Carpeting vs. Hardwood Floors

One of the great benefits to owning your own home is having the final say in what type of flooring you have. Do you opt for the elegance and convenience of hardwood floors, or the comfort of carpeting? Each option has its own distinct strengths and weaknesses.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a practical and attractive decision for floors. They are typically easier to clean and maintain than carpeting, and many people prefer the way they look and feel. Since common allergens like dust and pet hair are easier to remove from hardwood floors, they are an ideal choice for someone with allergies.

Hardwood floors are also more durable, last significantly longer than carpeting, and can be refinished to remove scrapes and scuffs. And considering that 54% of homebuyers prefer hardwood floors, it’s a smart choice if you are considering selling the home in the future.

Carpeting

Maintaining a home’s carpet may not be as easy as hardwood floors, but installing carpeting in a home has its advantages. Carpeting provides a softer surface, which is ideal for parents of small children who are prone to taking tumbles. Many people also prefer the softer surface in areas like the bedroom. Carpeting provides cushioned support for your feet, which many prefer over hardwood floors. Carpeting also helps to muffle noise from walking, which is especially helpful for multi-level homes.

It is hard to declare a winner in the floor wars, as everyone’s tastes and needs are different. If you love the look and convenience of hardwood floors, but want some areas of your home to have a softer surface, you can ultimately decide to carpet some rooms and not others, or opt for surface rugs. The choice is yours to make, and you should choose based on which option is best for your lifestyle.

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