Sanded Wood Floors VS Carpet
Traditionally carpeted floors have been a mainstay in homes in the UK, from the luxury shag pile to the much loved needlefelt, few homes are without one. However, while carpets do provide a certain level of comfort, what lurks beneath can be an even more attractive proposition. Floorboards are often seen as more of a functional than a stylistic choice, but they do have a number of benefits over carpet, including from an aesthetic perspective.
Maintenance is one of the main aspects which makes wooden flooring such an attractive proposition. They are easy to clean, more resistant to spills and stains than a carpet, and far more hardwearing. For homes with pets this can be especially useful, as animals have little regard for the maintenance and care of your flooring, and carpets often lose their lustre over time, something which can easily be avoided by having sanded wooden floors.
While a carpet has a soft feel underneath the foot, a wooden floor will increase the warmth of a room immensely. Provided it has been fitted correctly and there are no gaps to allow drafts from underneath the boards, and if it is properly insulated it can have a major impact on heating bills.
From a purely aesthetic point of view, wooden flooring has a lot going for it. Most importantly it matches everything, so redecorating a room becomes significantly easier and cheaper as a new carpet is not necessary, and it opens up a huge number of options in terms of how the room can be presented. While certain styles of carpet will also become dated and go out of fashion, a wooden floor is timeless.
Add Value to your Home
Finally, and most pertinently a wooden floor will add value to your home if you choose to sell it. For a very small cost, far less than getting a new carpet, you can raise the value of your home by anything up to 15 percent (as shown by a recent national survey of estate agents) which could be a very significant sum if the house is worth a reasonable amount. For Landlords it will also increase the monthly rental value of the property, and is far less likely to need repairs or replacement to please those pesky tenants than a carpet.
Overall, sanded wooden flooring has a number of huge advantages over carpet, and more and more people are beginning to see the usefulness and the appeal of making the most of those wooden floorboards. So why not pull up that carpet today and see what is underneath, and whether you have a hidden gem on your hands.