As contractors and retailers, you are likely called upon to make recommendations on flooring choices for your customers. Many people are often on the fence between hardwood and carpeting for their homes and businesses. Here, we provide four reasons why hardwood is a superior choice over carpet.
1. Long-lasting value: Hardwood floors quite simply last longer than carpet, with a solid hardwood floor expected to last between 80 and 100 years with regular use. To extend its use, you can refinish hardwood to freshen the appearance up to seven times before the integrity of the planks is compromised. Although you’ll pay more upfront for hardwood, you’ll get many more years of life out of it, with a lasting value that’s unmatched in the flooring industry.
2. Sustainability: When you purchase hardwood, make sure it comes from a responsibly-managed forest that meets or exceeds standards put forth by the Sustainable Forest Initiative or the Forest Stewardship Council. As a sustainable and renewable material, wood is a wise choice for those looking to choose eco-friendly flooring options. Because some sealants and finishes can emit VOCs (or volatile organic compounds), choose a hardwood that doesn’t emit a lot of VOCs in order to maintain the integrity of your indoor air quality. To truly get the most out of wood, choose reclaimed wood products that come from old barns, structures and wine barrels.
3. Easy to Clean. While hardwood inherently has whirls and patterns in it that bring out the natural beauty of the grain, those distinct patterns are what mask man-made imperfections after installation. Small nicks and grooves can be filled in, stains can be removed and all you need is a buffing machine and some wax to bring more shine to the flooring every few years. By the same token, everyday cleaning of hardwood is made easier through the use of mops and brooms, which you can’t use on carpets. With hardwood, pet hair, crumbs and dust are easier to see and therefore easier to gather with a broom. When you spill food or drink on carpeting, you have to work hard to get that stain out, and even then, it’s not guaranteed you won’t see a faded stain there in the future. With hardwood, a simple wet rag or paper towel will eliminate the spill immediately.
4. No allergens. Carpeting can harbor allergens such as pet dander, dust mites, dirt, debris and dust, which can lead to asthma and allergy flare-ups. Allergens simply have nowhere to hide in hardwood, which makes it an ideal option for those suffering from upper respiratory tract illness. With carpeting, vacuuming only gets up the surface dust and dirt. A lot of dirt is still nestled into the fibers of the carpet that can’t be readily removed with a vacuum. Those allergens stay hidden until a thorough shampooing is performed, which can be expensive.
In addition to the reasons above, hardwood is the hot trend in homes today, and has been for a while. It’s sleek, stylish, and fits with many different decors. Help your customers choose a flooring option that never goes out of style, especially since there are so many shades, stains and patterns to choose from now. Hardwood flooring can also be complemented with patterned area rugs to meet changing decor needs throughout the years. Contact Adleta today, your trusted hard surface flooring distributor.
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