Selecting the right floor type for your home may be one of the biggest home decisions you will have to make. One of the principal considerations when selecting the right floor type is going to be your family’s lifestyle. How much foot traffic do you have? Do you have pets? Do you have young children? These questions will all have a direct impact on your decision. When comparing solid or engineered hardwood to carpet, hardwood has many advantages.
Carpet can typically last 10 – 15 years, whereas hardwood floors can last a lifetime. Damage to a hardwood floor can easily be repaired without having to replace the entire floor.
While carpet is known for being warm, soft and noise absorbing, hardwood floors are known for being durable, long lasting and versatile. They also help add value and beauty to your home’s overall worth.
Carpet installation is faster and cheaper when compared to hardwood installation. However, hardwood floors may have a higher up-front cost but the longevity of hardwood evens out the investment price. Concerns of long installation times can be alleviated by working with Flowers Flooring. Our installation experts work in teams which allows for a much quicker installation time.
Carpets require a high level of maintenance and chemicals over its lifetime. Spills and other accidents are more difficult to clean off carpet. Even with a regular daily cleaning and yearly steam clean, all carpets will have to be replaced eventually. Hardwood floors are easy to care for compared to carpet. They are also naturally spill and stain resistant.
Carpets are predominantly constructed out of synthetic materials. Stain resistant carpets are usually treated with some sort of chemical that can be harmful to the environment. Hardwood floors are sustainable since they come from natural materials. The trees used to make the floors can be replanted for future use and enjoyment.
Carpets come in a variety of colors, styles and patterns. However, once you decide on a carpet, you’ll have to be sure that your current style choices don’t change. Hardwood floors come in styles and colors that are considered timeless. Changing your style and taste with a hardwood floor is as simple as changing an area rug.