The Value Of Heart Pine
Is Heart Pine The Best Value ??
Its a very common question and in a simple answer yes. But If your like me you probably want a little more explanation than that so lets do a side by side comparison with carpet. For this comparison we will assume your building a new home and require 1500 Square feet of coverage. We will also assume that you will be living in the house 30+ years. Given these parameters lets take a look at cost and value.
First lets look at the cost and value of carpet. Its readily available and is one of the more common flooring options. I looked at lowes.com and picked a stainmaster carpet item # 357022 . With a life expectancy of 10 years in a moderate traffic home. The cost is $ 2.94 per square foot with an additional cost of $ .75 per square foot for installation. So your total cost for the initial installation on your new home will be $ 5,535.00 . Seems like a good deal but its not. First reason its not , is that it will add no appraised value to your home. Appraisers give no value to carpet so you didnt get any lasting value for that 5 grand you just spent. The second and biggest reason that carpet isnt a value is life expectancy. Even if you do a superb job of cleaning and maintaining you can expect to replace it every 10 years. So over the life of your home you will need to replace the carpet three more times. Even if the price stayed the same your looking at a total cost of $22,140.00 to keep good looking carpet in your home. Keep in mind you will need to move everything out of your house and have the carpet replaced every ten years all the while never adding any additional value to your home. Doesnt seem like quite the good deal anymore huh?
Now lets take a look at A River Reclaimed Heart Pine Floor from Three Rivers Flooring Company. For this example we chose a 4 inch select floor ( one of our most popular ) with a cost of $ 7.75 per square foot with an additional installation cost of $1.75 per square foot. So the total cost of this floor for your home would be $14,250.00. Here is where the real value is… your done. These floors are built to last the life of your home. You will never need to replace it, in addition it will add appraised value to your home. So you will quite literally be getting more value for your dollar. Over the life of your home heart pine is actually cheaper than carpet by $7890.00 . And that’s assuming you only own the home for thirty years.
While Carpet may seem like its a lot cheaper, when you compare it side by side over the life of your home, Heart Pine Flooring is the superior value.