foundation of your home design
The kind of flooring you select for your home is basically
the foundation upon which you build your design. The choices are endless: wood
floors, carpeting, tile or stone. Which flooring is right for you and your family?
Today, there are numerous reasons why homeowners should consider wood flooring
in their home.
Because there are more than
50 species of domestic and exotic woods, the
choices are endless. You can select a contemporary
look, a rustic look, a Colonial look or a
barn board style. You can even duplicate the
flooring to look like Marie Antoinette's bedroom
at the Palace of Versailles.
If the environment is important
to you, wood flooring gives you the option
of changing the floor's look by simply sanding
it down. You can then bleach it or stain it
to get the look you want.
However, when you remove a carpet
and throw it away, it goes into a landfill.
It doesn't disintegrate; it sits there because
it's made of petroleum. The same is true of
vinyl floors. Wood actually goes back into
the ground and acts as compost.
For many people the most important
reason to select wood flooring is the health
benefit. The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) says 50 million Americans suffer
from allergies. Even more alarming, allergies
are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease
in the United States -- and children are the
most vulnerable. Eliminating dust, mold and
animal dander has a huge impact on the home
environment. An EPA study found that wood
floors don't harbor allergens or microorganisms.
In addition, dust, mold and animal dander
contamination are minimal in homes with wood
There are also aesthetic and
financial reasons to remodel with wood flooring.
"Wood lasts a lifetime,
making it a good investment. It doesn't have
to be taken out and replaced like other flooring
alternatives," says Ed Korczak, CEO and
executive director of the National Wood Flooring
Association. "In addition, wood goes
with any decor and increases the value of
a home." In a recent survey conducted
with real estate agents, 99 percent agreed
that homes with hardwood floors are easier
to sell, 90 percent agreed that homes with
hardwood floors sell for more money, and 82
percent agreed that homes with hardwood floors
sell faster. For these reasons, whether you're
an empty nester or have a young family, Korczak
says wood flooring should be the choice for