Consider the benefits of hardwood floors
If you currently have carpeting in your home, you may be thinking of switching to hardwood floors. They ARE a popular choice, and there are several good reasons to make the switch.
According to a study by USA Today, 54% of home buyers said they’d pay more for a home with hardwood floors. In fact, that’s the top request from home buyers and renters, according to real estate agents on HGTV. So installing hardwood floors will increase the value of your home tremendously.
Of course it’s hard to say what the return on your investment will be. That depends on a number of factors. In the Northeast, wood floors are preferable, while in places like Florida, ceramic tile is preferred because of the heat and humidity. In New England, you can be assured that you’ll be definitely adding value to your home. And no matter how much your home sells for, houses with hardwood floors have been proven to sell faster than those without it.
How much and how often are you willing to clean? You vacuum carpet; you sweep a hardwood floor. With carpeting, even daily vacuuming won’t eliminate the need to use a professional carpet cleaner at least once a year. This is because dirt is more easily tracked onto carpets than wood, and more visible. Carpet wears easily where people walk the most on it, too.
If there’s a spill, you can easily wipe it off a wood floor. With carpets, you’ll have to use a special carpet cleaner to make sure the liquid doesn’t stain the carpet. It can be a real hassle.
If anyone in your household has allergies, hardwood flooring is the smarter choice. Wood floors don’t trap and hold allergens the way carpets do. Among the types of allergens are dust, hair and other tiny particulates that can aggravate allergies and cause sinus and respiratory problems. Wood floors will not hold these kinds of particles as long as they’re swept regularly.
Hardwood floors last longer. Carpets usually last about 10 years, while wood floors are estimated to last between 25 to 30 or more years. It’s also important how each type of flooring ages. For instance, carpets just look uglier as they get older. They become worn and discolored. As wood floors age, sometimes a more worn-looking wood is actually preferable to homeowners. So that’s also something to consider.
Of course, if you plan to stay in your home a long time, you should choose the type of flooring that you prefer. You may want hardwood floors in some of the major traffic areas of your home, such as the living room, kitchen and other main rooms. And you might prefer carpet in the bedrooms. For cold New England winters, it can be nice to have carpet in the bedrooms, and area rugs in main living areas to give your home a nice warm feel.
The popularity of different kinds of woods varies, although oak, walnut and hickory remain the favorites. Some people are also choosing more wide planked flooring. Choices vary depending on your own personal style.
At Sequoia Ltd., we’d like to help you make the transition to wood flooring. We provide a wide range of flooring options, and can assist you with any questions you may have. Check our blog regularly to learn more. If you’re ready to increase the value of your home, contact us today.