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Carpets versus Wood Floors

July 25th, 2014

Modern white living roomCarpets versus Wood Floors

In prior posts, we’ve talked about updating your carpeting, types of wood floors, and caring for your wood floors.

Today, we’re going to look at the the pro’s and con’s of carpeting versus wood flooring, and which you should chose if you’re planning on remodeling. We’ll look at maintenance, cleaning, resale value, and esthetics.

Why Choose Wood

Hardwood floors are more in style currently and can make a home easier to sell according to a survey by Lumber Liquidators. They surveyed real estate agents, and it was a unanimous vote that they preferred wood floors over carpet. According to the National Association of Realtors, buyers are willing to spend $2,080 more on a house with hardwood flooring.

Wood floors are easier to keep clean with simple sweeping or dry mopping regularly. You don’t have the problem like carpets with dust, hair, dirt, skin and dust mites hanging out in the carpet fibers. Dry mopping should be done every three to four days, and a cleaning solution meant for wood floors should be used every three to four weeks. Don’t mop with the typical solution of water and vinegar as that could strip the finish.

Carpets need to be deep cleaned once or twice a year.

Spills are easier to clean up on a hardwood floor than a carpet which can stain.

Wood flooring lasts longer than carpeting which generally has a life of about ten years. Some carpets are designed to last longer, and a good carpet pad will help prolong the life of the carpeting.

People feel hardwood floors adds class to a home.

Why Choose Carpeting

Hardwood floors can get scratched or gouged if something heavy drops on it. Often, these can be repaired by a professional, but it can be costly to buff the damage out.

Hardwood floors need to be polished once or twice a year depending on traffic.

Carpet keeps the home quieter as it dampens the noise. Wood floors tend to amplify noise.

People feel carpets are warmer and tend to prefer them in the bedrooms.

The bottom line goes down to how long you intend to stay in your house. If you will be selling it soon, update part or all of the house with hardwood floors. Bamboo is less expensive and a more sustainable wood. The wood floors will improve the resale value of the home more than carpeting. If you’re staying and want the carpet for your personal happiness, get the carpet. If you’ve had allergy problems, consider doing part of the house with hardwood, and the bedrooms with carpeting and see if that cuts down on the sneezing.

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