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3 Reasons to Install Hardwood Floors This Fall

When fall approaches, temperatures drop and schedules stabilize, which means autumn is the perfect time to do a little work on your home.

Although you might be tempted to rip out your dated laminate countertops or repaint your entryway, you can gain a long list of benefits during the winter and following spring if you replace your flooring with hardwood. Here are three reasons to install hardwood floors this fall. 

1. Improve Air Quality

When it's cold outside and your furnace is pumping away, the last thing you want to do is crack open your windows. Unfortunately, the lack of fresh air can hurt your air quality, especially since family members and pets spend most of their time indoors during the colder parts of the year.

Cooking fumes, cleaning chemical overspray, and even hair from pets can pollute the air, not to mention airborne germs from people coughing and sneezing. Although carpet can feel cozy during the winter, it can also harbor pollutants, allowing them to be recirculated anytime anyone walks across those fibers.

On the other hand, hardwood floors are easy to clean, helping your indoor air quality to stay healthier during the winter. In addition to being easy to wipe down and sanitize, hardwood floors won't absorb droplets like carpet does, preventing damage and reducing odors. In fact, most hardwood varieties are finished with varnishes that prevent water damage and staining, keeping your home cleaner and the air fresher. 

2. Get Your Home Ready For Market

If you are going to list your home for sale, spring is the time to do it. Research has shown that homes listed for sale between the middle of March and the middle of April tend to sell faster since buyers tend to look when the weather is great and moves can be completed during summer.

To pave the way for an easy house sale this spring, upgrade your flooring now. In addition to creating a nice, streamlined look inside of your home, hardwood also boasts an impressive return. In fact, homeowners who invest in hardwood floors typically enjoy a 70% to 80% return on investment, which means spending $5,000 on new flooring could help you to boost the sales price of your home by $4,000.

When you consider flooring for a home you might sell, try to select high-quality floors that have a neutral shade. For instance, instead of choosing oak floors with a warm hue, consider walnut flooring with a neutral finish. Additionally, opt for wide planks and professional installation so your space looks open and elegant when the project is finished.

3. Keep Your Home Warmer

If you are nervous about the ever-increasing cost of heating your home, hardwood flooring should be a top priority. As a natural insulator, hardwood flooring helps floors to stay warm while preventing heat transfer to parts of your home that don't need to be warmed. For instance, hardwood flooring on your main level can keep your basement from leaching heat, keeping your family more comfortable.

Since hardwood flooring is a solid surface, it also helps heated air to travel through your house more efficiently. While carpet fibers can trap heat, hardwood floors allow warmed air to flow without slowing down, taking some of the strain off of furnaces. The result is a home that warms more quickly, saving you time and money.

Whether you are wondering which flooring would look best in your home or you are rearing to get started, our team here at Traditional Hardwood Floors is ready to help. In addition to offering an incredible selection of hardwoods and laminates, we also offer eco-friendly flooring options, such as cork and bamboo floors. Give us a call today to learn more about our products.