Carpet or Hardwoods – That is the Question!
Flooring is the foundation of any beautiful room. If you are toying with the idea of remodeling, including updating your flooring in your house, you probably have tossed around this thought – carpet or hardwoods?
Sometimes it is a room to room decision. Or maybe an entire floor of the house. While either carpet or hardwoods can be a suitable flooring solution, it can all depend on the need and environment. Before you take that next step, make an informed choice on your flooring.
Hardwoods: Luxurious, Timeless & Versatile
Depending upon the type of wood chosen and how it is finished, hardwood floors can create a sense of respect as a design choice in residential homes. It’s high end and luxurious, presenting a visual prestige that often comes at a higher price than carpeting.
Properly maintained hardwood flooring can last for decades. Carpet is usually replaced every few years. While it may be more of an initial investment, in the long run, hardwoods can be more economical.
Hardwoods are easy to clean. The smooth solid surface of hardwood flooring does not hold onto micro-bacteria that typically gets trapped in carpet fibers. Because hardwoods don’t allow dust or dirt to hide, it can be much easier to maintain than carpet. In addition, the minimal dust, dirt, and bacteria make hardwoods more suitable for those with allergies.
You can refinish hardwoods, soften them with trendy rugs, and create numerous decorative choices. This flooring option affords vast possibilities to sprucing up living spaces. Hardwood flooring has been used in homes for hundreds of years and even if there are shifts in styles and trends, they have remained a popular type of flooring.
Carpeting: Comfortable, Safe & Sound-Free
Carpet emits warmth and produces a soft and comfortable foundation for any room. The softness on the feet provides a soothing touch to the toe. There is a warmer temperature provided by carpet that is not found on a cold, hardwood floor.
Standing on hardwoods for long lengths of time can cause pain in the ankles, knees, and feet. The softer padding and foam coupled with carpet can be more physically forgiving. Falling on carpet is much safer than an accidental crash on a hardwood floor. Objects are less likely to break, and kids or elderly family members are less likely to suffer injury on a carpeted floor.
Hardwood floors tend to be loud. When installed on upper-level floors people complain that they can hear footsteps and floor squeaks from hardwood floors. With carpeting, the surface of the floor is padded and insulated so that noise is muffled.
Decisions, Decisions . . .
Choosing between hardwood and carpet in your home is a decision that can't be made with a simple coin toss. Both options have pros and cons. To select the optimal flooring, consider the needs of your entire household, allergies, ages of family members, physical issues and visual appeal – and select the flooring that will best accommodate those needs.
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