Top 10 Myths About Hardwood Flooring
1. Hardwood should not be used in a kitchen. Contrary to popular belief, kitchens are one of the most popular rooms in a house for hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring is built to withstand heavy traffic, allowing for minimal maintenance. The best way to clean your hardwood floors is with a microfiber dust mop, as too much regular wet mopping can dull a floor finish and potentially lead to moisture damage of the wood.
2. Hardwood floors are expensive. Although hardwood floors may initially cost more than other flooring options, they are one of the most cost effective flooring options out there. When properly installed and maintained, hardwood floors can last hundreds of years! Most hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished several times throughout their lives. Another great thing about hardwood floors is that they can adapt to design styles and decor changes over time unlike other flooring options such as carpet or tile that will require future replacement. That is what makes it so cost effective.
3. Hardwood flooring scratches easily. All types and species of flooring show some sort of wear over time. Wood flooring is one of the only flooring options that you can repair and make look new again. Most scratches in hardwood occur on the finish, not the wood itself. These can be easily repaired by lightly sanding the area in which the scratches occur and applying a maintenance coat. For scratches that are deeper and in the wood, the hardwood floor can be sanded down and refinished.
4. Investing in hardwood floors doesn't make sense if you plan to sell your home. Hardwood floors can actually add significant value to a home. According to this article from USA Today, 11 Home Features Buyers Will Pay Extra For, 54% of home buyers are willing to pay extra for a home with hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors are more desirable because they are easier to clean than carpets, perfect for people with children, and for those homeowners expecting lots of guests!
5. Wood floors can't stand the wear and tear from children and pets. Hardwood flooring can withstand any lifestyle. Different types and species of hardwood have different durabilities and hardnesses which are measured using the Janka Scale. This scale measures how likely the species/type of hardwood flooring you choose will dent or show other signs of wear. Another factor of durability is the finish of the wood. Many finish products currently on the market withstand heavy traffic which may minimize the wear and tear on the wood itself.
6. Engineered hardwood is not real hardwood. Engineered hardwood is real hardwood! Engineered hardwood floors are manufactured using multiple layers of wood and wood veneers. With engineered wood, the only non-wood components are the adhesive used to bind the veneers together and the finish that is applied to the top veneer to protect the wood. Both are made using real hardwood and will look the same as a solid hardwood floor once installed.
7. Wood floors show dust and dirt more than other flooring options. Although dirt and dust may appear on hardwood floors, it does not harbor those dust and dirt allergens. It's easy to see and just as easy to remove, a great advantage for those who suffer from allergies. Dust and dirt appear on other flooring options as well, they may just be less visible.
8. It is best to keep my home at a low or dry humidity. False. It is best to keep your house at a temperature range from 60-80 degrees F and 30-50% humidity. Check out our article on Moisture Management for more information.
9. Hardwood flooring can be delivered and installed within the same day. Hardwood flooring needs time to properly acclimate to the temperature and humidity conditions in a home. This acclimation time can take 3-5 days or even longer depending on the type and species of the hardwood flooring you chose. We recommend checking with the wood manufacturer for proper acclimation times. If the floor isn't properly acclimated to the space in which it is being installed, problems such as cupping, warping, or gapping may occur.
10. Hardwood floors are not an eco-friendly option. Consumers often think that hardwood flooring is not an eco-friendly option due to the cutting down of trees. This is not the case as many wood manufacturers plant a tree for each one they cut down. In addition, hardwood that that is used for flooring most often comes from tree farms. Unlike laminate or vinyl plank flooring, hardwood floors will break down naturally.