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Hardwood Floor Myths

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When choosing a floor for your environment, it’s important to have all the facts.

Hardwood floors are known for their beauty, their value and their timelessness. It’s why they’re one of the most popular flooring choices. But hardwood floors are often disregarded entirely due to misconceptions.

We chatted to the experts to debunk several myths about hardwood floors, here’s what they had to say…

They’re expensive
Yes, they are expensive…initially. Carpet, vinyl and laminate flooring may be cheaper up front, but they need to be replaced every 10-20 years (depending on their quality). When properly cared for hardwood floors can last for hundreds of years, which means they’re actually very cost effective.

Wear and tear aside – hardwood floors have proven their ability to remain timeless, adapting to different decorating trends over the years. This makes them a great long-term investment, as they’re less likely to require replacement to suit different styles – unlike other alternatives which can appear dated.

They’re noisy
There’s no doubt about it, it is quieter to have carpet. But the noise levels in wood floored rooms can be adjusted very easily. Cloth materials are known to absorb sound and echoes, so when you furnish an area with furniture, rugs and curtains you will automatically reduce the amount of noise that comes with hardwood floors.

Living Room Accessories

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They’re hard to maintain
Routine maintenance for hardwood flooring is no different to that of carpet, vinyl or tiled floors. All it requires is a simple sweep with a light bristled brush or electrostatic mop. If you’d prefer to vacuum it, remember to switch off the beater bar or use a floor brush attachment. Wet mops and steam cleaners should be avoided as excess moisture can potentially cause water damage.

They scratch easily
While hardwood floors can be scratched, they don’t scratch easily and there are various precautions you can undertake to prevent them. The reality is, all types of floor will incur wear and tear over time, but unlike other alternatives which need to be replaced altogether, hardwood floors can be repaired and made to look brand new with a light sanding and refinish.

They’re cold
Wood floors are known to give a visual warmth in appearance, but can the same be said about physical warmth? Absolutely. Wood is an excellent insulator that maintains a steady temperature throughout the year. Not convinced? Underfloor heating is an option for those concerned about icy cold winters, but if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative – rugs can be incorporated for additional warmth while also adding an element of style to your decor.

Cosy Living Room

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