As a hardwood flooring company, we see a growing tendency in choosing hardwood floors instead of tile, carpet or vinyl even in high-traffic areas. Here, wood floors start being the rule rather than the exception. If you are in the market for some type of flooring, keep in mind these 2016 trends and the places where wood floors are not only welcomed but sometimes expected.
Hardwood Floors in Entryways
While tile is a comfortable option that gives you the benefit of easy maintenance, nothing can compare with the warm, welcoming and, depending on the particular configuration of your house, grandiose look of hardwood floors. If there is a place where hardwood floors make an instant impression is the place your guests see first when they enter your house. In addition, hardwood floor medallions, inlays and borders can add to the look, giving you a truly majestic and unique entrance.
Of course, there is the maintenance issue. Tile is resistant to water, therefore easier to clean, and hides debris better, so it is a comfortable option for a high-traffic area. But tile has its own maintenance problems. The grout often becomes a cleaning nightmare and may change its color, ruining the whole look of your entryway. By contrast, even if wood floors require more care in choosing products and following a cleaning routine, hardwood flooring restoration is possible. A refinishing job can easily restore them to their old glory when they capitulate to too much wear and tear.
Keep in mind that, if you get tired by what you have, you can also change the color and look of your hardwood floors according to the trends. A sanding and staining job (done by experienced refinishing wood floor contractors or even as a DIY project) can give your hardwood floors a whole new look with comparatively little disturbance. When it comes to tile, what you have is what you will always have, so changing the look is an expensive undertaking that takes time and intensive labor. Finally, installing hardwood floors is often less expensive that installing tile. Even if materials for tile floors may be cheaper, costs add up fast when it comes to labor, so hardwood floors often become the more economical option.
Hardwood Floors in Kitchens
Because tile is waterproof (while hardwood floor coating has its limits in protecting the wood), it has been considered for a long time the logical solution for kitchen floors. But things are changing. More homeowners see the value in installing hardwood floors in a place where they spend a lot of time, so comfort is high on the requirement list. It is not only that hardwood floors make your kitchen look bigger, especially when extended into other rooms. But they are softer on your feet and warmer, which is even more important in cold climates or during the cold winter months.
In a high-traffic room where accidents may happen often, it is also important to be able to replace what is ruined by wear and tear. If tile cracks, it is impossible to do a partial replacement and avoid a major rework. On the other hand, wood planks can be easily replaced. Wood floors can get a periodical buff and coat job to restore the hardwood floor coating, or a major facelift with sanding and refinishing.
Hardwood Floors in Guest Bathrooms
While installing hardwood floors in bathrooms with bathtubs or showers is not a good idea, wood floors are an excellent choice for guest bathrooms. Since the humidity is usually not a problem in a half bathroom, hardwood floors require the same maintenance here as in the rest of the house. Extending hardwood floors into the guest bathroom gives the house a cohesive look and takes your home to another level of elegance. Consider wood planks for this room if you plan to refinish it in 2016, and choose a reputable company that offers wood floor installation services and is familiar with all the particular details of such a job.