We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again—hardwood flooring truly changes the look and feel of a home. Not only does it add a more traditional, open atmosphere to a room, real estate agents are now saying hardwood flooring boost home sale prices by as much as 6%. There has been a movement towards hard surfaced floors, and for a good reason. Wood floors are easy to maintain, match most decors, last much longer than carpets, and are overall eco-friendly options. Below are 5 reasons why hardwood flooring should be your next investment.

1. It Works Great For High Traffic Areas

Hardwood flooring bases its hardness off of the Janka Hardness Scale. This scale measures the hardness and durability of each species of wood and gives it a rating from 0 to 4000. Most hardwood flooring on the market falls between 800 and 3800, with one of the hardest  being Brazilian Cherry and Chestnut species and the softest being Pine and Fir species. Anything with a Janka rating about 1200 is great for high traffic areas because it will not dent or scratch easily.

2. It Is Easy To Clean

With hardwood flooring, knocking over a glass of wine is never a problem. All you need is a damp cloth to clean up spills. There are plenty of options for floor care supplies. Hardwood flooring is able to withstand dirt, dust, and grime much better than carpet ever could. Its surface is easy to sweep or wipe clean and maintaining its shine and luster is a breeze.  Carpets can trap dirt, hair, and even contain allergens, making it nearly impossible to keep clean.

3. It Increases the Value of Your Home

In a recent survey by the National Wood Flooring Association, 82 percent of realtors polled  said homes with hardwood flooring sell faster and often, for more money. Wood floors are timeless, which means they match most décor and give off an aura of traditional appeal. In addition, hardwood flooring often opens up a room, giving the illusion of more space, which is appealing to home buyers.

4. It Lasts For Decades

Wood floors are made to last. From the way they are designed to the way they are installed, they are created to withstand traffic, dirt, kids, pets, weather changes and more. Wood floors with a Janka Hardness Scaled rating of 1200 or more are especially durable. They are resistant to most scratches and dents. If something were to happen to the surface of your floor, refinishing is easy. Simply sanding and adding a new finish can make the floors look brand new.

5. It Is Eco-Friendly

Wood flooring is made from natural, renewable sources. Trees can be replanted over and over again. In fact, options like laminate and engineered floors are mostly made from wood products and other renewable materials, meaning fewer trees are cut down in the process. Options like stranded Bamboo flooring use Bamboo grass that is manufactured with high pressure and bonding materials to make an incredibly tough and durable flooring. In fact, Hardwood Bargains is committed to replanting trees, and with our Tree Replanting Program, we plant 2 trees for every one cut down for our floors.