Hardwood is one of the oldest flooring materials, and when you’ve been around for most of modern civilization, it’s easy to become embroiled in rumor and scandal. Myths persist about hardwood’s practicality as a flooring option. Well, the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta are here to set the record straight. Despite its long history, and the incredible advancement in flooring that we’ve made in the last century, hardwood remains one of the most practical flooring options you can buy today.
1. Hardwood is expensive.
This is by far the most pervasive of the myths. Sure, a square foot of quality hardwood may cost more than comparable laminate, carpet, or LVT. However, simply comparing the price of materials does not give you the whole picture. Hardwood is extremely durable and long lasting. When you take good care of it, many hardwood species can last for generations, whereas carpet, LVT, and laminate need to be replaced every few decades. In addition, new hardwood adds more fiscal value to your home than any other flooring option.
2. Hardwood is fragile.
Another enduring myth is that hardwood is hard to maintain because of its fragility. Although caring for hardwood flooring is more involved than laminate or tile, hardwood can be very sturdy. Depending on the species of hardwood, this tough flooring option stands up to furniture, outside debris, and even pets. For busy families and in high traffic areas, a tough hardwood like hickory or an exotic hardwood are the best options for you.
3. Hardwood isn’t environmentally friendly.
Although trees are cut down to make hardwood, most of the domestic hardwoods—red oak, white oak, maple, hickory, birch—are extremely sustainable. They are grown in North American using regulated harvesting practices. Exotic hardwoods are less sustainable, but they have many additional qualities such as unique aesthetics and strength.
In the market for new hardwood? Learn more from the Atlanta flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta. Call today to for your free consultation.
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