Is hardwood flooring expensive?
When considering the fact that wood flooring can last for many years, decades even, consumers realize the price for hardwood flooring is not expensive. There are many factors like the construction of your planks, wood species, the type of finish, all affect the cost of the wood flooring and also it’s longevity.
On average $8-$15 per square foot for hardwood flooring installed here in Southern California. There is options lower and much higher also.
How long does hardwood flooring last?
That can depend on the traffic of the floors, the hardwood species used, the thickness of the top wear layer and the surface finish all affect the longevity of your wood flooring. Here in our part of the country we see floors being kept at least 10-15 years before ever even being re-finished for the first time. Most floors can be re-finished at least 2-3 times giving you several decades of use.
There is homes in our neighborhoods with hardwood flooring from the 50’s and even older.
Are wood floors waterproof?
No. While many Urethane finishes used and installation methods can help protect the surface of the wood from water and moisture intrusion temporarily, these are real timber floors and require very low moisture content to perform at their best. Water and high moisture levels will damage your wood flooring.
What are the PROS and CONS of hardwood floors?
Wood flooring has many PROS:
- It is highly desirable making it good for resale value of your home.
- Widely available in many colors and designs.
- It’s a natural, renewable resource.
- Easy to clean.
- Lasts a long time and can also be re-finished for a new look.
Interestingly enough one of the CONS to hardwood for some homeowners is also one of its benefits, that is that it can require some maintenance. Because it is a natural timber product it can scratch, dent and the surface finish wears over time, needing refinishing.
Another couple downsides to wood flooring:
- Not a good choice for bathrooms or in “wet” areas. As mentioned hardwood likes to be installed in areas that are dry.
- It has a higher acquisition cost when you compare it so say a carpeting, vinyl or even luxury vinyl plank.
Is Bamboo hardwood flooring?
Technically no. Bamboo is actually a grass not a hardwood, however when mixed with resins it can be as hard or even much harder than many hardwood floors. Because of this, as well as it’s quick renewability when compared to hardwood timber, it has made bamboo flooring appealing as a type of flooring in many residential households.
Some negatives of bamboo are the limited range of color and textures, it’s environmental effects due to the resins used on production as well as the lack of ability for refinishing because of the same resin’s mixed in the flooring.