Hardwood floors can almost be considered a new product considering how many improvements have been made in recent years. However, despite all the advantages, many people do not even consider hardwood floors. Due to many old misconceptions, which are no longer true, and some that really never existed, many people firmly reject hardwood flooring. Let's see what has changed by looking at some of these old ideas.
Is it difficult to care for wooden floors?
That might have been the case with wood floors earlier, but not anymore. Newer, higher-quality wooden floors have a paintable topcoat, but again this is not always necessary. Even the cheapest hardwood floors can be well cared for by strategically using rugs and always using furniture floor protectors.
Wooden Flooring Is Expensive
Like anything quality, wood floors can end up being costly. To say that wooden flooring is the most expensive of all floors is not necessarily true, however. Since this product comes more directly from a natural source than many other types of flooring, the region in which you live can have a large impact on prices.
There are also aesthetic considerations that really don't exist with many other types of flooring. If wooden floors seem extremely pricey, be sure that you're comparing apples to apples. You may find that you're comparing different quality floors altogether.
Isn't Wooden Flooring Bad For The Environment?
This is one of the biggest myths surrounding wooden floors and, ironically, is also the furthest from the truth. We all know that wood comes from trees, and that, in recent years, trees have been disappearing at an alarming rate. Well, this is what we think we know, anyway, because we see trees being bulldozed and hear all the reports of doom from the media.
The truth is, there was actually less standing hardwood timber fifty years ago. This is due to careful management of forests that are grown specifically for this purpose. No other type of flooring comes directly from a resource that can be, and is, simply regrown.