When deciding what floor works best for you in your home, there is typically always a debate on what best fits your lifestyle. Do you have small children? Pets? Do you prefer the low maintenance of only having to vacuum your carpet? Or would you rather sweep and mop your hardwood floors?
Benefits of Hardwood
It’s difficult to not like the look of hardwood flooring. If you hate it, obviously your flooring choice is easier. If you love it, go nuts. It’s a great flooring material for most rooms of the home.
In comparison to carpet, hardwood is much cleaner. It doesn’t collect dust and dirt. Well it does, but all you need to do is give a sweep or quick vacuum. Carpeting, despite best efforts is never perfectly clean unless you do a massive steam cleaning… and even then you end up with chemicals in your home.
Carpeting needs to be replaced. Hardwood flooring that is well maintained can last decades.
4. Flexibility with area rugs
You can add area rugs throughout which then offers benefits of carpeting while enjoying the benefits of hardwood flooring. The downside of course is that area rugs aren’t cheap.
5. Easy to rearrange furniture
If you like rearranging furniture, its’ a breeze with hardwood flooring as long as you have padding on the bottom of your furniture. The downside is that on hardwood flooring you furniture can easily moved out of place.
Cons of Hardwood
1. Noise Levels
They’re noisy below and in the rooms themselves. Sound is not muffled at all. Area rugs can help, but carpeting is a better option if you prefer a very quite home environment.
Scratches happen. As hard as you try to avoid it, your wood floor will get scratched. Some people like the distressed, worn wood floors while other people prefer pristine. Obviously you’re not going to start slashing your wood floor just for the distressed look… but if you go with wood flooring accept the fact it will get scratched.
Wood flooring doesn’t insulate well and it’s cold to the touch, especially in the morning and late evenings. An easy fix is wearing slippers. But if you prefer barefeet and don’t want cold feet, hardwood flooring may not be for you.
4. Hard surface
It’s hard. It’s not the best surface to crawl around on and play on for children, and it is unforgiving to the knees of adults having to do stuff on the ground.
Also, if you drop glass, forget about it. It’s broken. At least with carpeting, if you drop glass, there’s a good chance it won’t shatter.
5. Requires placing pads on bottom of furniture
The smart thing to do if you have hardwood floor is to place protective pads at the bottom of your furniture to prevent scratches. It’s a bit of a hassle, but well worth it.
Benefits of Carpeting
Carpeting is great for walking around with bare feet. It’s much more comfortable than hardwood flooring.
2. Muffles sound
Carpeted rooms are less noisy.
3. Aesthetics and selection
There are more carpeting options than hardwood options. This means you can find the exact carpeting you want because the selection is practically endless.
4. Furniture stays put
This is good and bad. When you want to move furniture around, carpeting is a nuisance because you can’t slide it. However, when you want your furniture to stay put, carpeting works better. Generally, you’ll move furniture around less often than not so it’s a considerable benefit to have furniture remain in place.
Cons of Carpeting
Even if you vacuum every other day, carpeting is dirtier than hardwood floor. It’s also more difficult and time-consuming to clean carpeting. We have hardwood throughout our main living area and cleaning it is simple.
It’s hard not to love the look of hardwood flooring. Generally, carpeting is less attractive than wood floors; however, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You just might prefer the look of carpeting.
3. Replacement cost
Carpeting has a shorter lifespan than wood flooring. Therefore, when comparing cost, keep in mind that you will more quickly replace carpeting than hardwood flooring.
While today’s carpeting offers decent stain resistance and steam cleaners can do a great job removing stains, you can still end up with permanent carpet stains. That said, wood flooring can stain, especially from moisture.
Carpeting contains chemicals. Steam cleaning carpeting involves chemicals. In today’s chemical laden homes, you might wish to take a step in reducing chemicals in your home, which means hard wood flooring is the better option.
After reading a bit of the pros and cons, it may become more apparent what type of floor is the best fit for your home and lifestyle. Every day I see different homes with various different choices for flooring, but in the end whatever you choose is up to you! Thanks for reading!
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