Carpet vs. Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is becoming more popular in modern day homes, but carpet isn’t going out of fashion either. When making a flooring decision for your new home or home renovation project, there are several things to consider.

 

Carpet

Pros

Having carpet in your home not only keeps your feet warm, but it is also soft. There is nothing better than the feeling of carpet in the winter time. The variety of types of carpet are endless, allowing you to find the perfect match for your home.

Carpet allows some flexibility in looks. There are carpet types for every occasion, whether you want a formal look in your home or a more casual feel. It is also generally a cheaper option compared to wood and ceramic. If you are remodeling on a budget, this is a great choice.

If your family stomps around the house, carpet may be perfect for you as it can provide noise insulation. No more being disturbed by the pounding of feet on the ground. Carpet will absorb all the sound to create a quiet atmosphere.

Cons

When it comes to carpet, maintenance isn’t as easy as other types of flooring. It can easily become stained from a single spill, taking a deep cleaning to get out. Spills can also lead to odor, even after the stain has been removed. Professional cleaning is an option to get tough stains and smells out, but it will cost you a pretty penny.

Carpet also isn’t as long-lasting as most flooring options. If it is well maintained with frequent vacuuming and steam cleaned once a year, you can extend its life a little longer. However, good upkeep can’t save carpet from general wear and tear such as mats or seams showing.

Dust mites, allergens, and moisture can hide deep within your carpet and not be picked up by your vacuum. Allergens trapped in carpet are especially troubling for families with small children. If you or someone in your household has severe allergies, this may not be the ideal flooring for you.

 

Hardwood Flooring

Pros

Hardwood flooring is a great way to make a room look clean and simple. With a wide variety of options, hardwood flooring makes it easy to find the right kind and price for you. And if you want to spice it up later, you can put a fun rug down.

If you have allergies, hardwood flooring is a great option. Unlike carpet, hardwood gives allergens no place to hide. Simply cleaning your floors will get rid of any allergens.

Cleaning hardwood floors is much easier than cleaning carpet. However, they do need to be cleaned more often. You want to make sure to sweep or vacuum and mop them every week or so. They will last a lifetime if well taken care of.

Cons

Buying and installing hardwood flooring is a hefty upfront investment compared to other flooring options. Hardwood will need to be refinished from time to time in order to keep it looking fresh.

Unlike carpet, hard surface floors make every little sound detectable. You’ll be able to hear kids, pets, and anyone else in the house walking around.

In the winter, hardwood flooring can be cold on your feet. However, an easy fix can be wearing socks or putting down a rug.

 

The Decision

When deciding between carpet and hardwood flooring, you also need to take your lifestyle into account. Do you have children? Are your pets potty-trained? What is your budget? These answers, along with all of the information above, will allow you to make an informed decision on your brand new flooring.

If you are planning a home renovation project, let the professionals of Speedy Floor Removal help you. We can remove your flooring safely and quickly.

To learn more about our floor removal service, contact us today!

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