Many people are faced with having to choose brand new floors when doing a renovation. Wood floors are beautiful, warm and very durable. That said, they are only fabulous if they are in the right house. They may not always suitable for your home for a variety of reasons.
Wood floors are amongst the most expensive floor coverings. They will cost more than carpet, tile and vinyl for sure. This makes a lot of homeowners think twice about installing wood floors in the first place.
Wood floors cost more because they are made from natural materials. They take more work and skill to install than other flooring options.
Durability and Lifespan
A hardwood floor that is cared for and maintained should last 100 years. A lot of school gyms and high rise apartment buildings have parquet wood floors. They last a long time and can withstand a lot of wear.
The difference with carpet or vinyl is the lifespan. They don’t last long and have to be ripped up and thrown out within a few years – obviously depending on wear.
Small children, dogs and high heel shoes are the main culprits of scratches and dents in wood floors. Scratches and dents can be repaired. The great thing about hardwood floors is they can be sanded down and refinished