At Floor Coverings International Metro East, we help families living in the greater O'Fallon, Edwardsville, and Belleville area find their dream flooring. Part of our job is educating our customers about their flooring options. Hardwood floors have long been one of the most popular choices for O’Fallon homeowners who love its beauty and utility. Oftentimes we hear that a customer would love hardwood, but they believe that it is expensive or requires too much maintenance. Today, we are going to set the record straight and dispel some of the most common hardwood myths.
1. Hardwood flooring requires a lot of maintenance.
It is important to protect hardwood from moisture. Hardwood tends to buckle and warp when it encounters standing water, which is why you rarely find hardwood floors in bathrooms. Other than that, hardwood is a very low-maintenance flooring option. Simply sweep and vacuum regularly to remove dust and outside debris. After many years, when it begins to show its age, hardwood can be easily refinished to restore its original sheen.
2. Hardwood is expensive.
Hardwood flooring has a large upfront cost, but it is one of the best investments you can make for your home. Solid hardwood floors can last for a century when they’re properly maintained, all the while increasing your property values. Alternatives such as laminate and luxury vinyl tile are cheaper to buy and install, but they will only last for a few decades.
3. All hardwood is the same.
Hardwood is one of the most versatile flooring materials on the market. Red oak and Brazilian cherry may both be considered hardwoods, but they could not be any different in terms of aesthetics and durability. Most species of hardwood comes in a variety of styles and finishes. At Floor Coverings International Metro East, we carry wide plank cherry, hand scraped mahogany, and everything in between.
Your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Metro East know that it is hard to choose just one hardwood. Give us a call and learn more from one of our design associates. Find your dream floors today!
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