Whether you’re building or buying a new home or you’re about to remodel, the question will come up. Wood floors or carpet? There seems to be diehards in both camps, but if you’re not really sure which option is best for your home and family, then the decision isn’t so cut and dry.
Should you go for the soft heavenly cushion under your toes? Or the long-lasting, easy-to-clean wooden floor? Here at Duggins Services, we’ve worked extensively with both carpets and wooden floors and are ready to help you decide which type of flooring is right for you. Let’s check out the pros and cons of carpets and wood floors, and if you still have any questions about your options, you can always give us a call directly.
Carpet: The cons
- Maintenance: One of the first things people think about when considering carpet installation is having to deal with dreaded carpet stains. It is obviously an important concern, especially if you fall more on the messy side of living (hey, no judgment here). However, if you run a tight ship, then this might not be a reason to avoid carpeting since stain resistance varies by material and some carpets are treated to resist staining. Regardless of whether your accident or spill prone, you will have to regularly vacuum and call in professionals for deep carpet cleaning.
- Wear pattern: Carpets tend to show that undesirable wear pattern (much more than hard surfaces do) in the high-traffic areas of your home.
- Allergies: If you or your family members have allergies or respiratory problems, carpets are not your best option. They are highly susceptible to common allergens, such as dust mites, pet dander and mold.
- Shorter lifespan: Compared to hardwood floor or tile, carpets are manufactured synthetically, which means that they tend to not last as long as other flooring options.
- Homestyle and trends: Carpets are an ever-popular flooring option and have been making a return in interior design, but hard surface flooring like hardwood floors adds increased value to homes.
Carpet: The pros
Of course, it is possible to mitigate some of the cons listed above if you’re leaning more toward carpets. Again, you can choose stain-resistant carpet or have a stain-resistant treatment applied. You can use carpet in areas that don’t receive a lot of foot traffic. And there are benefits to installing carpet in your home.
- Noise reduction: Carpets are a great way to soundproof your home or apartment. If you have bedrooms downstairs or neighbors living below you, you can use carpets to reduce the amount of noise they will hear.
- Cozy and soft: Carpets are obviously more cozy on the feet and are a more comfortable surface to sit, play and work on than harder surfaces. Carpet is closer to cushion and is softer for children to play on. Although their durable little bodies don’t seem to mind crawling around on hard surfaces, carpets will definitely soften any unfortunate slips or falls.
- Warmth: Carpets not only add an element of warmth to a room over cold, harder surfaces like tile flooring, but they actually retain heat when temperatures are lower.
- Variety of textures, colors and styles: There are literally thousands of carpet styles, textures and color combinations to choose from. Patterns and colors range from contemporary to traditional.
- Price: While there are more expensive carpet options available, entry price carpeting is significantly lower than wood floors.
Wood floor: The cons
Now, it’s time to turn to wood floors. They have a number of great selling points, but again let’s start with the downsides.
- Noise: Compared to carpets, wood floors are quite noisy. Walking on it with any hard-soled shoe (boots, high heels, dress shoes) will make a loud stepping noise. If you have neighbors downstairs or bedrooms, it can be annoying for those sleeping or try to work or relax. You can try to mitigate this issue with the use of rugs.
- Scratches/dents: Especially if you have dogs, beware of wood floors. Depending upon the type and finish, wood floors are prone to scratches and dents. For example, fir and pine are softer woods and will more easily dent and scratch than hardwoods, such as walnut, cherry and oak.
- Occasional refinishing: If you’re not into the natural or rustic look of wear and tear on your wood floors, then you’ll have to get occasional refinishing to fix up those scratches and worn high traffic areas, which can be costly depending upon your home and floors.
- Cost: This is usually the deciding factor in the choice to install wood floors or not. Hardwood floors cost about $8 to $13 per square foot installed, depending on the quality, type and finish.
Wood floor: The pros
The cost of wood floors is worth it for a lot of people. And here are the reasons why.
- Easy to maintain and clean: Simply put, wood floors just need a quick Swifter once in awhile to catch any dust rolling around. Maybe a good scrubbing, but they don’t require professional cleanings throughout the year like carpets do.
- Increase value of your home: Choosing to lay down wood floors will make your home more valuable if you choose to sell in the future.
- Multiple styles and colors: Different people have different tastes when it comes to which type of wood they’d like in their home. And certain woods work better in some styles of homes than others. There are many options to choose from depending on stains, finishes, styles, species and sources. Depending on what you choose, this can also bring the cost down to fit your budget.
- Longevity: While wood floors can be a big investment upfront, they are durable and can last for decades.
Making the choice: Should I choose carpets or wood floors?
While there are some clear pros and cons for each, much of your choice will boil down to personal preference and the size of your home in terms of budget constraints.
If you live in Pensacola or the Northwest Florida region, Duggins Services can help you make the right decision for your home. We’re experienced with both carpet and hardwood flooring installations, carpet cleaning services, and even tile floor options as well.