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Carpet vs. Hardwood Flooring: How To Decide

Jul 14, 2021 | Carpet Cleaning, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 Costs

Carpet: $3-$5 per square foot

Cheapest: Olefin, Polyester, Nylon

Most expensive: Wool

Hardwood Costs

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


Regular cleaning can make a huge difference. Remember that Nova Clean Chem-Dry can help arm both types of flooring against dirt and grime with regular deep carpet cleanings and hardwood cleanings!

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

Resale Value

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.


About Nova Clean Chem-Dry

Nova Clean Chem-Dry is locally owned and operated in Chicago, IL. We service Long Grove, Naperville, Park Ridge, and the surrounding areas. Check out our coupons page to get some great deals on carpet cleaning!


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