Should I Invest in Carpet or Hardwood Flooring?
Are you looking to redo your floors but are unsure about which is the best option for you and your home? While many people are majorly concerned with pricing and looks, there is much more to take into account when choosing the best option for you and your family. Consider these points when choosing either carpet or hardwood flooring for your next remodeling project. For more insight into the installation of each, visit our carpeting and hardwood flooring service pages.
Advantages of Carpeting
- Many homeowners choose carpet because of the comfort it gives, providing a soft, cushioned ground to walk on in your home.
- Damaged areas in your carpet are significantly easier to repair than damaged hardwood flooring. Effortlessly sliding furniture is a possibility with carpet flooring while it would often damage hardwood. You can even choose carpet tiles for an easy way to switch out damaged parts of the carpet.
- Many parents choose carpet for most of the rooms in their home to provide a soft place for their children to play on.
Disadvantages of Carpeting
- If you tend to reduce, reuse and recycle, carpet’s carbon footprint may be something to keep in mind. Though there are now eco-friendly options, most carpets are still made from synthetic materials and therefore are petroleum-based products. This makes them bad for the environment when they’re thrown out.
- Although there are useful methods to remove countless marks from your carpet, some unavoidable stains will prevail.
Advantages of Hardwood Floors
- Hardwood flooring lasts longer than carpet, and can be refinished several times before it needs to be completely replaced.
- Wood floors are ideal for any accidents in the kitchen or dining room. They provide easy clean-up and rarely get left with any stains.
- Hardwood flooring’s classic, beautiful appearance draws many homeowners to choose this look over other options.
- Because they are a long-term investment, hardwood floors add value to your home.
Disadvantages of Hardwood Floors
- Financing hardwood flooring is typically more expensive than carpeting.
- If some of your rooms are exposed to any type of moisture, remember that hardwood floors are highly sensitive to moisture, which can cause irreparable damage.