wood floors may require a higher investment up front, over the long term, they are more cost-effective than many other flooring options. Expect to pay anywhere from $12 to $20 per square foot for solid pre-finished flooring or $8 to $13 per square foot for engineered hardwood. When correctly installed and cared for, they can last for ages. Other flooring options like carpet will start to show signs of wear after five years and will likely need to be repaired or replaced within a decade. Not to mention carpet can’t be refinished to suit changing styles and tastes as the years go on. When you’ve finally made your choice, it’s always best to hire a professional for the installation. Modern floors are designed to slot together in easy-to-assemble pieces, which means a reduced construction time and faster install overall.
Hardwood Floors Don’t Insulate:
Nope! Think cozy cabin or mountain-top lodge, what do both homes usually have in common? The answer — wood accents. Wood is not only an excellent insulator but adds an organic element to the house that combines the low-maintenance convenience or tile or laminate with a luxurious feel. Both in winter and summer, wood maintains a steady temperature. Since it’s dense but porous interior fails to hold extreme temperatures; wood is less prone to extreme heat or cold fluctuations. If you are still concerned with the possibility of icy floors in the winter, look into underfloor heating. While there’s no hard and fast rule for the thickness of wood when installing one of these systems, we recommend choosing a thinner board for a more efficient heat transfer. Typically used under tile and in bathrooms, underfloor heating has reached more significant popularity for its bespoke quality and cozy benefits.