Deciding on what kind of flooring to install in your home — hardwood, or carpet — can be difficult. There are many pros and cons of each. Here is a guide to help you make your decision.
Wall-to-wall carpet has been the standard choice in homes for decades, but it is losing out lately due to the increasing popularity of hardwood floors. Don’t dismiss carpeting out-of-hand.
- Carpet is less expensive. Installing carpeting represents a substantial savings over hardwood.
- Allergens won’t be as easily stirred up. Dust, dirt, and pet hair sitting on the surface of hardwood floors is easily stirred up when someone walks by, but carpet will keep it a little more contained.
- Carpet is more insulating. Carpeted floors will feel warmer in the winter, and will muffle footsteps and other noise.
- Carpet doesn’t last as long. The carpeting will have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, much more frequently than hardwood.
- Carpet is more difficult to keep clean. Vacuuming is harder and takes longer, but must be done frequently, since carpet traps dirt. Carpet also should be steam cleaned once or twice a year, and even then, some dirt and stains won’t come out.
Why hardwood flooring? Hardwood is trendy and adds value, but is also a more expensive choice. Before coughing up the extra money for hardwood, carefully consider all the pros and cons to installing hardwood in your home.
- Hardwood lasts longer. Hardwood flooring can last for decades. Resurfacing when it starts to look rough can freshen it without the expense of replacement.
- Hardwood is easier to clean. Sweeping must be done frequently to keep hardwood floors in good condition, but it’s faster and easier than vacuuming. Spills can also be cleaned up more easily with hardwood.
- Hardwood adds value. Hardwood adds more value to your home than carpeting, since people are willing to pay more for a home that has hardwood.
- Wood floors can be damaged with daily use. Kids, pets, and daily wear can be hard on hardwood. Wood floors can also be damaged by leaks.
- Hardwood needs to be polished periodically. You’ll need to take good care of your hardwood in order to make the finish last as long as possible.
When it comes down to it, the choice between carpet and hardwood is a personal one. There are plenty of good reasons to choose either type of flooring in your home. For more information about either or to get a quote, contact us today.