Almost any room in the house can benefit from hardwood flooring, apart from kitchens, bathrooms, and damp areas. And bedrooms are no exception.
The warmth, coziness, and sound-dampening qualities of carpeting make it a popular option for bedrooms, but many homeowners prefer to remove carpeting from bedrooms to expose existing hardwood flooring or install solid hardwood or engineered hardwood planks during a remodeling project.
Having such a natural and warm appearance makes real wood very appealing from a design perspective.
Hardwood Flooring Types
There are several types of hardwood flooring:
Unfinished solid hardwood boards: In the past, solid lumber was installed, then stained and finished in place. Hardwood floors of this type may be refinished several times over their lifetime, but have lost popularity to prefinished floors over time.
Solid prefinished planks: These are solid hardwood boards that have been pre-stained and top-coated, making installation easier and quicker. It is possible to mill prefinished hardwood flooring so that the planks have beveled edges, resulting in channels where dust, pollen, and dirt can collect.
In engineered planks, hardwood veneers are bonded to plywood or MDF. Prefinished click-lock flooring is often prefinished and has an “interlocking” system where the planks fit together. Floors like these usually “float” over a thin layer of underlayment. These are the easiest hardwood floors to install.
How Much Does Hardwood Flooring Cost
Some wood flooring options sell for as low as $1 to $2 per square foot, but in general, good-quality hardwood flooring will cost about $5 to $10 per square foot or even more. You can expect to pay another $3 to $8 per square foot for professional installation. Thus, hardwood tends to be more expensive than carpet and other options, like vinyl.
However, a properly maintained hardwood floor can outlast other, less-expensive options by decades, saving you money on replacement.
The Maintenance And Repair Of Equipment
One of the easiest types of flooring to maintain is hardwood. A simple sweep and wipe with a dry cloth will keep dirt and dust at bay, and dirt will not hide. In the unlikely event that hardwood flooring must be refinished, the process can be as straightforward as reapplying varnish or as complex as stripping, sanding, and applying a new topcoat.
Nevertheless, a properly maintained hardwood floor may last for decades before it needs refinishing, especially if it is in a bedroom where foot traffic is relatively low. Having the ability to refinish solid hardwood floors is one of their primary advantages: Carpet is generally replaced every 10 years or so, while hardwood often lasts the life of the house.
The nails on dogs, particularly large dogs, will often scratch the surface of hardwood flooring. To mitigate this to some extent, keep pets’ nails trimmed or simply keep them out of the boudoir. Some people find tiny nicks and scars in floors aesthetically pleasing, as it gives the floor a sense of character over time. Pet dogs can, however, prove to be a bit challenging to clean.
Installing Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floors, in general, are more difficult to install than laminate, vinyl, and even ceramic tile for DIY homeowners. Installation of solid hardwood planks should be left to the professionals. The boards are blind-nailed to the subfloor one at a time by driving nails through their edges and into it.
In recent years, engineered hardwood flooring materials have become increasingly popular. Assembling these products typically involves a “click-lock” operation that is much easier to do than attaching solid wood planks with blind nails.
Engineered hardwood flooring products are not as durable as solid hardwood plank floors, and they cannot be sanded and refinished many times, as solid hardwood flooring can.
Carpet Vs. Hardwood Floors
Bedrooms are the most popular room in the house to use carpet since it provides the most warmth. Also, carpet costs less than hardwood flooring. However, carpets and other soft flooring materials are notorious for collecting dust, pollen, and other small particles that can trigger allergies.
The smooth and solid surface of hardwood flooring makes it easy to clean. Regularly cleaning area rugs can help keep them free of dirt and allergens. Bedroom hardwood flooring is better than carpet for allergy and asthma sufferers.
Bedroom Hardwood Flooring: Do You Need It?
Hardwood isn’t quite as soft as carpet, the traditional bedroom flooring choice, but it’s still welcoming when used for bedroom flooring. Natural beauty, durability, and long-term style make it a great long-term floor covering.