Solid Hardwood Floors: What To Consider Before You Buy

Solid Hardwood Floors

The Pros & Cons of Solid Hardwood Floors

Hardwood is a lovely feature to add into any home. It can be beautiful and classic. It can be modern and urban. No matter what your style, solid hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to homes. However, it is always a confusing decision process when remodeling your home. What kind of wood should you chose? The following are the pros and cons of solid hardwood to help you make the most informed decision.

The Benefits:

  • Solid hardwood can be refinished. If your home has a dog with long nails or if your movers accidentally scratch your floors, no worries! Solid hardwood floors can be refinished up to six to eight times.
  • Solid hardwood floors offer a classic look to your home. Wood is ALWAYS in style. Why not put in a flooring that is perennial!
  • Solid hardwood is easy to care for and easy to clean.

The Disadvantages

  • Hardwood floors do not do well in “wide-plank.” Thus, if you are looking for a design with wood slats in large dimensions, solid hardwood floors are probably not the best choice.
  • Sometimes, solid hardwood floors tend to gap. As time and weather takes its toll on the floor, the wood may expand and bow.
  • Solid hardwood floors show dirt and dust easily.
  • Solid hardwood tends to show its wear. Scratches from pets or a bad furniture move, will make a mark on the wood.
  • Solid hardwood comes in 3/4 inch thickness. This characteristic can cause height clearance issues with the cabinets and appliances fitted around the wood.
  • Finally, solid hardwood requires floor preparation. It will take longer to install than other woods.

If you have more questions about flooring or hardwood choices, feel free to contact us. We would love to answer your quandaries!