Hardwood floors can be a beautiful addition to any home. They are a popular option for remodeling projects, and something many people look for when they are buying a home. If you read our previous blog post, you’ll know that there are plenty of advantages to hardwood floors, such as their durability and lasting value. However, hardwood is not the best option for everyone. Gateway Design & Home Center wants to help you find the perfect flooring for your family and your budget, which is why we’ll now cover a few of the disadvantages that come with hardwood floors. To get answers to all of your questions or to get a personal consultation on the right flooring for you, visit Gateway Design & Home’s Loveland showroom today!

Vulnerable to Moisture

The biggest drawback of solid hardwood floors is their vulnerability to moisture and humidity. The wood will expand and contract in response to humidity, which can cause problems if your floors are not installed properly. It also makes hardwood a poor choice for rooms with a lot of moisture or spilled water, like kitchens, basements, and bathrooms. Hardwood floors do make for easy clean up in many situations, but spilled liquid can be dangerous to the health of your floors if they deteriorate the wood. That means you might want to consider another kind of flooring if you have young children who delight in spilling everything you give them. Consider engineered wood flooring, which is made of real wood but constructed in a way to be cheaper and more tolerant of moisture. Wood grain vinyl might be another good choice for your family. If you have your heart set on solid hardwood floors, there is always the option of installing multiple kinds of flooring in your home, such as a transition to tile in the kitchen.

Difficult Installation Process

Another disadvantage of solid hardwood floors is that they need to be nailed or stapled to a subfloor. If your home does not have a subfloor, you may have to install that before the hardwood of your choice. Hardwood floors also can’t be installed over a bare concrete slab, such as one you might find in an unfinished basement, and there needs to be some space left for the wood to expand and contract over time. To understand the best options for your home, schedule a one-on-one consultation with the experts at Gateway Design & Home today! We have a professional installation team ready to do the job right, no matter what kind of flooring you choose.

Cold and Hard Floors

Solid hardwood floors look beautiful, but they might not always feel that way. Hardwood can be cold, and the hard surface might not be as comfortable as a soft alternative like carpet. Hardwood floors will also be noisier than many other types of flooring. If you already have wood floors, you can mitigate these problems with rugs and carpet runners. If you are remodeling your home and you are considering hardwood, these are important drawbacks to keep in mind, especially if you have small children. Gateway Design & Home Center offers many different colors and styles of carpet that will be more forgiving for kids who are still tumbling more than walking.


The expense of solid hardwood floors can be a big obstacle when considering new floors. Not only does the material itself cost more than alternatives like engineered wood or laminate, but you also need to consider the cost of maintenance down the road and installation of a subfloor if you don’t have one already. Hardwood is undoubtedly an investment in a home you will love for years to come, but it may surpass your budget, especially if you were hoping for a more exotic wood species. This is what makes engineered wood flooring a popular alternative — you get the look and feel of wood floors with a smaller price tag and other advantages like better resistance to humidity. Read our blog post on the advantages of engineered hardwood or call Gateway Design & Home today to learn about all of our budget-friendly options!

Solid hardwood floors are gorgeous and can be a valuable long-term investment. They do have some clear disadvantages, however, like cost, vulnerability to moisture, and a complicated installation process that might mean hardwood is not the best choice for you and your family. Let Gateway Design & Home help you determine the right flooring for your home and your budget. Call today to schedule a personal consultation or stop into our Loveland showroom to explore our wide selection!

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