Hardwood floors are the epitome of stylish 21st century design. Not only are these floors stylish and modern, hardwood floors can really create a luxurious feel in any home, especially when coupled with open timber beams or matching wooden furniture.
Hardwood floors have increased greatly in popularity in recent times but there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding the flooring type.
Here are the 5 most common misconceptions about hardwood floors and the truth behind them.
1. Hardwood floors are expensive
Naturally hardwood floors are more expensive than the cheaper options available (engineered wood or lino, for example) but they are undoubtedly a great investment. Hardwood floors can significantly increase the value of your property in a way like no other flooring type can. In fact, a clean, colourful and well-maintained wood floor is sometimes enough to sway a buyer into making an offer when viewing a prospective new home.
Of course, you are able to control how much your new floor costs to a degree. For example, opting to go for Brazilian Ebony will vastly increase the price of the flooring, whereas if you were to choose a simple oak or cherry finish instead, the end price would be significantly less.
2. Hardwood floors are difficult to maintain
Hardwood floors are no more difficult to look after than laminate or tile floors on a day-to-day basis. Of course mopping many types of wooden floors is a no-no and vacuuming them can occasionally damage the surface (depending on which finish has been used on the floor), but sweeping it with a soft broom and using some very simple cleaning agents will keep it clean.
3. Hardwood floors are easily damaged
Just like carpets can produce tufts and tears, hardwood floors can become scratched or dented over time. Although there are few measures of prevention, one of great advantages of a hardwood floor is that should it become damaged in any way, a simple sanding and refinishing will usually return it to all of its former glory in no time at all. Also, coating the floor in a new stain will transform the hardwood floor completely and offers the same effect as repainting the walls or ceilings in the home.
4. There is little choice available when it comes to hardwood floors
This is by far the least true statement surrounding hardwood floors. Unlike engineered wood floors and lino, there are many different factors besides style and colour that will help you choose the right floor for your home.
As hardwood floors are created by using real natural woods, anyone looking to install a hardwood floor in their home can pick the grade, grain and finish of the floor. As with carpeted and tiled floors, a hardwood floor can be customised according to the needs of the buyer.
5. Hardwood floors are bad for the environment
Hardwood floors are as bad for the environment as owning a piece of wooden furniture or any other wooden product. As of March 3rd this year, the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) has strictly regulated the logging of timber in an attempt to eradicate illegal logging and the consequences it produces. This means that any timber sold in the EU has a personalised detailed record ensuring that it has been thoroughly checked and responsibly sourced.
Before moving into the home improvement industry, Stephen MacVicar was a hardwood flooring cynic himself. However, after installing beautiful oak planks in his own home and experiencing the benefits of wood floors first hand, he decided to set up his own company, an online flooring retailer which currently boasts its headquarters in Essex, UK.