The Pros and Cons of Timber Flooring for Your Home

Whether you’ve invested in a brand new property or you just fancy performing a bit of a makeover, flooring options will probably become a hot topic between you and your partner. For this reason, I thought it appropriate to write a short article detailing the pros and cons of our most common selection; timber. Obviously this style of flooring isn’t suitable for everyone, and some people seem to dislike it completely, but for the general feel and aesthetic it provides, most of us would choose it for at least one room in our homes.

Prices vary considerably from manufacturer to manufacturer and retailer to retailer, so don’t simply rule it out as a viable option because one company gave you an insanely high quote. Lifewood manufactures engineered timber flooring for a very reasonable price, which is why I fitted my entire property with their product last year (every room except the one we sleep in anyway). Even my wife was satisfied by the quality of their workmanship, so perhaps you should get in touch with them if you’re on a budget.

Anyway, here are some pros and cons of timber flooring…

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The Undeniable Pros

  • This kind of flooring looks fantastic and always gives an all round elegant look to any room. Unlike carpets and other solutions, timber improves with age, so you won’t have to worry about purchasing replacements every few years.
  • Timber is considerably more durable than almost every other flooring solution on the market, and most types are water resistant.
  • Using wood as opposed to carpets means your home will stay clean and fresh. Any man-made materials used to cover your floors will be breeding grounds for dust, mould and particles that can cause allergies.
  • The value of your property will be increased noticeably if there are timber floors installed throughout. As I just said, carpet tends to wear out quickly, and this often created a less than favourable impression.

The Unfortunate Cons

  • Sadly, as these floors are made from a relatively soft material it’s not unheard of for them to suffer from scratches, should you keep a dog inside your home.
  • It’s not advisable to have your entire bathroom covered in timber flooring as this area tends to get rather wet during bathing times, which is known to cause the floor to warp or buckle from the puddles, or simply from the humidity.
  • Unless you install some kind of underfloor heating, timber floors tend to get rather cold in the winter time, which is why many people opt to cover them slightly with a large rug. Still, if you’re spending all that money on some quality timber, covering it up seems a little odd.

Well guys, now you’ve heard all the pros and cons, I sincerely hope you reach the same conclusion as I did; timber floors are worth the money every single time. I’m not saying you need them in every room, but in your hallway, lounge and kitchen, they’re honestly ideal.

Thanks for reading, I hope I’ve helped!


Guy Robert Hayenga

Robert is a regular author of Wine Home a home decorating blog. He loves to decorate his own home with sophisticated but simple style. Here he discussed how to decorate, how to clean, how to organize and lastly how to love your sweet home.

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