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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Wood Flooring?

Due to wide range of flooring materials available on the market, choosing the best one for your office or home is not that difficult. Most of the people these days prefer wood flooring, vinyl and tiles, and there are additional choices in each of these flooring materials. Vinyl flooring is available in the form or sheets or tiles. You can get tiles in stone, ceramic and marble. Therefore, choice in terms of flooring material is really enormous and your only limitation would be your tastes, choices and budget.

Wood flooring has several advantages over other flooring materials. It makes your home attractive, and also provides a traditional, homely touch. It is not only elegant, but it is also available in neutral colors and styles, which makes decorating easier. Whether your style is contemporary or rustic country, wood flooring will compliment your furnishings and decorations. You can even use wooden flooring in your living room and the entire area will look pleasant, inviting and cozy. You can even use wooden flooring in your bedrooms and they'll look romantic, dreamy and relaxed. With proper care and maintenance, wooden flooring can last a lifetime.

Pros And Cons Of Wood Flooring

Another benefit of wood flooring is that it can be installed easily. These days, many manufactures offer installation mechanism that buyers can use for installing the wood flooring themselves at their own pace and time. Now more and more DIY kits are available in Singapore markets and they are best for all those who want to complete their projects themselves. This also lessens the hassles of finding professionals for installing wood flooring, and you also save on installation cost.

Maintenance of wood flooring is very easy. You can easily wipe off diet using damp, soft cloth, or can use a cleaning solution that are available on the market as they are bet for handling wax drips and oil spills. Cuts and scratches can be easily sanded from time to time, and your floors would continue to retain the same new looks when they were first installed. You can easily extend the life of wood flooring. You should avoid liquid spills as wood swells or warps when it is wet. You should wipe off spills right away so that they do not stain the wood. You should also protect wooden flooring from sunlight, because wood flooring may lose its luster and fade on continuous exposure. You can place carpets and rugs in high traffic areas of your house for minimizing scuffs and scratches.

Wood flooring has several advantages, but it also has several disadvantages. It's really difficult to maintain wooden flooring in areas with high humidity because wood is quite sensitive to changes in relative humidity. It can either contract or expand, causing cracks and breakage. Wood flooring is not best in areas such as bathrooms and kitchens as they tend to get messy and wet, especially when wooden flooring is unfinished. If there are kids or pets in house, then wood flooring is prone to serious damages such as scratches, stains, scuffs and cuts. Wood flooring can also be damaged by furniture if not handled properly.

Like other flooring options, wood flooring has its share of pros and cons. However, choosing this flooring is great for environment. It is recyclable, sustainable and can easily outlast the lifespan of other flooring options.
 
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