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The Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring

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Have you ever thought about what would make your perfect house a perfect home? Does it include a chef’s kitchen, high-tech media room or a minimum number of bedrooms? How about the flooring choices? For many Maryland homeowners, hardwood is one of the must-haves in a dream home. And if you are considering hardwood as well, you are probably wondering if there are any trade-offs for the timeless beauty. To help make your decision easier, here is a brief overview of the major pros and cons of hardwood flooring straight from our Sykesville hardwood flooring experts.

It’s Easy to Clean

If you or anyone in your family suffers from allergies, then hardwood flooring may be right for you. Hardwood doesn’t trap allergens like carpet does, and is incredibly simple to clean. All you really need is some wood cleaner and a dry mop.

It Increases the Value of Your Home

As we mentioned, most homeowners appreciate the timeless beauty of hardwood flooring. If you ever decide to sell your home, hardwood flooring will pay for itself, as well as make your home more appealing to the potential buyers. Hardwood is extremely versatile, and can be easily covered with carpet or area rugs if the new owner decides they don’t like the look.

It Can Be Refinished

There’s a reason you see hardwood flooring in every renovation HGTV performs: it’s durable and can be sanded down. If for any reason your hardwood doesn’t have the same luster and shine that it did when it was first installed, it can be refinished to look like new. There’s rarely a need to replace the flooring when you could breathe new life into it.

It’s Prone to Scratches and Dents

If you’re a pet owner, you are probably well aware of how sharp your pet’s nails can be. While hardwood can be fairly resistant to scratches and scuffs, with enough exposure your furry family members can do some damage simply by walking or running on your floors. Similarly, dropping things on the floor or wearing pointy heals can dent certain hardwoods. Some species of wood are more prone to scratches than others due to their hardness, so it pays to do your research or consult a professional at your local Maryland hardwood flooring store.

It’s Kid-Friendly

Have you ever tried to put a puzzle together on a soft surface? Pieces bend, corners break off, and when you’re close to finishing, everything falls apart because of the lack of support. Hardwood flooring is the optimal surface for everything from puzzles to Legos, to remote-controlled cars. And because hardwood doesn’t harbor allergens, pet hair and dust like carpet, it’s also safe for your little ones to play on the floor.

Is Hardwood Flooring Right For You?

The only person who can answer that question is you. But, if you have any questions about hardwood flooring, or any other flooring materials we carry, we encourage you to give us a call or visit our Sykesville flooring showroom, so we can figure out the right choice for you and your home.


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