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The Bedroom Floors: Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring

Next to carpeting, hardwood flooring is the most popular choice for bedroom flooring. Among real estate professionals, genuine hardwood is usually regarded as one of the best flooring materials. Not only is it beautiful and hard-wearing, but it’s also relatively warm and durable. Even better, it’s environmentally friendly.

Pros

Attractive surface: Hardwood extends a warm, natural beauty to a bedroom. The look will vary depending on wood species and finish, but wood almost always lends a feeling of primal beauty to a room.

Warmer and more resilient than tile and stone: While it’s obviously not as soft as its carpeting, hardwood planks do have some yield and are softer and warmer underfoot than most tile and stone alternatives. Hardwood can be combined with throw rugs and area rugs to make the floor even more amenable.

Improves real estate value: While it wasn’t always the case, in today’s real estate market, hardwood flooring is a much sought-after flooring, and homes with hardwood tend to sell faster and for a slightly higher selling price.

Durable, long-lasting material: When cared for properly, hardwood flooring can last as long as the house itself. It is unlikely your hardwood floors will need to be replaced unless you do it for aesthetic reasons.

Recyclable material: At the end of its life, old hardwood flooring almost always has a market as a second-hand material. Many recycling centers accept old hardwood flooring, and if a landfill is the only option, hardwood breaks down naturally.

Non-allergenic: Hardwood is easy to sweep and wipe clean of dust, pollen, and other allergens. For allergy sufferers, hardwood is an ideal flooring.

Cons

Maintenance is tricky: Hardwood flooring is fairly resistant to stains and damage, but when damage does occur, it can be hard to repair. And hardwood needs to be sealed occasionally and eventually will need to be stripped and refinished.

Relatively expensive: Quality solid hardwood is one of the pricier flooring choices. Materials plus installation costs range from $6 to $25 per square foot, depending on the type of wood selected.

No thermal or sound insulation value: Hardwood floors offer no insulation value, and they are noisy, with no sound absorption or dampening effect.

Harder than cork or carpeting: Although not a fully rigid surface, a child or older adult on hardwood flooring still runs the risk of injury from falls.

What About Bamboo?

Bamboo flooring is often lumped together with hardwood, since the products are similar in quality and use the same installation methods. However, the bamboo plant is actually a form of grass, not a wood. Bamboo grows very quickly, making it a completely renewable material, and flooring made from bamboo fibers is actually harder than most hardwoods, making it a very durable flooring. This easy-to-care-for flooring usually costs less than $5 per square foot for materials, with installation adding about $5 per square foot. This makes it comparable to mid-range hardwood flooring. The look is quite unique, and it is worth checking into bamboo flooring if you are already considering hardwood.

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