Carpet vs. Hardwood
The floors in your home are the first thing you touch your toes on in the morning are quite often a unifier for your home; tying everything together. Whether you prefer the soft plush feel carpet offers or the clean, fresh look of hardwood, choosing a floor for your home is one of the most important, and difficult, decisions you as a homeowner will make.
It is not that one is necessarily better than the other, but rather that some prefer carpet and others prefer hardwood. Regardless of your choice, a case can be made for each. So if you are having a hard time deciding what kind of flooring you should upgrade to, here are some pros and cons of both to help you decide what is right for you.
Overall, for the most part, carpet is a cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring. So if budget is an issue you can expect carpet to start somewhere around $3 – $5/square foot, installed including under pad. Carpet can also stay nice and clean with regular weekly vacuuming and an annual steam clean. Another bonus to carpet is that is hides dirt much easier than hardwoods, and therefore will require less frequent cleaning.
Carpet is also quieter in the home, so if you have pets or young children who generally enjoy causing chaos and running around your home, carpets will buffer this noise better than wood for other floors. Further, carpet is warmer in the winter so you can still feel cozy when the temperature drops below zero outside.