When you swing your feet off the side of the bed in the morning, are they greeted by the cold hard texture of hardwood or the warm fluffy texture of carpet? If you are a homeowner, the answer to that question might be the result of hours of contemplation deciding which flooring option is right for your home.
If you have recently decided to replace your current flooring, there are several factors that you should keep in mind when you are choosing between carpet and hardwood. Every homeowner has their preference and every home has its own unique style, but your decision should be based on more than just aesthetics. Consider the following three factors before deciding on carpet or hardwood in your home.
The number one complaint about carpet is that it is easily stained and difficult to maintain. Hardwood on the other hand is easier to keep clean, is stain resistant, and hides small cuts and dents that occur in everyday life. Over time, hardwood does become susceptible to larger more prominent scratches, so consider this if you have children or pets.
The average price of hardwood runs anywhere between $9 and $12 per square foot, the price of carpet generally runs anywhere between $3-$5 per square foot. The price difference is not only based on the type of material used but also on the installation process. On average, hardwood flooring is much more expensive than carpet to install.
Hardwood is your best option if you can afford it and you plan on selling your home in the next few years. In our opinion, hardwood is not only more stylish than carpet, but it also offers a better resale value and the most bang for your buck. In fact, Realtor.com lists installing hardwood floors as having an especially good return on investment. To cut down on the expense, combine carpet in the office or spare bedroom with hardwood throughout the rest of the house.
Whether you choose hardwood flooring or carpeting for your remodel, consider the aforementioned factors carefully before making your final decision. Once you've mulled it over and came up with an answer to the carpet vs hardwood question, the next step is to choose your preferred flooring brand. One of the best ways to pick a brand is to read reviews written by homeowners who are living and walking on the carpet or hardwood you are considering. Did you decide to go with hardwood? Read the FlooringReport.com consumer wood flooring reviews. Did you instead pick carpet for your new floors? Read our consumer carpet brand reviews.