Carpet Vs Hardwood Flooring: A Comparison
Sometimes it can be hard to decide whether to go with carpet or hardwood flooring when picking the “best” kind of flooring for your home. Every home is different and there are a lot of factors that can affect your decision on what kind of flooring you want in your home. These include factors such as:
- Budget or cost
- Ease of installation and upkeep
- Personal preferences
- Needs/accommodations (ease of wheelchair use, more pet-friendly option, wear and tear of family use, etc.)
So, to help you out, we have broken down each essential category and provided a direct comparison of each one, so that you can make the absolute best decision for both your home and your family.
Carpet vs Hardwood: A Comparison
If budget is your main concern, here’s what you need to know:
Carpet: $3-$5 per square foot
Cheapest: Olefin, Polyester, Nylon
Most expensive: Wool
Hardwood: $8-$12 per square foot
Cheapest: Bamboo, Maple, Oak
Most expensive: Brazilian walnut, Mahogany
Cost is one thing, but how long will each surface last?
Carpet: Needs replacing every 5-15 years
Hardwood: Lasts for over 50 years
What is the upkeep like for carpet vs hardwood, and how expensive are repairs?
Carpet: Repairs cost an average $200
Hardwood: Many repairs can be done yourself through sanding and refinishing
Everyday cleaning makes a difference. Remember that Chem-Dry can help arm both types of flooring against dirt and grime with regular deep cleanings!
Carpet: Easy to clean; dirt is less visible; stains may be difficult to remove
Hardwood: Easy to clean; dirt is more visible/harder to hide: most surfaces do not stain easily
Other Facts & Tips
Hardwood typically has the best resale value in today’s housing market, so if you’re looking to sell your home hardwood flooring might be the best bet. However, a new carpet could also do the trick. A deep cleaning will also help to revitalize your flooring if you are selling.
USA Today found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for hardwood floors!
Best Carpet for Babies
Carpets are naturally the best option for babies, as they are softer. The best carpet for babies would either be wool for its softness or nylon for its stain resistance.
Best Carpet for Pets
Because of its stain resistance and durability, nylon is usually the best carpet for pets.