Why Hardwood Flooring is Worth the Cost
On the fence about hardwood flooring? Here’s some reasons why it’s worth the extra cash.
We hear you. Renovating your home can be expensive, and you might be tempted to cut some corners or find ways to save money where you can. One of the common ways to save money during a renovation is to opt for carpeting in certain rooms instead of hardwood flooring.
Don’t get us wrong, carpeting is a wonderful option for your home renovation. Need convincing? We have an article on it here!
However, if your heart is set on hardwood, it might be worth it in the long run to stretch your budget a little bit. Why? Hardwood can boost your home’s resale value, last longer, and is easier as well as cheaper to maintain than carpeting. You’re likely to see a bigger return on your investment on your hardwood purchase than if you were to purchase carpet.
Hardwood Increases Your Resale Value
Home trends come and go, even when it comes to something as basic and essential as flooring. Don’t believe us? Two words: Shag Carpeting.
Hardwood can actually increase the resale value of your home by 3–5%, according to CNN. While that does not sound like a lot, 3% on a $150,000 home is an extra $4,500 in your pocket!
While trends change over time, it seems that hardwood is here to stay as a popular choice among new homeowners. The numbers don’t lie! Hardwood is perhaps the safest bet out of all your flooring options when it comes to resale value.
It’ll Last a Lifetime — Literally!
Another reason why hardwood is more cost effective than other flooring options is because of its longevity. It’s not uncommon for hardwood flooring to even last more than one hundred years — especially with the right maintenance and care.
Hint: Proper care and maintenance means don’t scratch your flooring by doing things like dragging your heavy furniture across the floor — we’re begging you!
Even in the off chance that you need to replace a board or section due to damage, it’s easy to do and relatively inexpensive.
Carpeting, on the other hand, needs to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Proper care can help you get the most mileage out of your carpet, but even then, 15 years is the limit. Even if the carpet seems to be in good condition, the padding underneath that protects the carpeting may deteriorate over time, leaving your carpet more susceptible to wear and tear.
Hardwood is Easier (and Cheaper) to Clean
Speaking of maintenance, hardwood is easy to care for in comparison to other flooring types such as carpet. As we’re sure you’re aware, a broom, vacuum, and sometimes a mop can get you far. Also, with proper care and precaution, hardwood stains shouldn’t prove too much of an issue.
Carpet may prove difficult to keep clean, however. Regular vacuuming can help, but it’s also easy to do things such as accidentally spill a drink which can cause more permanent damage. Try as you might, it’s likely that you’d have to call the pros in this case — adding to the overall bill for owning carpeting.
The choices that you make when renovating your home should always be based on your own wants and needs. And there are definitely instances in which our wallet seems to tip the scales in one direction for us. But, if you are thinking of hardwood, it may just be worth it in the long run to choose hardwood for your flooring because of the reasons we outlined above. Hardwood is a great and sustainable choice for homeowners that you will love! We guarantee it.