Carpet and hardwood are two of the most popular chooses for flooring material in today’s homes. But, which one will work best for you? Both have their advantages and disadvantages. In the more recent years, homes have been incorporating more alternative flooring options like linoleum and carpet in place of hardwood. Depending on your budget and room design, you may decide on the classic hardwood flooring. Before you decide, take a look at both the pros and cons of carpet and hardwood flooring.
Carpeting (depending on the style) will be significantly less per square foot than hardwood flooring. If you’re considering hardwood flooring, you may want to plan a bigger budget. While carpets need replacing every so often, with proper upkeep and care, you can extend the life of your carpet. However, hardwood floors are one of the longest lasting floor options. With the proper care, a hardwood floor may be worth the investment.
Hardwood floors will not be as soft as carpet. If you’re concerned about the effect or discomfort hardwood floors will have on your feet, you may want to choose carpeting. Additionally, people often state that hardwood floors make the house a little louder, while carpet absorbs sound.
People generally consider hardwood floors to have a more classic appearance. Most hardwood floors blend in perfectly with house décor, whereas carpeting may not invoke that level of timelessness. With hardwood floors, you have the option of choosing different types of woods and stains. The high cost of changing the appearance of a hardwood floor vs. a carpeted floor may deter you from choosing a more permanent flooring.
Generally, hardwood floors require more care and upkeep than carpeting. If you want either your hardwood floors or carpeting to last long, you’ll have to properly clean and care for both.
If you choose hardwood flooring, you also have the option of laying down a rug in a room to had carpeting. Rugs can be easily changed and removed by the home owner, where as removing carpet may require some pervious experience or special skill. If you choose to install carpentry, you will not be able to enjoy having both attributes of a carpet and a hardwood floor.
*Flooring Alternative: Concrete’s ability to hold color has made it a popular, alternative flooring option for the home. Much like wood flooring, concrete flooring is very versatile without the high cost of installation. It’s also easier to care and maintain concrete flooring, especially compared to carpet and hardwood.