Should You Tear Up Your Carpet and Get Hardwood?
Your floors are one of the most important aspects of your home. A beautiful house with outdated floors automatically looks cheap and unimpressive. If you’re looking at a floor makeover and you’re wavering between installing wood floors or new carpet, it can be worthwhile to consider the benefits and drawbacks for each. Freshly installed flooring always looks great initially, but damage can start showing as quickly as the first few weeks. Homeowners should consider longevity and cleanliness when choosing flooring, along with other factors. Let’s look into both options to help you decide.
According to the National Association of Realtors, buyers are willing to spend more than $2,000 more on a house with hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors are in style as of recently, and buyers tend to prefer them.
One of the major aspects that entice buyers is that wood floors are very easy to clean. Sweeping tends to be easier than vacuuming. However, wood floors need to be polished and dry mopped every three to four days, along with monthly deep-cleans. Spilled liquids are easier to handle on a wood floor compared to carpet. Spot cleaners can be used on carpet stains, though they are known to change some carpets’ color.
Carpets can be pretty gross. Carpets become home to dust, hair, and skin particles. Exposure to this mixture daily can lead to eye and respiratory problems. A wood floor won’t harbor these particles as long as it is swept regularly. Carpet traps allergens and keeps them out of the air, but are kicked up regularly by foot traffic. Consistent vacuuming can help along with regular professional carpet cleaning. This brings us to our next point.
Carpets need to be professionally cleaned
Even if you vacuum your carpet every single day, you will still need professional cleanings on a daily basis. Carpet cleanings should take place twice a year and use hot water extraction and some serious scrubbing.
Drops are inevitable. If you drop something heavy on your wood floor, any dents or scratches can be easily removed by buffing. In more serious cases, a professional can repair dents fairly inexpensively. Risk of damage can be greatly reduced with the addition of area rugs. Rugs provide all of the benefits of carpet without the permanence.
In general, wood floors should last longer than carpet. A typical lifespan for a carpet is around 10 years. After than, carpets look worn, outdated and dirty. Wood floors last around 25 to 30 years, or even longer if well cared for. Some wood floor companies offer warranties for 100 years or more for their floors.
Who doesn’t like the look of a clean, polished hardwood floor? Wood floors look expensive and classy. However, good carpet can look just as nice. When it comes to looks, beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Everybody is different, and while buyers tend to prefer wood floors, carpet can be a great option for those individuals who don’t plan on selling immediately.
Carpet is the obvious winner when it comes to noise control. If you have upstairs neighbors, wood floors can be noisy. Area rugs can help, but carpeting is a much better option if you are looking for noise reduction. However, if you live in a single story home with no upstairs neighbors, these benefits may not apply to you.
Wood floors are not great insulators. They are cold to the touch, which can be uncomfortable during our North Idaho winters. Luckily, this downside can be fixed by wearing slippers, adding an area rug, or investing in heated floors. If you love walking through your home barefoot, carpet may be a better option.
Generally, hardwood will cost more than carpeting. However, with the rise in wood’s popularity, cheaper options become available every day. Expensive carpet also exists, making it more expensive than hardwood in some cases.
Overall, the choice between hardwood and carpet all comes down to personal preference. Every situation is unique. Some homeowners plan on living in their home forever, while flippers may be looking for the best short-term investment. Consider your individual needs and what is most important to you. If you aren’t sure which direction to go, don’t be afraid to talk to a professional for some guidance.