Carpet or hardwood floors? Both are good choices when it comes to choosing the right flooring for your home. It all depends on what kind of wear and tear your floors will undergo in your home as to which is more suitable to have.There are definitely more advantages however when it comes to hardwood flooring over carpet.
Hardwood flooring will last longer than carpet. A good quality carpet will last you close to 15 years. Solid hardwood floors can last you up to 100 years and engineered hardwood can last up to 75 years. With carpet, when it gets worn you have to replace it. Of course you can maintain your carpet by getting it steam cleaned, but it will wear over time. Once it is too worn, replacement is the only option. A good thing about hardwood flooring is that over time, you can refinish it once it becomes worn. You can even replace boards/planks if they end up with deep scratches or dents that cannot be fixed. The cost of hardwood flooring is less than replacing and maintaining the carpet.
Hardwood flooring is easier to clean than carpet. This is a big plus when it comes to flooring. This is especially true if you have pets or kids. Wiping up spill or muddy foot (or paw) print is a lot easier to do on hardwood floors than it is on carpeting. All you need for cleaning your hardwood floor is a damp mop and some hardwood floor cleaner. These will help keep your floors clean and dust free. Carpeting requires consistent vacuuming and periodic steam cleaning. It takes more time and effort to maintain and keep clean, and is more costly. No matter how often you clean your carpet, it will never look as good as it did the day it was installed. Hardwood floors can maintain the new appearance for years and refinishing it also will bring the like new look back to it.
Hardwood floors are good to have if there is an allergy sufferer in your house. With hardwood floors, dust, dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens can be easily removed. But with carpet, the allergens harbor into the floor making it hard for allergy sufferers. If your vacuum doesn't have a quality HEPA filter, then all the vacuum will do to the dust and dander is blow it into the air every time you use it.
Another benefit of hardwood flooring is the look. As discussed earlier, it will always have a like new look to it, even when you've had it for years. It makes rooms feel bigger and more open as well. All these reasons make hardwood flooring more desirable than carpet.
Whether you choose carpet or hardwood flooring, you can find both at Sutherlands! We have lots of choices to choose from as well as all the materials you will need to install your new flooring!