Busted! Don’t Believe These Hardwood flooring Myths!

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Hardwood floors have been in vogue since time immemorable. They were believed to be a symbol of status and luxury, as they were considered costly and high maintenance. Over the years, it has become easier to acquire wood floorboards in different patterns, styles, and finishes. Also, modern technology and advanced skills have made it easier to preserve and protect these floors.

However, despite repeated efforts to dispel misconceptions related to hardwood, several of these falsehoods are believed as the truth. Unfortunately, trusting these myths can lead to you missing out on the best flooring option that matches your budget and lifestyle.

To help you steer clear of these false facts, Al Havner & Sons Hardwood Flooring has debunked three of the most widely believed myths about hardwood flooring.

1. Wood floors are expensive.

Wood floors initially may cost more than other flooring options, but in the long run, wood flooring is one of the most cost-effective flooring options available. When properly installed and maintained, wood floors can last for hundreds of years. Other flooring options will likely have a service life of ten to twenty years, which means they will need to be replaced five to ten times as often as wood floors.

There are numerous examples of wood floors older than three hundred years old that are still in service today. Most wood floors can be sanded and refinished several times during their service lives to restore beauty and luster. Besides, wood floors can adapt to any décor and style changes over the years while other flooring options can look dated and require replacement based on new decorating trends.

These factors make wood floors a tremendous long-term investment and one of the least expensive flooring options available when considering total service life.

2. Investing in wood flooring doesn’t make sense if you plan to move.

Wood floors can add significant value to a home, potentially raising its sales price. A survey of real estate agents in the US revealed that 99% people believe homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell, 82% believe they sell faster, and 90% believe they sell for more money, up to 10% more. It means if a home valued at $200,000 were to invest $10,000 in hardwood flooring, at an increased home sales value of 10%, the house potentially could sell for $220,000, doubling the homeowner’s initial wood flooring investment.

3. Purchasing wood floors depletes forests.

Wood flooring is the most environmentally friendly flooring option available. Through sustainable forest management, wood can be harvested with minimal impact on the environment because trees are a renewable natural resource. According to the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, for every cubic foot of hardwood harvested in the US, 1.66 cubic feet is planted in its place. This has resulted in a 90% increase in standing hardwood volume in the US since 1953, which currently is about 328 billion cubic feet.

Also, because wood floors can last hundreds of years, they use fewer raw materials, energy and natural resources.

If you’re looking to steer clear of these myths and get the best hardwood flooring, reach out to Al Havner & Sons Hardwood Flooring. We are one of the most qualified home renovation contractors in Royal Oak, serving across the Detroit Metro area, Michigan.

Al Havner & Sons is a family run business with over twenty years of experience in hardwood floor installation and refinishing, providing reputable service across the Metro Detroit area. From the time we started till today our quality standards have only improved. There are many ways to install hardwood floors, but it ultimately depends on the subfloor of your home. We make sure to check this before we get to work so the most effective method can be used.

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