Hardwood flooring is a great choice for many homes because the material is so versatile. You can opt for everything from reclaimed floors from old barns and buildings to brand new wood in a light shade that has a more contemporary look. When you live in an area with a higher humidity level like Hawaii though, you need to factor in the pros and cons before laying down wood floors.
In addition to coming in different colors, hardwood floors also come in different types like planks, trips and even tiles. You can select a color that works well in your home and pick one that you can decorate around. A nice neutral color will work with all the furnishings and decorations in the room right now and any redecorating that you do later too.
Hardwood floors are much more durable than other flooring materials. While carpet can wear down over time and tile can break, hardwood can last for decades with regular care and maintenance. Cleaning and maintaining those floors will take just a few hours every month.
The value that hardwood adds to your home is another big pro. Many buyers put hardwood floors on their wish list or their must have list when shopping for a new home. Installing wood floors in one room or throughout your entire home can add significant value to the property.
Even if you love the look of hardwood flooring, keep in mind that wood is susceptible to damage from the environment. Humidity and exposure to other sources of moisture like rain can warp the wood. This leaves the floor with an uneven look and can cause injuries when you trip on the flooring.
Lack of Soundproofing
Carpeting does a great job of absorbing noises and sounds, which reduces the noises heard throughout your home. Hardwood does a much poorer job of soundproofing your home. You can hear every sound produced by people and animals walking around your house.
Though hardwood flooring adds value to your home, it’s much more costly than other materials. It generally costs twice as much or even more as laminate flooring, carpeting and tile does.
Before you meet with a Honolulu contractor or floor installation company about installing hardwood floors in your home, weigh the pros and cons carefully. While beautiful and versatile, hardwood costs more and is susceptible to environmental damage.