Why, oh why, Hardwood Floors Are a Hard Pass for Me
They Can Make Your Home Noisier
They can be noisy, especially in older homes where the foundation has settled. Every footstep is amplified, whether it comes from people or pets. A dropped spoon in the kitchen can sound like a firecracker down the hall. A dog running to its food dish sounds more like a herd of cattle.
“I was entranced when we took up the old carpet and had the hardwood floors refinished,” said Austin homeowner Lisa Wyatt Roe. “They looked gorgeous! They were also extremely creaky. There is no sneaking up on anyone in that house. I would not install it now.”
You Have to Worry About Scratches, Dents and Even Sunlight
Don’t let the “hard” in hardwood fool you: Dings, dents and scratches will happen.
“I especially would not do bamboo,” said Roe. “My mom did that and the floors looked gorgeous, but they’re kind of soft. She was always worried about people scratching them or dropping something that would dent them and lost her mind if someone forgot to take off their shoes before entering.”
Different types of wood have different degrees of durability, so something like oak will stand up better than a softer pine or the above-mentioned bamboo. No matter the type, furniture, dropped items and regular, daily life will wear your wood floors down. Even walking does its damage. “For the record, stilettos can dent hardwood floors, too. I’m here to tell you,” said Helen Anders of Fort Worth, who left her wood floors behind during her last move.
Does your house get a lot of natural light? Mother Nature is not kind to hardwood. “They do fade in sunny places. Once you commit to area rugs, subsequent owners will need to do the same,” she said.
Of course, you could just buff those scrapes right out of the wood and refinish for a fresh look, right? Not so fast.
Getting the Stain Right Can Be Daunting
Fixing up wood floors takes a lot of muscle, whether yours or those of a pro. Sanding out the “oopsies” and putting on a new stain is a lot of work. If your flooring flows throughout more than one contiguous room, you’ll have to refinish it all to keep a cohesive look. It’s smelly work, and even opening up the windows brings peril. ออกแบบบ้าน