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Engineered Hardwood Flooring Virtues
Prestige: Hardwood flooring commands more respect than carpeting as a design choice in residential applications.
It is seen as being “high end” and “luxurious,” both because it is a natural material and because it is normally more expensive than carpeting. Depending on the type of wood chosen and how it is finished, hardwood can create a sense of luxury and even prestige when used in certain locations.
Easy to keep clean: Some people feel that it is impossible to clean carpet, because stains soak in and settle permanently, and because dust and micro-bacteria are easily trapped in the fibers. In great contrast, hardwood has a smooth, solid surface that can be easily wiped clean. It does not allow dust or dirt to hide making it much, much easier to maintain than carpet.
Low-allergy surface: The fact that carpet can attract and hold dust and microorganisms can also have an effect on anyone working or living in the space—especially if they suffer from allergies. Every time you walk across a carpet, millions of tiny particles are cast into the air.
With hardwood, though, all you have to do is wipe or sweep the surface clean and you are instantly free of those same potentially harmful particles
Long-lasting: Properly maintained, hardwood flooring can last for decades, and some of the higher end materials can last for generations. Carpet, on the other hand, usually needs to be replaced every few years.
This means that hardwood may even be the more economical flooring since your initial investment pays off over time.
Can be refinished: When a hardwood floor is damaged, either by a stain or through some physical trauma, in most instances it can be refinished to look like new. This involves sanding down the surface past any defects and then re-applying the stain and or finish products to make the floor look completely revitalized. Depending on the thickness of the material, you may be able to do this several times over the life of the floor.
Versatility: Hardwood can be left exposed for its sheer drama, but if you want to soften the look and get some of the benefits of carpeting in a room, you can lay down a rug to cover as much of the space as you wish. Installed carpeting does not have that benefit.
Timeless appeal: Hardwood flooring has been used in homes for hundreds of years, and despite constant shifts in style and trend, it has never stopped being popular. It always matches whatever colors and accessories happen to be in vogue, and can easily handle numerous different decorative choices.
Natural and ecologically friendly: Carpeting is made largely from petroleum, a very limited resource and one that is not natural in any way.
Hardwood is a natural material made from trees that can be replanted and renewed. However, when buying hardwood materials, you do want to do a little research and make sure that they are being harvested by an ecologically sound company in an environmentally friendly way.