Thinking about giving your home some TLC? You’re in good company. In fact, in 2016, Americans spent an estimated $310 billion on remodeling and repairing their homes.
Updating your floors can boost the overall appearance and value of your home. When choosing flooring options, you might feel torn between carpet or hardwood.
Keep reading to learn which option is right for your home.
Benefits of Carpet Floors
Carpets are softer and feel great on bare feet. If you’re looking to create a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere, carpet may be the best option for you.
It’s also friendly for kids playing around or even roughhousing because falling on carpet hurts significantly less than falling on hardwood floors.
Furthermore, if you or your kids are klutzy (no shame), items are far less likely to be broken when dropped on carpet, as opposed to the hardwood.
Carpet is also much warmer than hardwood floors. If you are prone to getting cold or live in an area with frosty winters, you might want this option for extra insulation.
Downsides of Carpet Floors
Carpet can easily stain, though stain resistance varies by material. With proper cleaning and maintenance, you can easily prolong your carpet’s longevity.
Carpet also tends to show more wear and tear than other harder surfaces, which may mean needing to replace the material sooner.
Finally, if you are allergy-prone, carpet can trap allergens and moisture. You will need to regularly vacuum to keep these pests at bay.
Benefits of Hardwood Floors
When it comes to the decision between carpet or hardwood, most real estate agents will agree that hardwood flooring is more “high end.” When selling your property, hardwood beats carpet in terms of monetary value.
Moreover, hardwood is easy to clean. It’s a solid, hard surface that can be easily wiped and maintained.
It’s also very long-lasting when maintained properly. It can last for decades, and higher-end materials can last for several generations.
While hardwood may cost more upfront, you might end up saving money in the long run, especially if you plan to live in your house long-term or rent it out to tenants.
Downsides of Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors cost more than most other flooring options, and that’s because the installation process can be tedious. With that said, as mentioned earlier, because hardwood can last so long, you might actually save money in the long run.
Hardwood also needs diligent maintenance to avoid scuffs and scratches. Hardwood floors can also reveal dirt and dust easily, which means that you will need to regularly sweep and vacuum.
Finally, hardwood floors can be loud. Be mindful of that if you have a busy household or lots of itty-bitty feet running around!
Final Thoughts on Carpet or Hardwood
At the end of the day, the choice often comes down to personal preference and comfort.
Whatever you choose, we want to help you upgrade your floors! Contact us today for a free in-home consultation.