Watch your step! The many benefits of hardwood flooring

Flooring America asked if I would allow them to sponsor a piece on hardwood floors. I was more than happy to say yes. I'm a lover of hardwood floors - and favor them over carpeting and other surfaces such as tile, terracotta, or stone - Slate, as lovely as it looks is hard and while often a choice in kitchens, for those of us who love to cook and who generally spend a lot of time in that room, is hard on the feet after a while. For those who love the look of a hard surface and the benefits of a softer surface, wood is the obvious choice. And while there are lovely floor tiles out there, tiles, when wet can get awfully can get very slippery. 

I happen to prefer the look of hardwood - I have had them in all my homes from childhood to present day. In some of my past homes we've spent hours ripping out ugly old carpeting to expose the beautiful soft beams beneath. I much prefer area rugs over wall to wall carpeting. Area rugs over hardwood, offer the best of all worlds. 

There are so many colors, hues and types of wood to choose from, with just as many styles and patterns. Perhaps you prefer a lighter shade, or a deep dark, wide plank. Painted and stained wood floors are equally as gorgeous.

Hardwood floors not only improve the overall look of your home, but they add structural strength to any home or commercial property. Hardwood floors are classic and timeless in look and add an overall sense of elegance.  The other benefits of hardwood floors go beyond their aesthetics.

Hardwood flooring is permanent and is designed to last a lifetime with very little maintenance.

Hardwood floors  are easy to install, and when done correctly by professionals, your hardwood floor will look great and have a stable fit for a lifetime.

Hardwood flooring is easy to clean, and because of this is a great choice for those who suffer from allergies. (The dust is visible and does't get trapped between the carpet fiber. Even with frequent vacuuming, dust can still remain trapped in carpeting.) In fact, it's one of most low maintenance flooring options available.

  • Hardwood flooring makes any room appear elegant and classic - It's a great way to make your home look more luxurious.
  • Because of its strength and durability, hardwood flooring can last a lifetime, and even improve with age.
  • Hardwood flooring is an extremely sensible investment as it not only can increase the property value of your house, but it will remain beautiful for many years to come. 
  • Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of styles and there's bound to be one that fits in with your specific design tastes.
  • Consider installing a wood floor in your entertainment rooms - the acoustics are superior. Hardwood floors are also great choices for kitchens, dining rooms and living and family rooms.

This post was sponsored by Flooring America.  For more on hardwood floors and the options available to you, please visit their website.

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