Carpet vs Hardwood

Which is better for your space?

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New flooring can bring back the life to a space by adding a clean new glow with warm colors, glossy finishes, and a uniform appearance without stains, wear marks, or other ugly spots old floors may have.

When you are recovering the floor in a space of your home, there are many decisions that to be made. Not only do you need to decide where to buy the flooring, but you also have to decide if you will do the work yourself, how high the quality of flooring you should purchase, and the color and style. Hardwood and carpet are the ultimate favorites of homeowners because of their favorable characteristics. Choosing between the two can be tough because they do each have their perks.

In this article, we want to help decide if you want to use carpet or hardwood. This can be a tough decision as each floor covering brings with it different benefits and challenges. We think that depending on your space and what you want to do with it, we will help you make the best decision for your home.

Carpet

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Carpet has been a floor covering option since the late 18th century. If you choose the right colors, carpet can look great and timeless. There have been some great advancements in technology recently that makes modern day carpeting much more attractive than some of its predecessors. Materials such as advanced nylons, special coatings, and even advanced polymers made to resist stains completely make modern day carpeting surprisingly easy to care for.

The biggest benefit of carpeting is going to be the warmth and softness. If you want to walk on soft and padded floor, then carpet is a better choice for you. This is ideal for bedrooms and living room areas where comfort and relaxation are sought. The cold surface of hardwood won’t shock your feet in the winter if you have carpet flooring, which will feel like blanket to your feet. Due to the padding and pile, nothing is going to make you want to snuggle up on the floor like brand new carpet.

Hardwood flooring­

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Hardwood has been used in homes ever since houses were built. It is a widely available natural resource and there isn’t much to the process of producing it into flooring.

Hardwood floors are available in different grains, colors, sizes, and finishes. Hardwood is easy to clean, durable, and mostly hypoallergenic. If properly cared for, hardwood can be expected to last 100 years or more, making it a nearly permanent feature for your home. Hardwood can be a little more expensive than carpeting, but it is considered a great investment given how long it may be in your home. The biggest benefit of hardwood flooring is its timeless beauty and elegant feel, helping the space feel more sophisticated.

Weighing the pros and cons

Carpet may seem cheaper than hardwood, but carpet has a shorter life and will need to be replaced every few years. Modern day carpets can be expected to last for 5 to 10 years and some luxury carpets may last up to 20 years- it all depends on traffic and how well it is cared for. If properly maintained, hardwood flooring can be expected to last a lifetime or even more, making it a better investment in the long run. Simply refinishing the hardwood if it’s damaged or stained will make it look good as new.

Hardwood is more sensitive to noise and tends to creak, so people downstairs can hear footsteps from the upper level. Carpet is padded and insulated so sounds don’t travel very far. Because it of the padding, children can enjoy kneeling and getting down on a carpeted floor because of its soft cushions. They also are less likely to hurt themselves if they fall onto carpeted flooring.

Traditionally, carpeting is used in rooms like bedrooms and family rooms while hardwood is used in entryways, kitchens, and dining rooms. If you are looking to make your room feel more refined, easy to clean, and you don’t mind spending a little more now for a greater return in the long run, hardwood flooring is the ideal option. If you are looking for a warm cozy-feeling room with less upfront cost, then carpeting is your best option.

What have you decided?

Hardwood and carpet both have their pros and cons, and it is really a matter of preference when it comes to deciding which one to install. If it’s cushioning you want from carpet but prefer the beauty of hardwood, a quick solution would be placing soft area rugs in high traffic areas on the hardwood floor so you still get the best of both worlds.

Carpet and hardwood can do much more than cover your floors. It can be the foundation of a decorating plan, inspiring other ideas. Or, it can be selected to complement existing walls and furnishings. Above all, the floor covering you choose should reflect your personality and bring comfort to your home.

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit www.daltoncarpetone.com.

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