Today we have a competition for the ages: carpet vs hardwood! Although hardwood seems to be most modern homeowners’ preferred flooring choice, carpet also has a long and celebrated history. So, do you like your flooring hard or soft? Do you hate the clatter of shoes on wood or do you relish the clicks and clacks? Have you had a traumatic experience with carpeting (mystery stains, rug burns, etc.)? Are you wary of hardwood’s high price? Today we’re going through each flooring option’s pros and cons to help you decide which you prefer.
Carpet vs hardwood: let the games begin!
Carpet vs Hardwood
Let’s start with the pros! First, carpet is soft and comfortable. When you step out of bed on a cold winter’s day, you’ll appreciate the warmth and padding. Carpet also muffles loud noises, so if you’re easily frustrated by rowdy kids, running dogs, or shoes that clatter, carpet might be your new best friend. If you’re hoping for a very bright and colorful floor, carpet is perfect because, unlike wood, it comes in a rainbow of colors and patterns. If you choose the right shade, carpet can hide dust and dirt better than hardwood. And ultimately, carpet is a lot cheaper as well, with prices around $3-$5 per square foot.
Since this is a carpet vs hardwood battle, we need to share carpet’s negative aspects as well. First, it can easily be stained and takes more time to clean. If your pets aren’t fully house-trained, your kids are messy, or you like to eat dinner in the family room, be prepared for the many messes you’ll encounter. You might have to create some new rules to minimize the damage, such as shoes must be removed at the door or food can only be eaten in the kitchen. Plus, carpet absorbs some odors and allergens, which can be uncomfortable for people with sensitive noses and allergies. Finally, carpet does not last as long as hardwood, so although the upfront price is lower, the replacement costs make it a comparable choice price-wise.
Next up in the carpet vs hardwood flooring competition: hardwood! Many people prefer the natural beauty of hardwood, especially if they plan to choose a premium wood product. It’s shiny, smooth, and complements many different styles. Although it requires a big upfront investment, wood will last for many years to come and it’s easy to clean and maintain. Most spills and dry debris can easily be wiped or swept up. It doesn’t absorb odors, pet dander, pollen, and allergens, so it’s preferable if someone in your family has bad allergies. Wood is also a sustainable material, so if you’re looking for an eco-friendly choice, you’ll have an easier time shopping if you choose wood. Plus, many of carpet’s benefits can be achieved with hardwood if you simply lay a rug on top of the floor. Finally, hardwood is currently in style and will improve your home’s resale value.
One of the biggest cons of hardwood is the price. Expect to pay $9-$12 per square foot, and if you have your heart set on reclaimed wood, the price could escalate to $30 or more per square foot. Installation is more time-consuming and labor-intensive as well. Plus, hardwood is sensitive to moisture, so if your hardwood isn’t installed properly, it could expand during high humidity and warp or buckle. Finally, it can be dented or scratched if you aren’t careful.
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As you’ve probably guessed, we can’t name a clear winner in this carpet vs hardwood competition. The choices is yours, and it will depend on your budget, your cleaning habits, your family’s noise level, and your personal preference. Would you rather have smooth wood under your feet or soft, cushy carpeting? We’ve laid out all the pros and cons, so now it’s up to you to decide who is the victor in this carpet vs hardwood matchup.
If you’re remodeling your floors or building a new home and you live in the southwest Missouri area, please give Adam Cowherd Construction a call at 417-877-7548 or click here for a free quote. We would love to help you build the home of your dreams, whether that home contains carpet flooring, hardwood, or both!