Hardwood flooring is among one of the most attractive, timeless, and classic options for flooring in your home. Hardwood flooring is envied by homeowners who have wall-to-wall carpet and admired by those who opt for ceramic tiles in their homes instead. Hardwood floors are viewed highly among homeowners for their longevity and quality. But how do you decide which rooms to put hardwood floors in?
Before installing hardwood flooring in a room, consider the benefits and cost of this flooring option. Most hardwood floors require professional installation, so keep that in mind as you make your flooring decision.
A great feature of hardwood flooring is that it's versatile; you can choose coloration and grain of the floors, or choose between engineered or solid hardwood. Both have their advantages and disadvantages depending on the needs of your space, your budget, and your preferences.
Hardwood flooring evokes charm and warmth and makes a room look open and spacious. Hardwood floors can easily be put in almost any room of your home, but designers advise against using in bathrooms and laundry rooms, as the frequent use of water in these rooms can greatly diminish the quality of your hardwood and cause expansion and unleveling. Instead, using water-resistant ceramic tile or marble is an option for both bathrooms and laundry rooms.
For bedrooms and offices, hardwood floors can be an excellent choice, particularly if you do not wish to regularly vacuum carpet. Hardwood floors require sweeping and mopping, but even when the surfaces accumulate dirt, hardwood floors maintain an elegant appearance.
Carpet may be preferred for rooms where children play, but really hardwood can be placed in any room. With a good area rug to accent your hardwood floors, the inclusion of hardwood in bedrooms or living rooms is becoming a more common option for homeowners.
Another reason to use hardwood flooring in your home is that it's the gold standard of flooring. A hardwood floor can add value to your home, and if you're interested in selling or flipping a house, hardwood is a draw for potential homeowners because it's known as a front-runner in high-quality flooring.