Hardwood vs Carpet

hardwood and carpet

Although both hardwood and carpet are very different sometimes it can be hard trying to decide which one is best. In this article we will discuss each one to help you decide which one is perfect for you.



Hardwood floors are known to be very fashionable. They are long lasting and are able to be refinished several times to freshen up the look. Hand scraped wood flooring which has deeper grooves will hide the small dents and wear and tear that can result from high traffic and pets. It is a higher upfront cost than carpet, but hardwood adds a lasting value to a home that carpet can’t match. Wood is a sustainable, renewable and natural material and can help relieve allergies because it does not trap dust, pollen, and mites. With hardwood it is also easier to clean up spills, pet hair, and debris more so then carpet. However, wood floors need to be cleaned, vacuumed or swept, and mopped more often than carpet. In fact it needs to be swept at least every other day. There is a large variety of woods, and several colors to choose from. Plus you can easily change a hardwood floor’s look with an area rug.



Carpet is easier, faster and cheaper to install than hardwood flooring. While carpet generally doesn’t last nearly as long as wood it’s life can be extended with frequent vacuuming and by steam cleaning once a year. Carpet hides the dirt so you can clean it less often, but it does trap airborne dust particles in the spaces between the tufts. A family of four should vacuum once a week, or at minimum every other week. Be aware though that even with cleaning, stains never really go away. However, new more stain resistant synthetic carpet and more efficient vacuum cleaners make cleaning less of a hassle. Carpet is quieter than hardwood floors and warmer in the winter. A high quality carpet can last you about 10-15 years and you will have more color choices in carpet.


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