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Which to Choose? Carpet vs. Hardwood

As you shop for the flooring for your home, you have two major choices. When deciding between carpet and hardwood flooring, there is a lot to consider. Think about the value of each option, the appearance, the cleaning process, and your own personal taste. For help deciding between carpet or hardwood, just continue reading.

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As you decide between carpet and hardwood, think about the lifespan of the flooring options. Carpet has an average lifespan of about 10 years. After 10 years, carpet usually needs to be replaced. However, hardwood is known to last for generations. If you’d rather replace your carpet every 10 years to switch up the style of your home, carpet is a nice choice. However, if you want flooring that will last for ages, hardwood is your best bet.

When building or remodeling a home, you’re making a significant investment. Think about the return on investment when you select your flooring. Many people don’t plan on living in their homes for 30 or more years, so it is likely that one day you will sell the home you are remodeling. Think about which flooring option is the most appealing to the mass market and which flooring option can raise the price of your home. For many, hardwood flooring is the best option for return on investment. Hardwood is durable, attractive, and versatile. Many home buyers seek a home that already has hardwood flooring installed.

There are hidden costs associated with remodeling or building a home. With flooring, maintenance is something to consider. Cleaning a carpet costs, on average, $0.30 per square foot, and one should professionally clean their carpet at least once every two years. These costs can add up over time. On the other hand, hardwood flooring can be cleaned with common household tools on your own. Just be sure to follow proper instructions based on the type of hardwood flooring you select to avoid damage, which could be costly.

Now that you know the major differences between carpet and hardwood, you’re ready to start shopping! To view our hardwood flooring options, just visit flooring.org and browse our website. You can also call flooring.org at 800-689-9006 to learn more about the options we have to offer.

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