Carpet Vs. Hardwood Flooring – Pros & Cons
When starting a home remodeling project or constructing a new home, choosing the right flooring can be a tough decision. There are perks and drawbacks to both hardwood and carpet flooring, and the right choice for your home depends on a few different factors. Your family, lifestyle, and the layout of your home all influence your decision making, but don’t forget about these other factors to consider before heading to your King of Prussia flooring store:
- Cost – Everyone knows quality hardwood floors are one of the most durable and long-lasting flooring options. Premium hardwood floors can last two or three decades before needing to be refurbished. However, hardwood is also much more expensive than carpeting. If you’re on a budget, or plan on moving within the next decade or so, carpeting may be the more cost-effective option.
- Noise – While hardwood flooring is a beautiful and durable option, it’s also a noisy one. If you have a large family but generally prefer a quiet home environment, quality carpeting will help reduce the noise pollution of heavy foot traffic. If you don’t mind the sounds of footsteps and are more focused on longevity, hardwood may be the better choice. This also may vary from room to room; consider going with carpeting upstairs to create a quiet sleeping environment, while keeping downstairs visually appealing and functional with hardwood and/or linoleum flooring.
- Kids & Pets – The size of your household and whether or not you have pets is another determining factor when deciding between hardwood and carpet. For a big family with several young kids and pets, it’s important to consider the wear-and-tear that may affect hardwood flooring. Large dogs may scratch the floor over time, and kids at play can take a toll on hardwood floors. For large families with kids and pets, carpeted flooring may be a safer alternative.
These are just a few of the factors you should consider when upgrading or installing new flooring. Every family is different and will be suited for a different combination of flooring options, but remember: Always go with quality materials no matter your choice.
At Norman Carpet One, we specialize in a wide array of flooring options, including carpet, wood, rugs, resilient floors, ceramic, and stone. We’ll work with you to develop the flooring plan which best suits your home. Contact us today for an in-home consultation!