Pros and Cons of Carpet and Hardwood
Carpeting or hardwood floors? It’s an age-old question that many homeowners have asked themselves.
If you’re trying to decide between these two kinds of flooring you should know the pros and cons of each type. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know to make the best decision for your lifestyle.
Advantages of Carpeted Floors
Carpet became popular for a reason:
- Nylon fibers are fairly stain resistant. Spills aren’t catastrophic in many cases.
- Even the newest, most stain resistant types of nylon carpet are less expensive than hardwood.
- If you have children, pets or other noise-makers, you’ll appreciate having carpeted rooms. Carpet is an effective sound blocker that absorbs noise.
- Some people simply prefer the feeling of carpet underneath their feet.
- Your options are virtually endless, with a wide range of textures, patterns and colors. Read through this carpeting guide from Lowe’s to learn about some of your options.
Cons of Installing Carpeting
As with anything, there are downsides to choosing carpet:
- Carpeting doesn’t last as long as hardwood, especially in high-traffic rooms and areas.
- Professional cleaning may be required to keep carpeting looking fresh.
- Allergy sufferers may find that carpeting aggravates their symptoms, especially if pets are in the home.
- Those unique colors and textures can be trendy, becoming less appealing and popular as tastes change.
Advantages of Hardwood Floors
Here are some of the advantages of hardwood flooring:
- It’s easier to keep clean, and doesn’t collect dirt, dust and other particles like carpeting does. Hardwood is a great choice for allergy sufferers.
- Hardwood flooring that’s been well taken care of can last for decades.
- You can get the best of both worlds by using area rugs on your wood floors.
- Hardwood is a renewable resource, making it an environmentally friendly flooring option. Learn more about the environmental benefits here.
- You also have many options in terms of appearance: finished or unfinished, different colors and textures, different types of wood and more.
- Hardwood flooring will never go out of style. It’s a classic material that has remained popular amongst generation after generation.
Disadvantages of Hardwood Floors
- Cost can be a deterrent. Depending on the type of wood you want the cost can add up quickly.
- Installation can also be more expensive.
- Hardwood floors require more upkeep, including regular refinishing. Scratches are nearly inevitable, too.
- It doesn’t insulate like carpeting. If you live in a cold climate this is a disadvantage, those homeowners in warmer climates might appreciate this feature.
As you’re choosing flooring for your home, you can absolutely use carpet in some rooms and hardwood in others. Each has its pros and cons, and choosing room-by-room is a great way to reap the benefits of carpeting and wood.
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