Access all areas – why hardwood flooring is a smart choice for families
We’ve all seen those adverts that show the perfect home, with a gorgeous cream carpet that’s spotlessly clean – and on the couch sit two kids and a dog. If you’ve actually got two kids and a dog then you’ll know for a fact that what you see in the adverts isn’t any reflection on real life – there’s no way you can keep a cream carpet spotlessly clean with kids and pets around! You could ban them from entering the room completely, but putting up an ‘Access Denied’ sign on your living room door isn’t exactly conducive to a happy family life. So if you want to give your kids and the dog access to all areas without worrying about spillages or mud getting ground into the floor, what are your options?
Polished wooden floors – the smart family alternative
The most obvious option and to ensure that everyone has access to all areas of the home without worrying is to forego carpets altogether and choose polished wooden floors instead. Not only are they highly desirable for both modern and traditional homes, but they’re infinitely more practical than carpets too, especially if you have a young family or pets in the home. The most obvious advantage is that spills and those dreaded ‘Ribena moments’ can be easily wiped up without leaving any lasting stains, and muddy footprints can be eliminated with a simple wipe over with a mop or damp cloth.
So they’re practical. But they could also save you money, by reducing your heating costs. You would assume that a nice, thick carpet would keep your home warmer than polished wooden floors. But underneath that carpet you may find that there are large gaps, cracks or spaces in between the floor boards that allow cold air to circulate underneath your carpets, cooling the ambient temperature of the entire house. Surprisingly, having carpets is no guarantee of a warm home.
However, polished wooden floors that have been treated by experts are exceptionally thermally efficient. Wood is a superb insulator, which is why builders have used it for centuries in the first place. By calling in a company that is experienced in sanding and treating wooden floors, you can eliminate the gaps and cracks that allow cold air to circulate and prevent warm air leeching away. The result is a far more thermally efficient floor that means you use less energy to maintain your ambient temperature, even during the winter. Properly sealed and treated wooden floors are remarkably warm to the touch too, and their natural beauty adds ‘warmth’ on another level to any room.
A smart investment in your home
So they’re energy efficient, they’re easy to look after and practically kid and pet proof. But many people worry that having those gorgeous wooden floors that you see in the magazines is expensive, and at a time when we’re all watching every penny, surely it would be cheaper to go with carpeting? Well, perhaps in the short term, but as a long-term investment, wooden floors represent a great investment in your home. And don’t forget – you’ve got the essentials in place already – underneath your carpet is a beautiful wooden floor just waiting to be discovered and revealed! So if you are at the stage where your carpets have seen better days and you’re thinking of replacing them, why not take a peak underneath and see what lies beneath? By calling in an expert team of floor sanders and polishers, you could have a sparkling wooden floor within just a couple of days, and with the minimum amount of fuss or upheaval.
So before you start checking out carpet swatches, why not invest in your home and see if floor sanding and polishing are right for you?