The two most common materials for floor surfacing are definitely wood and carpet, and if you’re undergoing a home improvement project you may be weighing up the two and deciding which will be better suited to your home. Both wood flooring and carpeting have unique characteristics and they’re great choices in all types of environments. When making your decision, consider the following pros and cons when choosing between wood flooring vs. carpeting and how to apply them in different areas of your home.
Wood flooring is definitely much more aesthetically striking than carpet, and since there is such a variety of styles available it can complement your design in many ways. Your wood flooring options include oak, maple, cherry, mahogany, walnut, teak, and many more. Wood flooring is a great choice for those with allergies, as it doesn’t hold onto dust and dirt, and it’s much easier to keep clean than carpet as you can simply wipe the surface. Wood flooring is very long lasting and can last for decades, and if it gets damaged it can be sanded down and re-stained so it’s as good as new.
One drawback of wood flooring is that it doesn’t provide the warmth of carpet, so if you live in an old house that isn’t well insulated, wood flooring may make your space feel colder. It also expands in humid conditions, and can be damaged by things like stilettos, appliances, and water leaks.
The biggest pro of carpeting in the home is that it feels lovely and plush on your feet. Carpet is very comforting and works well in bedrooms especially if you live in a cold climate. Carpet is generally cheaper than hardwood flooring, however it doesn’t last as long so it will need replacing more often. Carpet is a good choice if you have children as you have a layer of cushioning on the floor in case they trip or fall, and it’s generally much quieter than hardwood.
Although carpet is comfortable, it’s also much harder to maintain than wood flooring. If you have allergies then carpet isn’t a good option, as it holds on to bacteria, dirt and dust and is really difficult to clean. Carpet is less hardwearing and isn’t as resistant to spills and dirty shoes, so you need to be much more careful if it’s placed in high-traffic areas. One alternative is to get a hardwood floor but place rugs around the bed and living areas, so you have the best of both worlds.
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