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CARPET VS. HARDWOOD FLOORS: WHICH IS BETTER LONG TERM?

a dog laying on the hardwood floor

Choosing between carpets and hardwood floors is one of the most difficult decisions homeowners have to make when starting a home remodel. Is one better than the other?

 

There isn't a simple answer to that question. Today, we break down the qualities and characteristics of carpet and hardwood flooring. Keep reading, and let us help you decide which flooring fits your budget and needs the best.

 

Cost

When it comes to upfront cost, carpet is the cheaper option. The average price per square foot is $3 for carpet and $5 for hardwood flooring.

 

It may sound like carpet is a better solution when it comes to cost, but carpet doesn't last as long as hardwood flooring. Carpet needs to be replaced quicker than hardwood floors, so you may spend more in the long term.

 

When choosing between carpet and hardwood flooring, it's important to consider your budget. What can you afford now, and what can you afford over time?

 

Maintenance

Both carpet and hardwood floors are relatively easy to clean. For carpet, the vacuum will take care of any dirt and pet hair that's built up. To keep carpeting looking its best, it's a good idea to have them professionally cleaned at least once a year.

 

Grab a broom to sweep up any dust, hair, and other debris on hardwood floors. Professional cleaning is available for hardwood flooring, but many homeowners choose to skip this step.

 

The most significant difference in maintenance is with liquid or sticky solid spills. These substances will seep into the carpet fibres, making it challenging to clean entirely. The same spill on a hardwood floor will be messy but can be cleaned up quickly with a cloth or mop.

 

Durability

When choosing between carpet and hardwood flooring, it's important to consider how long each product will last. Carpeting will need to be replaced every 10 to 20 years because the fibres will start breaking down.

 

Hardwood floors are highly durable and will last much longer than carpet. When properly cared for, hardwood floors can last over 50 years.

 

Home Value

Hardwood floors have the advantage when considering the value they will add to your home. Hardwood floors are a top request of home buyers, and they are often willing to pay more than they would for a home with carpet. 

 

Choosing Between Carpet and Hardwood Floors for Your Home

Many people would agree that hardwood floors have a slight advantage over carpeting. But, in the end, it comes down to personal preference and what's right for your budget and home.

 

Still not sure what you're looking for? The flooring specialists at Maple Leaf Flooring have extensive knowledge and will help you every step of the way. Visit our showroom in Calgary NE, or give us a call today!

 

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