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Hardwood Floors Provide Value And Luxury



When talking with real estate agents and specialists, you will find that one of their top concerns is how to increase the resale value and beauty of the homes they sell. This is unsurprising since a home represents one of the largest investments that most people will ever make. There are a multitude of ways to go about increasing the perceived value and beauty of a home, from exterior improvements such as landscaping and siding, to internal changes such as a fresh coat of paint. One of the easiest and perhaps most beautiful though is by installing or restoring hardwood flooring.

There is something about a hardwood floor that is intrinsically pleasing to most people. While statistics vary by location, independent research claims that new or restored hardwood floors can increase the value of an existing home by as much as 15 percent. Even if the increase in home value is negligible though, it can't be denied that a hardwood floor makes a home feel more luxurious. So even if the hardwood flooring doesn't add to the value or sale price of the home, it will most likely speed the sale of the home and ensure that a buyer gets his or her asking price more easily.

If you haven't seen the beauty of hardwood floors in a home you might be asking yourself what is so special about them. In fact, besides being one of the most popular flooring options, hardwood floors have a number of benefits to the homeowner.

Consider the following hardwood flooring benefits:

Hardwood floors are one of the most affordable flooring options. When compared with the cost of premium grade carpeting, granite and other stones, and other flooring types it is easy to see that hardwood compares very favorably.

A hardwood floor is extremely durable and long lasting. If you've ever seen a restored farmhouse or the like, you will know that hardwood floors can last for hundreds of years when maintained properly.

A hardwood floor is very easy to maintain. A broom will keep your hardwood floor clean on a daily basis and an occasional polish is all they need to keep their warmth and charm for years.

When installed properly, wood floors are great insulators. The natural wood has thousands of small pockets within it that hold in the heat and the cool, reducing home heating and cooling bills year round.

They are a great choice for those who have allergies or asthma. Unlike carpets and other floor coverings, a hardwood floor will not gather dust and dust mites, not will it become a breeding ground for molds and mildew.

It doesn't matter if you are planning on moving and want the hardwood flooring to increase your resale value or if you are planning on staying and desire something that will make your home feel more luxurious and warm, a hardwood floor is a good choice. There are a multitude of options too, from light colored woods such as white ash and maple to a darker richer looking cyprus.

This article is by Ryan Cote, a writer for New Jersey based hardwood flooring specialist All Flortec, Inc.


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