Hello, hardwood floors. If you’ve been living with the same stained carpet for more than a decade, it’s time to put your foot down. You deserve luminous wood floors that last through trends, spilled juice, and toddlers on trikes. If you’ve been on the fence but awaiting the day, now’s the time to take action. In under a week your world will be transformed. Here are the 7 reasons you’re ready for fabulous new floors.
They Look Great
We know, life isn’t about looks—but a beautiful home definitely makes the days more pleasant. Hardwood floors create warmth and add a natural element to a room. They create a sense of space, opening up even cramped living rooms with their feeling of light. And to top it off, they’re elegant, lending a timeless chic to your casa. What’s not to love?
Happy Lungs and Sinuses
Suffer from allergies or asthma? The National Center for Healthy Homes recommends non-toxic hard floors over carpet, especially in your room to help decrease triggers. The basic science behind the idea is mites, dust, and other floating ickies get trapped in the fibers of the carpet, exacerbating your symptoms. A smooth surface, like a natural hardwood floor, won’t harbor your little enemies. Hardwood floors not only look good, they make you feel good, too.
Refinish Not Replace
With a great installation pro who primes properly and offers a quality product, you can have the top layer of your wood floor refinished 3 to 4 times before it needs to be fully replaced. Depending on your lifestyle (Do you host high heel parties often? Do your kiddos practice knife throwing in the common room? Are you pretty chill and wear slippers at home?) a healthy floor finish can last up to 10 years, giving you cumulative decades of floor life when refinished as needed.
They Last and Last
Speaking of floor life, hardwood floors outlast carpet. We’re not picking on carpet, it’s just a fact that wood is tougher. Carpet retains smells, stains and strange airborne critters in a way hard floors just don’t.
They’re Easier to Clean
Unless you take great pleasure in vacuuming carpets, hardwood floors are easier to maintain. When you don’t vacuum on a regular basis, the carpet and padding get matted down and the dirt and grime get ground into the fibers. Hardwood floors may look a little dingy if you don’t sweep or mop for two weeks (no judgement here), but they won’t suffer as much due to negligence. They’re good looking, low-maintenance and long-lasting. Triple threat.
They Offer Lots of Style Options
Hardwood floors go with everything. They suit modern industrial monochromatic, funky boho color explosions, or classically elegant understated tones. No matter how many home decor revolutions you undergo in the coming decades, your hardwood floors will support you, every step of the way.
They’re Earth Friendly
Hardwood floors are happy for the planet. If you’re concerned about chemicals, petroleum in carpets, or sustainability, seek out earth friendly wood sources that are not only beautiful but do well by the planet, too. The Forest Stewardship Council is a great place to learn more.
They Never Go Out of Style
Just like your hardwood floors match every home decor mood you’ll have, they never go out of style. They’re simple, elegant and timeless—the perfect base for your style maven home decorating ways.