Many people have a tendency to completely overlook Oak Flooring, because it is initially more expensive than carpet and linoleum; however, you reap many great benefits which outweigh the initial additional cost.
Let’s take a look at some of these benefits:
Good quality oak flooring last for decades – Carpets often need replacing every 5 years or so, due to stains, holes, or shabbiness from everyday wear and tear. You will find that with minimal maintenance, these floors actually look better as the years go by.
Oak flooring is easier to clean than carpets – The reasons for this are fairly obvious. A simple brush or light vacuum keeps your wooden floors looking great. If dogs or children have dragged mud through the house a damp mop removes the mess with ease.
Oak flooring is more hygienic than carpets – There are some fairly horrifying reports out there detailing the parasites that carpets can harbour. These allergen producing dust mites, fleas or dust play havoc with allergy sufferers. A wood floor eliminates. This is particularly relevant to dog and cat owner’s too.
Oak floors are not only more hygienic, but carpets also trap in unpleasant odours from animals or from spilt liquids/food.
Wood provides a great medium to install over under floor heating – This is considered by far the most efficient way to heat your house.
If after a few years your oak floor has been scratched or is a bit damaged due to heavy wear and tear, a simple sand and seal will bring it back to new again. This is a lot less costly than refitting a new carpet.
Let’s not forget that wood never seems to go through fashion phases – it is timeless. Carpet and tiles seem to go through phases and date relatively quickly. Wood is a classic – an investment that will stand the test of time.
Modern production methods have now meant that quality engineered oak flooring can be produced in a variety of thicknesses, widths and shades and making wood floors available to all budgets.
Stone and tile floors although as hygienic and easy to maintain as oak, don’t have the same warmth and feel that timber floors have.
Estate agents state that houses with engineered oak flooring sell twice as easily compared to houses with other floor finishes. And there is no doubt that the value of your home does directly increase as a result of fitting a wooden floor.
The bottom line is that hardwood flooring has an array of benefits over other types of flooring. It may cost a little more upfront, but in the long run they are vastly more economical as outlined in the many ways above. Ensure you spend time working out the best wood floor for you and your family as it will be with you for a long time!