Benefits of Hardwood Flooring

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Wooden flooring is very popular in Wellington homes and throughout New Zealand. People choose hardwood floors for their many benefits. Hardwood floors are easy to clean and maintain. They are also hardwearing, durable and last for decades. Wood is a fantastic insulator and is environmentally friendly when sourced from sustainable forestry.

Here are some of the benefits of timber floors:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Durable
  • Fantastic insulator
  • Environmentally friendly (when sourced sustainably)
  • Easy to install by experienced fitters
  • Easy to clean
  • Look fabulous
  • Long-term investment
  • Better acoustics (no hollow sounds or vibrations)
  • Healthy indoor air quality

Hardwood flooring is the most abundant renewable flooring material available. Sustainable forest management relies on replacing the trees that are cut down with new trees to grow in their place. During their lifetime trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen making them carbon neutral.

Wood floors last for hundreds of years and at the end of their lifetime can always be burned as fuel or recycled for other uses. Wood floors improve the air quality inside your home as there are no fibres to trap allergens such as animal fur, dust and pollen, as you get with carpets.

Hardwood floors can last decades and with correct care and maintenance they can look even better as they age. Hardwood floors are hardwearing and will wear extra well if coated with polyurethane or oils for protection. Hardwood floors are a cost-effective option over carpets as they can be sanded and refinished and made to look like new; rather than having to be completely replaced after five years as can be the case with carpet due to wear, tear and staining.

As well as being durable, hardwood floors look fabulous. Wood comes in so many different shades that you can use light colours to make a room look larger or use dark timber to create warmth.

You can choose to add underfloor insulation to further enhance the wood’s natural insulating properties. Hardwood floors are easy to keep clean, just sweep or vacuum up debris and mop it regularly to remove dirt, spills or marks. Wipe up spills quickly and use a damp mop rather than soaking wet to prevent water damaging the timber.

Hardwood floors generally do cost more than carpeted floors. On the plus side though they also require less maintenance, last much longer than carpet and can be “repaired” (instead of replaced). Hardwood floors are an investment in your home as a good quality and well maintained wood floor can add value to your home especially when compared with a threadbare carpet that requires replacement.

Hardwood floors look fantastic and are a great long-term investment. Four Star Flooring install a wide range of timber floor finishes in Wellington. Four Star Flooring can also help you with refinishing and maintaining your existing solid timber floors and they offer this service to customers throughout the Wellington region. Visit their website www.4starflooring.co.nz for a quote and detailed information on the services they offer. For all your wooden flooring needs in the Greater Wellington region contact Four Star Flooring!

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