The moment you decide to lay down reclaimed wood flooring, you are taking one step forward in the direction of ensuring a safer, cleaner and greener environment.
So often it seems that we are forced to choose between beauty and stability, design and function or even pleasure and health. But that is definitely not the case when it comes to flooring. Solid oak flooring is experiencing a surge in popularity due to the fact that it is not only incredibly beautiful but, with just a little care, will last for years and years and is an excellent choice for those suffering from breathing issues.
If you talk to anyone who has recently been involved in buying or selling a home, they will tell you just how significant it is when wood flooring is included in the description on the listing. Real Estate professionals know that a house is sold or rejected within seconds of when the prospective buyer walks in the front door. The warmth and richness of a well-cared for oak floor quickly translates into thousands of dollars difference in market value.
Durability is key when it comes to something that is required to stand up under the kind of constant use that flooring gets. Many advocates engineered oak flooring or even oak laminate flooring for heavily trafficked areas but, with the correct finish and proper care, solid oak floors will stand up to just about any situation. For those instances when there is damage or when the floor was not adequately maintained, it is not difficult to refinish or even replace an area to return it to its original state. It is not uncommon to find wood flooring that has been in place for well over a hundred years.
Despite the draw that a hardwood floor has because of its beauty and resilience, perhaps even more compelling is the potential health benefit for people with allergies or breathing problems. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects almost 20 million Americans. Documented triggers known to bring on asthma attacks include dust mites, animal dander (dead skin flakes), molds, pollen, and insect droppings. These are found in practically every home but are nearly impossible to remove from those with carpeting.
Whatever the reason for choosing oak flooring or another variety of hardwood, you can do so with confidence. With this decision alone you will have added to the beauty and value of your home and, at the same time, protecting the health of your family.