You’re at a crossroads. You know your carpet needs to be replaced, but you also have the option of simply exposing the hardwood floors underneath. While both options will require work and an investment there are benefits to exposing the hardwood floors. Here are just a few of the reasons you should pull up your rug and embrace hardwood flooring.
Hardwood Flooring Increases the Value of Your Home
While it may take a bit of time and money to return your hardwood flooring to its former glory, it’s well worth it. Home buyers are looking for hardwood flooring. It doesn’t even matter if the flooring is a hundred years old. In fact, many buyers are even happier with flooring that matches the period of the home.
It’s Easier to Keep Clean
A quick swipe with a dust mop and the occasional sweeping will keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful. With rugs and carpeting, you will need to vacuum at least once a week and shampoo the carpets to keep them looking new. It’s plain to see that hardwood floors involve much less work. Not to mention that they are a thousand times easier to spot clean.
Hardwood Flooring Is Easier to Maintain
Not only can shampooing your carpet and rugs be expensive, but it can take hours to dry. Thanks to several products on the market, you can quickly polish your hardwood floors so that they shine and look pristine for months to come. Best of all, you won’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to maintain these floors.
The Colors Are Easier to Change
Tired of that blue carpet? Well, that will be around $1,000 to change throughout your entire home. Tired of those oak floors? That’s easy. Rent an industrial sander and sand away the layer of stain. You can then re-stain the flooring cherry, mahogany or any other color you choose.
Hardwood Flooring Is Breathtaking
If you want your home to have showroom quality, embrace those hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring looks much more expensive and posh than carpet and rugs. Your guests will be “floored” by the changes and asking for tips on how to achieve the same look in their own homes.
As you can see hardwood flooring is a wonderful thing. Not only does it increase the value of your home, but hardwood flooring is also easier to clean and maintain. Best of all, it allows you to update your home as your tastes change without spending a fortune.
About the Author: Amy is a full-time writer with a passion for home improvement and real estate. She also enjoys writing about personal finance and frequently contributes to creditloan.com.