Why is oak flooring so expensive?
When taken care of, oak flooring can last an entire lifetime. With regular cleaning, felt pads under furniture and a recoat from time to time oak floors can adorn your home and improve its aesthetic value for as long as it is your home. Oak floors can add equity and value to your house, whilst providing the ‘wow factor’ wherever fitted. Oak flooring isn’t a purchase but an investment.
Why should I fit oak flooring in my home?
First of all, wood is a beautiful commodity, complete with warm colours, richness of grain and healthy sheen. But there is more to an oak floor than its aesthetic beauty. Wood is healthy, hardwearing and, as a natural insulator, it is also warm. Oak flooring is also easy to clean, beneficial to people with allergies; but oak flooring can also cause a room to seem bigger, lighter and more impressive; each of which contributes to the value and saleability of a house.
Why is oak flooring healthier?
Oak flooring is natural material and its wood oils have anti-bacterial benefits. Oak floors, unlike carpets and rugs, do not trap and accumulate harmful chemical, fumes, dust-mites and parasites. It is the recommendation of several environmental bodies that carpeted floor be replaced by oak flooring, because carpets harbour dust-mites, whose dung when inhaled can trigger allergies and aggravate asthma.
Estimates place the number of dust mites in one square metre of typical British household carpet between 10,000 and 100,000. Carpets also contain pet allergens, faeces and urine, flea and lice eggs, traces of excreta trodden in from the garden, and high concentrations of toxic dust. A house with oak floors, collects just a tenth the amount of dust found in a carpeted house.