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Why It’s Worth It To Install Hardwood Floors

Over the years, you've probably thought to yourself, "Should I get hardwood flooring for my home?" Some people will have beautiful hardwood flooring that is covered up and they ask themselves that question whenever they get new carpet. Hardwood flooring has many benefits that make it a great fit for most rooms in your home. 

For those who are selling a home, they often put down some hardwood flooring in order to up the resale value. It is also a great way to get more enjoyment out of your home. Let's take a look at the benefits of hardwood flooring and why it is often a suitable choice for homeowners.

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It's a great way to add value to your home's listing price 

Most people look at hardwood flooring if they need a quick way to add 3% to 5% to their home's resale value (according to research done by CNN). Whether you're selling your home in the future or within a few months, trading in that wall-to-wall carpet for some hardwood flooring will help with closing your listing. 

Hardwood flooring is extremely durable and will last for years 

If you purchased regular old carpet within the last decade, it's probably starting to show its wear and tear. Brands like Mohawk Carpet will last for fifteen years or more. InterNACHI (the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) did some research on various household components. They found that the life expectancy of hardwood flooring is 100+ years. By and far, hardwood flooring is a permanent investment in your home.

Hardwood flooring, in some ways, is more sustainable than carpet. Carpet needs to be replaced when it starts looking aged. With hardwood flooring, you can simply refinish them if you want them to look new again.

Hardwood flooring is extremely easy to clean

Hardwood flooring is also extremely easy to clean and maintain. Carpet requires regular vacuuming, shampooing twice per year, and other maintenance to get rid of stains and grime that builds up. Hardwood flooring needs to be regularly vacuumed and swept to maintain its cleanliness. For deep cleaning, the manufacturer's instructions will provide a complete list of instructions for how to maintain your hardwood flooring. 

Hardwood flooring can make life easier for those with allergies

For those with allergies, hardwood flooring can make life a whole lot easier. This type of flooring is consistently recommended as one of the most allergy-friendly flooring options on the market. With a proper installation from the Carpet Mart team, your hardwood flooring will not harbor dust mites, dirt, dust, and other allergens that may cause health issues for you and your family. 

Hardwood flooring just looks nice in your home 

The hardwood flooring market was valued at $4.6 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow each year. Wood flooring looks nice in virtually any room and is quite easy to choose decor for. Wood flooring comes in a variety of different types, can be modified later with different stains, and can be refinished whenever you feel like it is starting to look a little bit tired. 

Some things to be aware of if you are thinking about hardwood floor 

Hardwood flooring can have a substantial upfront cost if you are getting it installed. Hardwood flooring can cost anywhere from $8 to $12 per square foot to install. However, if you are replacing your carpet every fifteen years, the cost will even out over time. 

While hardwood floor is very durable, it can start to show its wear and tear quickly in high traffic areas. You can minimize wear and tear by placing area rugs in high traffic areas, installing felt or nylon pads on the feet of your furniture, and getting a refinishing every seven to ten years.

Carpeting will absorb the noise insulation of a room naturally. Wood flooring lacks this buffer. You'll know every time someone sets foot in a room with hardwood flooring. Noise will also tend to carry in the room. This noise can be mitigated with a few area rugs in the room. 

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What types of hardwood flooring are there? 

There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing your hardwood flooring. At Carpet & TIle Mart, you will be able to find the following types:

  • Oak: The durability of oak makes it great for virtually any room, such as your dining rooms or hallways. It is also extremely resistant to liquids. 
  • Hickory: Hickory is the second hardest type of wood flooring. It is also extremely resistant to scratches. 
  • Bamboo: Bamboo flooring is great for its durability and is also sustainable in its production. 
  • White Oak: White oak is durable, has a lighter grain, and is therefore easier to match with contemporary room designs. 
  • Tigerwood: This exotic flooring is easy to install and it finishes with a nice, natural polish. 
  • Maple: Maple is another wood with a clean grain that is suitable for contemporary spaces. 
  • Teak: Teak has a high oil content and is another wood that is highly durable. It is great for high traffic areas. 
  • Birch: Birch is known for its intricate grain patterns and its durability. 
  • Mahogany: Mahogany will last a lifetime and looks great in rustic, classic settings.
  • Choose Carpet & Tile Mart for your hardwood flooring needs 

    When you are stuck between carpet and hardwood flooring for a room, you should come to Carpet & Tile Mart. We carry the major brands of hardwood flooring, and even have bamboo and exotic flooring options. We can help you find the right wood to go with your ideal room. We can also help you make the decision between carpet and hardwood flooring. Our friendly and expert staff will guide you through the process and we even help with the installation process. 

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