Spring is officially here in the Ohio River Valley. Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Kentucky in general are ablaze with teary eyes and sniffle noses that have nothing to do with the fact that the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team didn't manage to make it to the Sweet Sixteen this year and the University of Kentucky's men's basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss in the Elite Eight. Folks, it's not just basketball that our area is famous for, but also our terrible seasonal allergies....and we're in the full swing of it. I know what you're thinking, "Ok, great, but what in the world does my sinus infection have to do with floors?". Well...a lot, as it turns out!
Floors are the largest surface in the home, making them the most likely place for allergens and irritants to land. Carpets lock in those allergens and require frequent vacuuming and shampooing. And all that cleaning is not guaranteed to get deeply embedded yuckies that can causes those sneezes and wheezes. For this reason, hardwood floors are the doctor recommended flooring choice for those suffering from allergies and/or asthma. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation agrees too - hardwood floors are the best.
Now don't get us wrong, hardwood floors are beautiful but they aren't magical. They will minimize the allergens, but not eliminate them. You'll still need to clean regularly, remove shoes at the door, and follow your doctor's orders for when you do experience symptoms, but these will be easier tasks than dealing with carpet. But good for your health AND good for your resale value? Sign us up! We can even use low VOC finishes that are less likely to irritate your condition.
One more note. Sometimes we're asked about tax deductions for replacing your carpet with hardwood floors. Y'all....we aren't tax experts so please talk to your accountants. But in general, if your doctor has noted in writing that this is a "prescription" for your condition you may be able to deduct some of the cost. We always provide itemized invoices and you and your accountant can use that as s/he sees fit. You can read about the IRS guidelines for this type of deduction in their official publication on the subject of Capital Expenses related to Medical Conditions.