For many households, owning a home with a genuine real wood flooring is somewhat of a dream. A fairytale that they don't feel is achievable for the average family. Others feel that they are too awkward to look after or that they don't offer the same benefits as other solutions.
There are a lot of myths surrounding solid wood flooring that lead to some homeowners simply making do with cheaper alternatives. Well throw out the rulebook and put those misconceptions out to pasture as we take you through four of the most common real wood flooring myths.
Myth #1: It is difficult and expensive to maintain real wood flooring.
Solid wood flooring is only hard to clean when you don't do the basics. As long as you sweep up dirt and debris on a regular basis and get on the case of spillages as soon as they are made there should be no need for extensive cleaning at all - unlike carpet that can be absolutely ruined by a malicious stain.
If you ever do have to deal with a stubborn stain then what you need to do will depend on whether your flooring has a hard finish - for example urethane - or a soft oiled finish. Once you know which sort of floor you have, refer to a cleaning guide to ensure you don't cause any damage to the surface.
Myth #2: "I can't afford real wood flooring."
This is one of the most common misconceptions about solid wood flooring, but it is actually much more affordable than you may think. For example, online retailer Posh Flooring has an extensive selection of solid wood flooring solutions at competitive prices, while there is one other factor worth taking into account - property value.
A solid wood floor will add significantly to the value of your home, so you should view it as an investment rather than an expenditure.
Myth #3: Wood flooring doesn't insulate as well as carpet.
It may be true that real wood floors are cooler to the touch then carpet - this is unavoidable - however the myth is that they do not insulate a home in the same way.
This is completely untrue and, providing the proper underlay is used, wood flooring can be just as effective as retaining warmth in your home. In fact, wood floors can also provide an aesthetic warmth that is unachievable with alternatives.
Myth #4: You can't achieve a contemporary look with wood flooring.
The great thing about real wood flooring is that it can be used to achieve absolutely any aesthetic you wish. Regardless of whether you're looking for a traditional, contemporary or a fusion of the two, a quality wood floor can be perfect.
With so many different styles, patterns and colours to choose from you will have no problem finding the ideal flooring for your home.
So what are you waiting for? If you're fed up of your same old tired flooring then look into the various real wood flooring solutions on offer - it may be the best decision you've ever made.
This guest post was written by John Rooney on behalf of Posh Flooring - stockists of a wide range of high quality flooring solutions.