In the royal rumble of flooring options, hardwood flooring always seems to face off against carpeting. Whether you just bought a new home or are in the market for a new flooring option, there are going to be some distinct differences between carpeting and hardwood options. Let’s take a look to see if hardwood flooring is the right fit for you.
The Benefits of Carpeting
Carpeting is very alluring because of its cheaper price tag. While carpet installation can range from $2.50-$8 per square foot, hardwood floors generally start out at $6 a square foot. Many people also love how carpet is soft to the touch. Everyone likes to walk around with their shoes off in their home, and there is just something nice about feeling a soft floor beneath your feet. Some homeowners also find that the maintenance of refinishing hardwood floors is something they don’t like to deal with.
The Benefits of Hardwood Flooring
If you have allergies or are looking for a more eco-friendly flooring option, hardwood floors are the way to go. Carpets host a variety of allergens that can be inhaled while you sit or lay on the floor. Vacuum cleaners without quality HEPA filters can actually blow all those allergens back into the air. There are estimates that 2% of all landfill waste consists of carpet. Yikes! With hardwood flooring, however, you are utilizing a material that can be recycled and made from renewable products. If you have a young family or pets, you also know that it’s easier to clean hardwood than it is to clean a carpet. The maintenance for a hardwood floor in terms of spills and accidents requires a lot less effort because it is easy to clean up any issues with just a mop and bucket.
The Cost of a Hardwood Floor Versus Carpet
Overtime, hardwood floors are often a better option than carpeting. As previously mentioned, carpet flooring can take a beating from spills and other accidents from pets and children. Sometimes, even a clumsy adult can spill a drink that deeply stains your carpet, so you may need more maintenance with a carpet then you would a hardwood floor! If you have hardwood floors but were thinking about another option, sometimes all you need is a fresh refinishing to bring your hardwood back to showcasing its shine and luster. While carpet may initially win the battle in terms of upfront cost, hardwood floors win the war because of its many benefits and durability.
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