One of the hardest aspects of being a homeowner is choosing what type of floor you want for your home. Whether you’re building, preparing to buy, or looking to install new floors, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons for carpet vs hardwoods.
Soft and plush, many homeowners seek carpet in bedrooms and bonus areas. It’s ideal for small children, serving as a buffer during learning-to-walk season and keeping tumbles from turning disastrous.
Carpet is also natural noise muffler, keeping feet padded as they stomp up and down stairs, or from room to room. It can help insulate a room, adding warmth on a cold Winter’s morning. It is also considerably more affordable than hardwood materials.
With so many services available, it’s easy to maintain carpet, and running a vacuum is no more difficult than sweeping with a broom.
The past decade has seen the rise of popularity in hardwood flooring. Hardwood is easy to clean when it comes to spills or accidents. Red wine, coffee, and soda are easy to remove with quick application of a towel or mop. Carpet can hold dust and allergens, where as hardwood is far less likely to aggravate allergies or sinuses.
Carpet requires professional cleaning to maintain its condition, and will need to be replaced every ten years. Hardwood generally lasts 25-30 years, and often only needs a refinishing after that. Wood is also a sustainable and renewable material.
Perhaps these reason are why USA Today reported that according to the National Association of Realtors, 54% of homeowners prefer hardwood and buyers are willing to spend $2,080 more on a house with hardwood flooring.
Whether you prefer carpet to hardwood, we think it’s safe to say that both products are wonderful and have a place in today’s decor. It’s a matter of preference, and you really can’t go wrong!
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