When choosing a new flooring, often you’re faced with a dizzying array of choices. It can be hard to decide with so many pros and cons to consider. Still, there are some myths out there that are so prolific that it’s hard to escape them. Here are some myths and some answers to unasked questions to help make your choice easier.
10 Myths About Your Floor
Wood floors are expensive
They can be, yes, for exotic flooring and rare woods. However, that’s not all wood floors. In fact, when you consider the lifespan of a wood floor, things come rather clearly into view. Wood floors are one of the best in terms of long-term value.
Wood floors require no maintenance
Depending on the finish, some wood floors really do require regular maintenance. Waxing, polishing, and occasional changing of boards is necessary to maintain a nice appearance and longevity of your floor.
Wood floors can’t stand up to wear and tear
Natural and engineered wood floors can handle some real wear and tear. Softwoods like Douglas Fir can’t really handle the stresses of a busy household, but a wood like Patagonian Rosewood can not only handle it, but you’d be hard-pressed to find something it can’t handle.
Laminate floors are indestructible
Many laminate floors cannot even handle water left on them for long periods of time, so make sure you know what you expect of any flooring material and make sure you speak with an expert about your flooring needs before you buy.
Wood and laminate floors provide no warmth to a room
This isn’t true at all–wood and laminate floors may not be quite as warming and cozy as carpet, but they can make a room both look and feel warm. Many homeowners use area rugs to help warm a wood-floored room.
Investing in wood floors is foolish if you plan to move
Hardwood floors are infinitely livable and many are very durable, meaning you should have no trouble selling it even with some minor cosmetic damage.
Carpeting is less expensive than wood floors
This is a common misconception. Wood flooring has a higher upfront cost than carpet, but carpet has a much shorter lifespan–around 3-5 years–compared with hardwood floors that can last beyond a lifetime.
Carpeting is hard to clean
Carpet is easy to clean! It just requires some specialized equipment that can be rented from your local vacuum store or you can have a cleaning service bring it. The carpet should be shampooed every six months to a year to maintain hygiene and keep it smelling fresh.
Allergy sufferers shouldn’t have carpet
Carpet has a reputation for holding on to allergens and musty odors like pollen, mold, and dander. However, with regular shampooing and maintenance, carpeting can be a great option for allergy sufferers.
Carpet looks old fashioned
Where this idea came from is a mystery, but with the vast range of style and color options available today, carpeting is a perfect option for the contemporary home.
While the search for the perfect carpeting can sometimes be stressful with so many factors to consider, consult a professional to find the best option for your busy lifestyle.
Now you can make your choice about your floor with your eyes wide open. You know what you are getting into and can make more informed decisions. You always have the convenience to ask experts about suggestions or questions you have. Custom Carpet and Floor have been in the business for a long time and can always guide you properly. All you have to do is ask!