When you are considering flooring for your home, one of the most popular options is quality hardwood flooring; but, while it suits some, is it a good fit for you?
Are you a hardwood flooring person?
Firstly, which is more important to you: cost or value? Are you strapped for cash and want some floor covering for the short-term; or do you want something costing a little more but which will last you for years? Good quality wooden floors may have a higher price tag than certain types of budget flooring, but they are an investment that will last you decades.
Next, think how much dirt your household generates. If you have pets or children, you will know just how much mud they can drag through your home. A damp mop, simple brush or light vacuum removes such muck from a hardwood floor with ease; likewise, with sticky juice spills!
A hardwood floor is also far kinder to allergy sufferers and is less likely to harbour allergens such as dust and pet dander than carpets.
If you are a pet-owner, not only will it be easy to clean up those muddy paw prints from a hardwood floor, but you will not need to use as much flea spray around the home; those unwelcome “wee beasties” your cat or dog may bring into the home won’t survive long on hard flooring, in contrast with carpets.
Not for everyone
On the other hand, the smooth surface of a hardwood flooring may not suit everyone. If you or family members are elderly, consider the trip-hazards presented by rugs on hard flooring and the potential issues with falls onto its harder surface.
Another consideration with hardwood flooring is that of noise, especially on upper floors. If you already think that your family sound like a herd of elephants, one of our thick carpets and decent underlay may be a better option for you!