Carpet and hardwood floors are the most popular and common types of materials used in homes. Deciding which is the better option for you depends on your personal taste and overall home improvement budget. While there are many differences between the two, both bring pleasant ambiances to homes.

Cost


One of the first questions that come up when deciding between carpet or hardwood flooring is the cost. The short answer is that carpets are the cheaper options between the two. However, they are less expensive in the short term while hardwood flooring is a more cost effective option with a great return investment.

The average lifespan of a carpet ranges from 3-10 years depending on the quality of the material. While it needs to be replaced every few years if properly maintained it can last longer. On the other hand, hardwood flooring can last over 50 years—even over hundreds of years if maintained properly.

Aesthetic


As you may already know, both carpet and hardwood floors differ in look. Carpets offer a warm, inviting ambiance while hardwood floors bring a modern and elegant feel to any room. Below are some of the major differences between these two materials.

  • Hardwood Floors—you will usually find this type of flooring in some shade of tan or brown. Their high-end texture fits nicely into any room, with a wide selection of warm and natural colors to choose from. Homeowners and guests will enjoy the elegance this flooring option brings.
  • Carpet Floors—while hardwood floors offer natural colors, carpet comes in a rainbow of colors to pick from. Good quality carpets are soft and sometimes equipped with additional padding underneath to increase the comfort. Homeowners and guests will enjoy the quietness and comfort this flooring option brings.
Hardwood flooring is luxurious and will last many years because of its long-lasting materials. Another benefit is that you can always add a rug to give a section of the room a feel of carpet. Similarly, carpet flooring is also a popular choice, bringing an inviting, cozy look to any living space.

Maintenance


When it comes down to the cleanliness of carpets, many people struggle to care and keep their carpet tidy. The upkeep of this flooring material is more difficult to maintain because they’re susceptible to dust, stains, and macro bacteria that gets caught in the fibers of the floor. Carpets also affect individuals with allergies by attracting and accumulating dust.

Hardwood flooring is a solid surface that can easily be wiped clean. Homeowners don’t have to worry about dust or dirt accumulating if they clean the floor daily. Harmful bacteria is easy get to rid of when it comes down to hardwood floors. Unlike carpets, they are easier to maintain hygienic and spotless.



Lifespan


As consumers, we want the most from our money. In the long term, carpet will need to be replaced more times than hardwood. This requires the hiring of a professional to rip up the floor and install the new carpet. Wood floors don’t have to be replaced often—if ever. In the case it gets damaged, this type of flooring can easily be refinished to obtain a new look again.

Ultimately, the investment of a hardwood floor pays off in the long run. Both floor surfaces are great choices with numerous characteristics that make them favorite in different environments.

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