Why Hardwood Flooring is the Best for Your Home

by ACWG | June 26, 2024

When considering new flooring options, hardwood and laminate are popular choices due to their visual appeal and functionality. However, hardwood flooring offers distinct advantages that often make it the superior choice for many homeowners.

Durability and Longevity

Hardwood flooring is known for its exceptional durability and longevity. Solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished multiple times, allowing it to last for decades, if not centuries. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, consists of a photographic layer over a core of fiberboard, which can wear out and cannot be refinished. Once laminate is damaged, replacement is the only option.

 Aesthetic Appeal

Hardwood flooring exudes a timeless beauty that adds character and warmth to any space. Each plank of hardwood is unique, showcasing natural variations in grain, color, and texture. Laminate flooring, while designed to mimic the look of wood, often falls short in replicating these authentic details. The synthetic appearance of laminate can sometimes look repetitive and less genuine.

Value Addition

Hardwood floors are a significant investment that can increase the resale value of a home. Potential buyers often see hardwood as a premium feature and are willing to pay more for a house with hardwood floors. Laminate flooring, despite being cost-effective initially, does not provide the same return on investment and may even detract from a property's value compared to hardwood. Above is TerraDura's Hardwood flooring in the shade 'Petra'. TerraDura is a great choice for those seeking a sustainable and waterproof flooring option!

Environmental Considerations

Hardwood flooring is an environmentally friendly option, particularly when sourced from sustainably managed forests. Wood is a renewable resource and can be recycled or repurposed at the end of its life cycle. Laminate flooring, composed of synthetic materials, is less eco-friendly and can contribute to landfill waste once it’s no longer usable.

Air Quality and Health

Hardwood floors contribute to better indoor air quality. They do not harbor allergens such as dust, pollen, and pet dander, making them a healthier option for households with allergy sufferers. Laminate flooring, which is often made with chemicals and adhesives, can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that affect indoor air quality over time. Hartco's Timberbrushed Bronze collection is FloorCertified, meaning this floor is indoor air quality certified. Start shopping the TimberBrushed Bronze collection here to view more shades like 'Tranquil Shade', (photo on the right).

Repair and Maintenance

Hardwood floors are easier to repair and maintain. Minor scratches and dents can be sanded out and refinished, restoring the floor to its original beauty. Laminate floors, however, are more prone to damage from moisture and heavy wear, and repairing damaged sections often requires replacing entire planks, which can be challenging to match with existing flooring.

Acoustics and Comfort

Hardwood flooring provides better acoustics, reducing echoes and noise within a room. This creates a more pleasant living environment. Laminate flooring, with its harder surface and synthetic construction, can produce a hollow sound when walked upon, detracting from the comfort and ambiance of a space.

Key Features of Hardwood Flooring Over Luxury Vinyl

While luxury vinyl is another alternative, hardwood flooring still stands out for several reasons:

              • Authenticity: Hardwood offers an unmatched authentic look and feel. The natural grains and textures provide a unique aesthetic that luxury vinyl cannot truly replicate.
              • Temperature Regulation: Wood has natural insulating properties, helping to keep rooms warmer in winter and cooler in summer, unlike luxury vinyl, which can feel cold and uninviting.
              • Aging Gracefully: Hardwood develops a rich patina over time, enhancing its character and charm. Luxury vinyl tends to age less gracefully, showing wear and tear more noticeably.
              • Natural Variation: Each piece of hardwood is distinct, offering a variety of patterns and colors that contribute to a more dynamic and interesting flooring surface. Luxury vinyl, although varied, often repeats patterns and lacks the natural variation found in wood.
              • Prestige: Hardwood floors are often seen as a mark of luxury and sophistication. The prestige associated with real wood flooring can elevate the perceived quality of a home, something luxury vinyl, despite its name, does not achieve to the same extent.

              Choosing hardwood flooring over laminate or luxury vinyl ensures a durable, beautiful, and environmentally responsible choice that enhances both the aesthetic and financial value of your home.

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