The choice between carpet and hardwood is one everyone must make at some point or another. Some people think of it as a simple aesthetic choice, but in reality, there are many things to be aware of before deciding.
The Advantages of Carpet
If you have children carpet provides many advantages over hardwood. The carpet will help cushion any falls or tumbles, which a few of are guaranteed if you have children. The carpet also will dampen sound, which there is bound to be an abundance of with children. It also doesn’t need to be cleaned as often as hardwood, only once a week or so.
It is much more pleasant to walk on in bare feet. In the winter when you drag yourself from your bed the feel of soft carpet is far more inviting than cold hardwood. Carpet also acts as an insulator and helps keep the whole house warmer.
Carpet is faster and easier to install in a home than hardwood. It also is much cheaper. A good carpet will last for ten or fifteen years. It can also increase the value of your home immensely if you are looking to sell.
The Disadvantages of Carpet
Carpet doesn’t last as long. The wear and tear of everyday life will slowly wear it out. In areas of heavy traffic, it can become matted or start to unravel. The carpet will trap dust, dirt, and grime even with regular cleaning. This can be problematic for people with allergies. It can be difficult to get stains out of the carpet and cleaning up after a pet or child’s mess is challenging.
Hardwood is elegant and never out of style. With so many different kinds of wood available, you can choose from a wide selection of colors, grains, and finishes. Simply laying down different rugs when you wish a change in décor is much easier than having to replace the carpet. It is easily cleaned and does not hide dust or dirt that could irritate allergies. Any spills or messes that are made, can be easily spotted and wiped up.
If the hardwood is damaged it can often be repaired, through sanding and refinishing. Hardwood, if it’s taken care of can last an entire lifetime and despite its higher cost be a good investment.
While hardwood looks great, during the winter you may dread sticking your feet out of bed even more than usual. Houses with hardwood can be harder to keep warm. It also needs to be cleaned regularly, swept every other day. Pets and children can cause damage like scratches and dents. It is also very susceptible to water damage. If the hardwood is incorrectly installed, high humidity can cause it to warp or buckle against a wall.
What it comes down to is simply figuring out what is best for you and your situation, as well as personal preference.