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How hardwearing is Solid Wood flooring?

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I’m looking at putting a wooden floor down and prefer the look and feel of solid wood over laminate or vinyl, but we have a 1 year old and will have more in the future, so will the floor stand up to it? I don’t want to spend a load of cash on something that won’t last.

Hi, I’ve had my hardwood flooring for 13 years now and I still love it. It has stood up to 2 children (now 14 and 16), numerous friends over and two dogs and two cats. The finish is worn buy the sink where I should have had an area rug to protect from splashes especially when my kids do dishes. It has a few scratches and dents from life but still looks great. I may in the future get it refinished but for now I like the character of it.

Hardwood increases the value of your home and lasts forever. The finishes today are harder than when I purchased mine. You do need to take care of it and use some preventative maintenance. Like using are rugs at entrances to trap dirt, felt pads on furniture and wipe up spills right away. Sweep or vacuum regularly. Mine stood up and I played more than I cleaned. I also loved that they camouflage more than a white floor. I have oak whereas a really dark floor would show more. Hope this helps.

8 Responses to “How hardwearing is Solid Wood flooring?”

  1. D Says:

    Just don’t wear high heel shoes it will make dents in a real wooden floor.
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  2. Dianne d Says:

    Its the best! And the best looking. If you get a bad spot you can use a little steel wool and then put the varnish back on that area. Probably won’t ever happen. Over watering plants is the only thing I have ever seen hurt them. That is over many years of sitting there.
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  3. Laurie c Says:

    Hardwood can scratch, dent and scuff. But it looks and feels great (also adds value to your home). It’s easy to clean up, and maintain. My suggestion is to go with a distressed floor. That way any boo boo made by small feet and hands just adds character. BTW- dark hardwoods are very popular right now, but they are SO hard to keep looking clean. Oil from feet will leave feet prints, and every piece of dust will show up. Good luck!
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  4. M R Says:

    Solid wood floors can last for generations. There are many homes built 100s of years ago with original wood flooring. I have a couple kids and my flooring looks like the day I installed it 10 years ago. If you go with oak or other hardwoods (not pine) they are very hard to dent. I never heard of high heels as mentioned above being a problem, that’s simply not true. Unlike laminates etc. a solid wood floor can be refinished in 25 years to like new condition.
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  5. Jeffrey J Says:

    Some species of hardwood where like iron, especially Bamboo and Oak. Most Hardwood floor are just that, HARD-wood.

    There are strip oak floors in existing homes that are +50 years old, and still look good . . .. This doesn’t mean they don’t need regular care, but they can last indefinitely. Laminate, is a poor poor substitute for hardwood, while cheaper upfront, I wouldn’t expect them to last beyond 15 years, even with proper and aggressive care.

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  6. Mark C Says:

    You have good taste. There are many varieties of hardwoods the most economical is oak which can be stained to many shades. Expect a wood floor to last 100s of years.
    The big advantage to solid hardwoods is the ability to sand and re-finish. A 3/4 inch floor can be sanded and made to look new several times. This saves the cost of tearing up the floor and re-installation of a new one. It also saves the landfills from being filled with floors that last only 10 years.
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  7. mel s Says:

    The new hardwoods are much more durable than the old stuff. The people who owned our current house covered their original oak floors with carpet, they said they were to squeaky and didn’t hold up well. In their new house they absolutely love their hardwoods.

    Just a note: the man is in a scooter/wheelchair and the floor gets a lot of wear and tear.
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  8. Jenny C Says:

    Hi, I’ve had my hardwood flooring for 13 years now and I still love it. It has stood up to 2 children (now 14 and 16), numerous friends over and two dogs and two cats. The finish is worn buy the sink where I should have had an area rug to protect from splashes especially when my kids do dishes. It has a few scratches and dents from life but still looks great. I may in the future get it refinished but for now I like the character of it.

    Hardwood increases the value of your home and lasts forever. The finishes today are harder than when I purchased mine. You do need to take care of it and use some preventative maintenance. Like using are rugs at entrances to trap dirt, felt pads on furniture and wipe up spills right away. Sweep or vacuum regularly. Mine stood up and I played more than I cleaned. I also loved that they camouflage more than a white floor. I have oak whereas a really dark floor would show more. Hope this helps.
    References :
    http://www.hardwoodlaminateflooringguide.com/
    http://www.hardwoodlaminateflooringguide.com/cleaning-hardwood-floors.html

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