As a Bay Area homeowner or property owner, you have a strangely difficult decision to make about your floors. Should you install hardwood floors or stick with tile or carpeting?

The short answer is: hardwood. In general, hardwood holds substantial advantages over both tile and carpeting.

Hardwood vs Carpet

Carpet fibers tend to collect dust, dander, particulate matter, and even volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are more impervious to these pollutants. So even if you don’t have young children and pets romping around, tracking in dirt and grime, hardwood is a great option simply because it’s so easy to keep clean and tidy.

Hardwood vs Tiling

Tiling can look great, but it can also be a storehouse for gross grime, crud, and dirt. The grout often needs to be resealed annually and undergo other maintenance. Tiling can also make a fine home for insects and other pests. Tiling is also very hard. If you have small children roaming around, tiling can be a bad choice because of its hardness.

Advantages of Hardwood Floors

Aesthetics – who doesn’t love the elegance, simplicity, and cleanliness of a well-maintained and installed hardwood floor? Wood is a classic look, whether you are aiming for a rustic colonial aesthetic or modern twenty-first century design.
Environmentally friendly – depending on how and where you source your wood, you can actually protect the environment. This is especially true over the long-term. It requires far less energy, chemicals, and manpower to keep hardwood floors clean. Simple, basic, environmentally friendly maintenance is basically all you need.
Engineered for the long-term – If you install and maintain the floor correctly, you can basically “set it and forget it,” with the exception of basic maintenance.

Elegant Floors | Bay Area Hardwood Floor Installation

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The Bay Area hardwood floor experts at Elegant Floors will take care of your floors, install them for you, and answer all of your remodeling questions. Find out more about how we can help at, or call 650-961-1339 to get your free inspection and estimate.

Is Wood Really that Much Better than Tile or Carpet?
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