For many people who are building homes, remodeling homes, or are just ready for a change, the question of flooring always is a puzzling one. The two main contestants in this fight: carpet and hardwood. Which is better? Which is more cost effective? And which will I like more? In this article, we will take a look at these two giants of the flooring world and examine their pros and cons. We aren’t meaning this to be financial advice by any means, but rather as education so that you can learn more about these two options.
Let us start with Hardwood. Hardwood is an awesome piece of flooring that has become much more popular over the last few years. There are many pros and cons to hardwood, so let’s take a look.
Pros of Hardwood
#1 Hardwood floors last a long time
One of the biggest reasons people buy hardwood flooring for their home is because of its incredible longevity. According to urbanfloor.com, when taken care of, a hardwood floor can last a lifetime, (http://www.urbanfloor.com/blog/long-hardwood-floors-last). This can be interpreted many different ways and each floor will be different, but as long as you try to preserve a hardwood floor you will see it in your home for many years to come.
#2 Hardwood floors are durable
While you don’t want to abuse your floors, it is always good to know that they can take it.
Hardwood floors are… well hardy. They are tough due to the materials they are made of and the construction process they undergo. Because of this, they won’t shatter if something is dropped on them like tile does. It may dent a little, but it won’t be a significant enough problem for you to need to replace a plank.
#3 Hardwood looks great
The aesthetics of a room are an important thing to consider when you are picking out your flooring. One of the great things about hardwood is the rich natural color it brings to your home. It will enhance the look and overall atmosphere of the room.
#4 Hardwood allows for ornamental designs
One of the cool things that you can do with a hardwood floor is to put in a floor medallion.
These are decorative wooden mosaics that really make your room stand out. They come in many sizes with designs and colors of all kinds as well. They are a great way to add some flavor to your room. If you have ever admired stain glass windows, then you are going to love a floor medallion.
Cons of Hardwood
#1 Hardwood can cost a pretty penny
Working in hardwood is a bit more expensive than carpet. Carpet and other flooring can be mass produced in a factory while hardwood (when not synthetic) has to be harvested, processed, and then turned into flooring. Not to mention the durability and longevity we talked about earlier. You don’t get that kind of quality without a price.
#2 Fixing hardwood can also be a bit expensive
Fixing hardwood can be pretty expensive. If you do happen to hurt the hardwood in your home, you will need to buy more planks and have someone take out the old and put in new ones. It can cost quite a bit which is something you don’t have to worry about with another kind of flooring like tile.
#3 Cleaning hardwood can be an adjustment
If you haven’t had hardwood in your home before then you will need to adjust to how you clean hardwood. More likely than not you will use a broom and dustpan instead of a vacuum. And you may need to get a certain type of solution when you need to mop it since it isn’t 100% waterproof like tile or linoleum.
Let’s take a moment now to look at carpet and the pros and cons of having carpet in your home. Carpet can be a wonderful addition to a home and it is almost expected in most people’s homes nowadays.
The Pros of Carpet
#1 Carpet is on the less expensive end of the spectrum
Price is usually the deciding factor for a lot of people when they are choosing whether or not to buy something. In the case of flooring, carpet is usually much more affordable than most other options. Like we said earlier, carpet can be mass produced for a pretty low price. Not to mention, you don’t have to harvest and process trees to make it.
#2 Carpets aren’t cold
One thing that can be said for carpet over any other type of flooring is that it is not going to be cold. Just imagine walking through your home in the middle of the night during the winter. However, there is another kind of warmth that you have to be concerned with and that is atmosphere. You can more easily create warmth in a room with carpet, especially if you are very careful with your color choices.
#3 It is easy to clean a carpet
Besides being able to use a vacuum for day to day cleaning, you can also easily rent a carpet cleaner to shampoo or steam your carpets for a decent price. Not to mention you could easily take a weekend and do the entire house with ease.
The Cons to Carpet
#1 Carpet is pretty expensive to repair
Carpet is not like hardwood or tile. With those kinds of flooring, you can replace pieces. Carpet on the other hand, requires that you replace the entire room because patchwork carpet isn’t very appealing to the eye.
#2 Carpet doesn’t last as long
Don’t get us wrong, carpet can last a pretty long time, but you can’t expect it to last more than 25 years for a good product. Usually, you can see replacement worthy wear and tear after 10 years. So, if you are looking for longevity, carpet isn’t the one to go with.
Flooring is an important decision for a homeowner. It will set the tone for the rest of your home. Talk with your contractor and maybe even your real estate agent for advice and for help deciding what to do. Be sure also to price everything out right before making any decisions.