Let’s face facts. The economy is not exactly in ship shape.
America’s credit rating was recently downgraded by S&P. The stock market is going haywire. So, why would homeowners want to “splurge” on installing hardwood floors? A lot of reasons. Budget conscious (and not so budget conscious) homeowners, landlords, and building owners alike might want to consider the hardwood floor option — even in this economy — for the following reasons:
1. Natural, timeless aesthetic.
Hardwood floors are made from natural material. Whether you’re a homeowner, a corporate executive, or a visitor, you will appreciate the aesthetic, clean feel, beauty, and quality of the hardwood option. It’s hard to quantify the “feng shui” element of hardwood (versus, say, carpets or synthetic material), but this is an element that should be considered.
2. Increase the value of your home, condo, or building.
When you install hardwood floors – assuming that you do it correctly and take care of the floors – you boost the sale and rental value of the property. Yes, it might cost some money to install the floors and to maintain them. But you have a good chance of making a return on that investment – and then some. Plus, you get to enjoy the aesthetic benefits we discussed in point one.
3. Easy maintenance.
Depending on how well you care for your floors, they can last a lifetime or longer. In many respects, they are also far easier to maintain than carpeted floors.
4. Health reasons.
It’s uncomfortable to think about the many, diverse, and scary types of bacteria and other “bad stuff” that lives in your carpets. But it’s a reality. Whether you have a toddler who suffers from asthma or you simply want to enjoy high quality indoor air, hardwood makes far more sense. It’s a lot easier to get rid of dust, dust mites, bacteria, pet dander, dirt, and even more when you install hardwood floors. Plus, carpets may slowly degas synthetic organic compounds, which can be another source of indoor air pollution. So when you get rid of carpets, you eliminate this other source of indoor air pollution.
Are hardwood floors right for you?
If this blog post has built an effective argument, and you are ready to make the transition to hardwood, connect immediately with the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula professionals at Elegant Floors.