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Weigh many pros, cons of hardwood floors

Hardwood flooring gives a warm and inviting look to any home. You can install it in a contemporary home as well as a traditional one.

Some fear using wood as their main flooring throughout the house. Perhaps some cons they’ve heard come from these facts. Solid wood flooring is 100 percent hardwood that is milled from lumber. Hardwood reacts to changes in moisture and extreme temperatures, which can cause it to shrink or expand. All solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished if needed over the years so they do last forever but there is maintenance that needs to be addressed.

Using wood on stairs is beautiful but noisy. Also, safety is an issue. A wood stair is slippery, unlike one covered with carpet. A wood stair with a runner up the middle will solve those problems.

Here are some pros. Consider engineered wood flooring. It is built up of layers of wood consisting of three to 10 layers that are glued together. This multi-ply structure gives engineered wood superior stability, which reduces concerns associated with shrinking and expanding when temperature and humidity change. Engineered wood can be installed in kitchens and in bathrooms so no worries there.

Consider a laminate flooring. It has four layers consisting of a wear layer, a design layer, an inner core layer and a backing layer. This layered construction makes laminate floors remarkably durable. And it looks very much like a regular hardwood floor.

Hard flooring surfaces are allergy sufferer friendly. Allergens like pet dander and dust tend to build up in carpet and even with frequent vacuuming, the allergens can still be there. Those allergens don’t have as many hiding places in hardwood floors.

Another pro: A house with hardwood floors will usually have an advantage over one that has other flooring when it comes to real estate sales.