Floating wood floors come in a variety of shapes, colors and textures. While many homeowners opt to replace their flooring with wood, there are pros and cons to each choice. The durability of the type of wood installed and the use of the room to be floored are factors to consider when determining if wood flooring is for you. Floating floors are best left out of rooms that are humid and wet, such as bathrooms. The moisture will collect under the wood, above the sub floor and rot the both.
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Types of Wood Floors
Wood flooring generally comes in three different types. Plank flooring is a strip wood floor with wider pieces of wood, while strip wood flooring is narrower. Parquet flooring is sold in squares to make a geometric pattern on the floor.
Cost of Wood Floors
The cost of wood floors can be considered a con, if you only examine the initial cost. Depending on the variety of floor chosen, the cost can average $3 to $12 per square foot, plus the cost of labor to install it.
Wood floors are virtually maintenance free. They require regular sweeping and an occasional mopping with a wood floor cleaner. With the proper care, wood floors will last a long time.
For those high traffic areas, wood floors will need to be refinished occasionally. This cost can be high, with the help of a contractor to sand and refinish the floors.
Living With Wood
One drawback to wood floors is the increase in noise and drafts in the home. This can be eliminated with the use of area rungs or runners in hallways.
Return on the Investment
The cost of wood flooring is often returned when the home is sold. The value of the floors is always higher than that of carpet, offering a great return on the initial investment.