When planning for a home renovation project, it can be difficult to choose between new carpet and the many types of hardwood flooring available. For the pros at Smith Bros Flooring, however, there is a clear winner in the proverbial debate between hardwood and traditional carpet.
We believe hardwood is a preferable choice for nearly every home, and our experience serving the Calgary area for more than a century has shown us, time and time again, the benefits of hardwood. Here are a few key reasons for choosing hardwood when replacing the floors in your home:
Carpet has a terrible issue. It traps allergens and bacteria that can be harmful to the occupants of your home. Over time, it’s very difficult to clean enough to keep these allergens from accumulating and posing a health risk.
With hardwood floors, however, there is little opportunity for allergens and bacteria to become trapped in the tiny grooves of your floorboards. If you have one or more pets in your home, hardwood significantly reduces the chance of your guest suffering from pet allergies.
Less Maintenance Needs
Regular maintenance is essential if you want to keep the interior of your home clean and presentable. Hardwood floors, however, require less regular care than carpet and even when they do request more concentrated attention, care tends to be much easier with hardwood compared to carpet.
Liquid spills on carpets can result in permanent stains, but as long as you remove spills from hardwood relatively quickly, the chance for permanent damage is minimal. Regular sweeping is typically all that’s required to keep excessive dust from accruing on your floors.
Easier to Refinish
Unfortunately, Father Time takes a toll on all flooring surfaces, regardless of quality. While hardwood is much less susceptible to regular wear and tear than carpet, without proper maintenance it can still be dented or scratched over time.
If damage does occur, hardwood is much easier to refinish than carpet. Sufficiently cleaning carpet that has suffered multiple spills enough to make it look like new again is practically impossible. With hardwood floors, on the other hand, a professional service should be able to bring the shine back to your floors in a matter of 24-48 hours.
Because hardwood is much more durable than carpet, and it can be refinished when the appearance is no longer to your liking, hardwood has a much longer lifetime than carpet. When making a large investment in renovating your home, you should look for a flooring solution that will last. Well cared for hardwood floors should last the lifetime of your home.
The ‘Wow’ Factor
Hardwood has been used in some of the most prestigious homes around the world for decades. It adds value to your home and remains a popular option for many homeowners. If you want to make a great impression next time you host a casual dinner party, your new hardwood floors certainly won’t hurt your cause.
Once you decide you want to go with hardwood, you’ll still have a few important choices to make, including the exact type of wood you’ll use. Hardwood is extremely versatile, and many varieties are available to suit your interests. If you wish to speak to one of our flooring experts about your unique needs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-255-7791 today!