Flooring is one of the biggest decisions a homeowner can make. Both carpet and hardwood floors look great in any home. Some people love the sleek and elegant look of hardwood while others love how carpet creates a warm and cozy look. While aesthetics are an important aspect to consider when picking out flooring, homeowners must also consider their lifestyle and flooring needs. Which one should you choose? The experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake share the different pros and cons of carpet and hardwood flooring!
PROS OF HARDWOOD FLOORS
Hardwood floors bring a beauty and elegance to any room and come in a variety of species and finishes.
Hardwood floors stand up to a lot of wear and tear and do not need to be replaced as often as carpet. They are very durable, and can last decades if properly maintained.
Hardwood floors are easier to clean in comparison to carpet flooring. Spills can be wiped up very easily and dirt and dust don’t get trapped in the wood.
CONS OF HARDWOOD FLOORS
Hardwood floors can be very noisy, especially for the room below it. They can creak when someone walks across the floor, and sound carries much easier from room to room. Area rugs can help muffle the noise, but not as much as carpet will.
Unlike carpet, hardwood floors don’t hold in the heat as well. They are also very cold to walk on during the winter months.
While the day-to-day maintenance is fairly easy, hardwood floors do require upkeep. The floors (depending on the type of wood) can be scratched. This can be fixed by sanding and refinishing the floors, which can take some time and money.
PROS OF CARPET
Carpet is better at muffling sounds and keeping them contained to one room.
Carpet keeps the heat in and is a much warmer surface to walk on during the cold months of the year.
Carpet is much cheaper than hardwood flooring.
CONS OF CARPET
While there are many stain-resistant options, carpet does stain easier than hardwood.
Carpet doesn’t last as long as hardwood and needs to be replaced more often. Carpet generally lasts around 10 years with proper care.
There are many benefits of both hardwood and carpet flooring, so it really comes down to what the homeowners like and what works best in each room. Hardwood may work perfectly on the main level, while carpet is a better fit for the bedrooms. To figure out what will work best for you, give the experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake a call to schedule a free in-home consultation!