May 2018


 A beautiful hardwood floor

It’s been said over and over again—hardwood flooring truly changes the look and feel of a home as well as the value. Not only does it add a more traditional, open atmosphere to a room, but it boosts the home sale prices by an average of 6% or more. There has been a movement towards hard-surfaced floors and for a good reason. Wood floors are easy to maintain, better for people suffering from allergies, match most decors, last much longer than carpets, and are eco-friendly. 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 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 and causing those with allergies to suffer.

3. It Sells Your Home Faster

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. They are resistant to most scratches and dents and 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. This all means that when you invest in hardwood flooring you are investing in the future of your home. You may have to buy carpet or linoleum several times in the lifetime of a house, but you should only have to buy a good hardwood floor once.

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 engineered floors are mostly made from wood products and other renewable materials, meaning fewer trees are cut down in the process. 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. Add a better floor to your home, while increasing the value of your home,  all while helping out the environment. What more could you ask for?

These are just five of the many reasons why adding hardwood floors to your home should be seen as an investment. Give yourself peace of mind knowing that the floors you buy today will look great for years to come until you’re finally ready to sell.


When installing hardwood flooring in your home, flooring experts recommend that you buy 7 - 10% extra wood for waste cuts. Of course, not all of that wood is going to be used, leaving you with some leftovers. Don’t let those boxes clutter your garage for an indefinite amount of time; put those leftover planks to use with these 3 cost-effective ideas that can add a unique flair to your home.

1. Make a tabletop

Looking to jazz up your kitchen table? This is a fun DIY project that can be done over the course of a weekend. Depending on the look you want, this project works for both square and rounded tables. Begin by trimming planks to desired length and width. Next, prep the pieces together to ensure all planks align for the desired look. Using wood glue, work quickly to piece the planks together. Have a wet paper towel on hand to wipe away any excess glue. Use bar clamps to hold the tabletop together for at least 24 hours. Once completely dry, use a scraper and sander to smooth away any excess glue. This is the final step for square tables. Add trimming if desire. For a round table, use a router and circle jig to shape.



2. Install them as wainscoting

Perfect for a smaller room, leftover wood planks can be used as wainscoting.  Wainscoting adds a unique, classic design to any room. Begin by removing baseboards and trimming planks to desired width and length. Some may like the look of the wood untouched and others may want the wood a certain color of paint. If painting, allow 3-4 days for drying before gluing and nailing to the wall. Attach to the wall using a level and a construction adhesive like Liquid Nails. Using a stud finder, locate and mark all studs in the area that you plan on adding wainscoting. Squeeze adhesive to the back of a plank and attach it to the wall. Nail at a 45-degree angle through the tongue to a stud. Repeat this process until you reach your desired look. Reinstall the baseboard and attach trim if desired.


(Photo courtesy of Don Pedro)

3. Cover a ceiling or accent wall

More and more homes today are featuring solid wood walls or ceilings as a unique architectural design element. Accent walls or ceilings add a focal point in any space. The tools you will need for this project are your leftover wood planks, jigsaw, screwdriver, nail gun with brad nails, and Liquid Nails glue with a caulking gun. Start by measuring the ceiling or wall you plan on attaching planks too. Using a stud finder, locate all studs. Mark all of these studs horizontally and vertically, making a reference grid on your wall or ceiling. Next, rack your boards to get a general idea of where they will go. You will more than likely need to cut some of the planks to fit into the space. Now it is time to start gluing onto the wall or ceiling. Squirt the Liquid Nails onto the back of the board and attach to the wall or ceiling, starting at an edge. Once glued down, use a nail gun to nail the boards through the tongue at a 45-degree angle to a stud. Repeat these steps with the rest of the boards. You may have to cut pieces down to fit. Use a mallet to gently tap each board as close as possible to the adjoining board. Add baseboards or molding as desired.

If you like this look but don't have any excess wood flooring then you can buy specialty cut wood for this project here.

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