A lot of home renovation trends include replacing carpet for hardwood flooring. You see it all the time in bedroom decor pins on Pinterest and home remodeling websites. But it can be a tricky decision to decide between carpet and hardwood. There are a lot of factors that can affect your decision on what kind of flooring you want in your home; including budget or cost, ease of installation and upkeep, quality, and even the people living who use and live in your home.
Budgeting For Flooring
Cost of living has risen significantly in the U.S. over the past couple of months. Budgeting and cost can play a huge role in determining what type of flooring you want in your home.
Carpet: $3-$5 per square foot
Cheapest: Olefin, Polyester, Nylon
Most expensive: Wool
Hardwood: $8-$12 per square foot
Cheapest: Bamboo, Maple, Oak
Most expensive: Brazilian walnut, Mahogany
The prices varies by a couple of dollars per square foot depending on what type you go with. That can add up to quite a bit in the end, however. So it’s good to try and get an estimate from providers for both types of flooring before moving forward with your decision.
Cost Is Important, But So Is Durability
Budget is important when deciding, but how long will each flooring type last?
Carpet: Needs replacing every 5-15 years
Hardwood: Lasts for over 50 years
Since hardwood lasts so long, that’s something to consider when choosing a new flooring.
Which Upkeep is Easier?
Cost of Maintenance:
Carpet: Repairs cost an average $200
Hardwood: Many repairs can be done yourself through sanding and refinishing
Carpet: Easy to clean; dirt is less visible; stains may be difficult to remove
Hardwood: Easy to clean; dirt is more visible/harder to hide: most surfaces do not stain easily
Hardwood typically has the best resale value in today’s housing market, so if you’re looking to sell your home, hardwood flooring might be the best bet. However, a new carpet could also do the trick. A deep cleaning will also help to revitalize your flooring if you are selling.
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