Hardwood vs Carpet


It is the ever persistent question for homeowners. Whether you are building a new home or are just remodeling your current home, the question of hardwood or carpet will be an important one to address. But what are the benefits to hardwood over carpet or carpet over hardwood? Which one is better for your home? If these are questions you've been asking yourself, then you've come to right place. We will dive into these options and see what there is to see and, hopefully, by the end you will know which one will fit your situation better. Now, remember, speak with your real estate agent and your builder before you make any final decisions, this is simply supposed to be an educational piece.

Hardwood

Hardwood is a great flooring material. It is beautiful and has many advantages for the homeowner. Below we outline the advantages and disadvantages of having hardwood in your home instead of carpet.

Advantages of Hardwood

Durability

The most popular aspect of hardwood would have to be its durability. Hardwood can really take a beating - not that you want to give it one. It can take abuse much better than carpet or tile making it great for people who don't want to worry about accidently hurting their flooring.

Longevity

Another very popular advantage that homeowners get when they use hardwood instead of carpet is its longevity. Hardwood can last a very long time. When treated properly, experts say that a hardwood floor can last a lifetime (http://www.urbanfloor.com/blog/long-hardwood-floors-last). The important part of that statement being 'when treated properly'. You must do some regular upkeep on the floor which can make a hardwood floor last for years.

Aesthetics

Let's face it, hardwood floors just look really good. There is something classy about coming into a home that has a rich hardwood flooring from end to end. It makes the whole home feel stronger and more stable as well as give it a significant boost in perceived value.

Ornamental Decoration

One of the other awesome features you can get with a hardwood floor is the ability to install customized floor ornaments, more commonly known as floor medallions. Floor medallions are intricate mosaics of centerpieces of hardwood that can be lain into the hardwood floor for decoration. They are beautiful and look much like a stain glass window, but for your floor.

Disadvantages of Hardwood

Price

Hardwood flooring can be expensive. While the price has gone down in recent years, it is still a pretty expensive endeavor. This is because of the quality of the wood and the labor it takes to install. It is almost as labor intensive as a tile floor. There are some ways that you can lower your costs however, like purchasing less expensive wood, doing the labor yourself (if you have the training, time, and ability to do so) and so on and so forth.

Price to fix

Fixing a hardwood floor can be expensive to fix and or replace. This is because it is hard to take up one broken panel to replace it without damaging those around it. When done by a professional, the risk is a little less, but not gone completely. And, if perhaps you get mold or rot in or around your wood you may need to replace it all.

Cleaning

The 'of course' there is cleaning. While there are some vacuums out there that are built for hardwood floors, you may find yourself reaching for the broom and mop more often. It can be an advantage and a disadvantage depending on who you ask. However, no matter what, it is a bit of a transition from being able to use the vacuum on the majority of the surfaces in your home.

Carpet

Carpet is a very traditional choice for people building a new home. I can be a beautiful addition to your home and can do great things for your decor.

Advantages of Carpet

Price

Though it changes depending on the kind of carpet and the current price for carpet, having carpet in your home can be much less expensive than hardwood. This is because carpet can be installed easier, and the fibers can be manufactured at a lower cost.

Warmth

Carpet is also great for both the aesthetic warmth and the actual warmth of a room. Hardwood flooring can be cold to both the eye and the touch which is a problem that carpet does not have. With carpet throughout your house, you won't have to worry about walking around with cold feet during the wintertime.

Ease of cleaning

Another great thing is the ease and inexpensive nature of cleaning carpet. Most of the time all you need is a good vacuum and your carpet will be as clean as it needs to be. It is also pretty easy to do periodic carpet cleaning with shampoo or steam. You can do this with the help of a professional or you can buy or rent your own carpet cleaner for a decent amount.

Disadvantages of Carpet

Price to repair

Now, there is a problem with replacing pieces of carpet. If there is a small part of the carpet that needs fixing you may need to replace the entire room's worth of carpet. This is dependent on the type of carpet and the nature of the damage.

Longevity

Then, of course, there is the longevity of the carpet. Carpet does not last as long as hardwood. Carpet gets stained easier, it gets worn down quickly, and so on and so forth so you may need to replace your carpet several times in the life of the house.

So there you have it, a quick analysis of carpet and hardwood floors. As you are building or remodeling your home, don't forget to talk with your contractor and your real estate agent for advice on what might work best for your situation. Also be sure to find out the price and what you can afford before you start looking into other types of flooring.