A real hardwood floor will last the life of the home and can be refinished multiple times as needed. Most other types of flooring will be replaced every 5 to 7 years. Therefore, when considering the life-cycle cost of different types of flooring, hardwood actually ends up being less expensive in most cases. If bought with a new home for example, hardwood flooring will still be in service at the end of a 30 year mortgage, while most other flooring will have been replaced approximately 5 times.
Hardwood floors add as much as 10% to the value of a home offered for resale according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors. Just look in the real estate ads; if a home has hardwood flooring, it’s noted in the listing because realtors know hardwood floors are in demand and will help sell the home.
Increased concern for health has brought many people to hardwood flooring. The medical community is on record in favor of hard surface flooring, since carpet is the primary culprit in harboring dust and dust mites in home or office.
Hardwood is clearly the trend in flooring design with many innovative products now available from which to choose.