There are a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding wood flooring that may put you in a bind if you care to believe in them. However, you need to take things easy and carefully weigh in all the pros and cons before you finally select a flooring option that’s right for you, while understanding the myths in question.
Here are 9 myths surrounding wood flooring:
Hardwood floors shouldn’t be used in kitchen
Contrary to the common belief, hardwood floors are actually a wonderful choice for kitchens, adding to the elegance and comfort in one of the most important rooms in your home. If the right types of woods are chosen and are installed and treated in a proper manner, hardwood can withstand the conditions and traffic of a kitchen for a long period of time. Hardwood also perfectly complements any shape, color, layout and design chosen for a kitchen.
Wood floors aren’t long lasting
There are types of woods that are a lot more durable as compared to the rest. For those who have either kids or pets at home, a harder wood that is more durable is the best choice.
Wood Floors Are a Bad Choice If You Have Pets
Wood floors can withstand any type of lifestyle.
A proper finish of the wood flooring can minimize its wear and tear. The market is full of quality finish products that are sturdy enough for standing up to a very busy family life.
Wood floors can scratch easily
Almost all flooring options show some amount of wear over a period of time: however, wood flooring is the only option available whose wear can be repaired to give a brand new look.
Wood flooring scratches occur only in the finish and the wood itself, which is reparable with a maintenance coat. This process involves the wood flooring finish is slightly abraded and a fresh, new coat of the finish is applied.
In case of scratches occurring in the wood, i.e. deeper down, the flooring needs to be sanded and then refinished. For scratches that are deeper and in the wood, the flooring can be sanded and refinished. A well-trained wood flooring professional having the right equipment normally just removes a bit of the flooring material for making such repairs. Once the scratches are removed, a fresh coat of the finish is applied, and the floor is restored to its original luster.
High heel shoes will not damage a wood floor
High heel shoes are actually damaging to hardwood flooring as they strike the floor with a lot of force. High heels or spiked heels that are in a state of disrepair are quite harmful to the wood flooring especially.
Wood Floors Are Not Eco-Friendly
There is an awareness and concern among the people regarding mass deforestation. There are many non-profit organizations that are doing laudable work of supervising responsible treatment of forests. Floor manufacturers that are accredited to these organizations have to maintain certain standards, showing that they haven’t harmed forests and wildlife present therein in any negative way. A forest that has been responsible managed could actually be growing in size due to the planting of new trees, thus ensuring that it becomes a sustainable resource.
Cutting down trees to make wood flooring contributes to global warming
All responsible hardwood flooring companies only buy their lumber from those areas that are designated specifically to grow trees for lumber. This ensures that no new areas are deforested, as trees are grown only in the designated tree farms. Also, the trees are grown based on a rotation schedule to ensure that the soil is not damaged. This makes sure that the trees are razed in an environmentally-friendly, self-contained manner.
Wood floors involve a lot of maintenance
While hardwood flooring does require maintenance, the same goes true for any type of flooring.
As compared to the other types of flooring, dry mopping on a regular basis with an occasional once-over by applying a conditioner will ensure that the hardwood floors won’t require any major maintenance or refinishing for at least 10-15 years and still keep looking amazing. Regular dry mopping for the removal of particles and dust from the floors that can reduce the luster of the flooring over a period of time and prompt cleaning up of liquid spills is all that is required to keep hardwood floors looking beautiful.
Wood floors are expensive
While the initial cost of wood flooring installation is actually more, in the long-term, it is one of the most cost-effective flooring option available. If wood flooring has been installed and maintained properly, it can last for centuries. In contrast, the other flooring options normally have a service life of not more than 20 years, which means that they will need to be replaced far more frequently.
Wood floors can be refinished by sanding many times during their service lives for restoration of their luster and beauty. Wood flooring is also adaptable to style and décor changes with passage of time and thus don’t get outdated, unlike other flooring options.
All these factors make wood flooring a wonderful long-term investment option and also the least expensive, when you consider their total service life.