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Benefits of Carpet vs Hardwood Flooring

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Benefits of Carpet vs Hardwood Flooring

When it comes to what you put in your home, there are so many choices for today’s consumer! Whether it comes to paint color or cabinet fixtures or even windows and doors, the amount of choices there are out there can be overwhelming.


According to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, people are remodeling their homes like never before. The research group predicts that home improvement activity is expected to pick up this year after taking a hit during the recent economic downturn.


So, given that so many people will be doing work on their homes, and that they will surely be wrestling with their options, this Redbeacon guide is here to help. Sometimes it helps to narrow things down by doing a compare and contrast. That’s just what we are going to do with flooring options: wood floors versus carpet.

    Wood and Carpet are both great options for your home. It’s up to you to determine your aesthetic desires and your budget to figure out the perfect fit for you.
  1. 1.Wood is Easy to Clean

    When dealing with carpet, you have to evaluate what kind of stain it is, what kind of cleaning solution would be best for that particular stain and still make sure you’re not using something that could be harmful to the carpet. Not so with wood floors. Wood floors don’t absorb a stain like carpet does, so you can usually just wipe up the mess with something damp to clean it up and move on with your life. They are a great option for people with small children or pets.

  2. 2.Carpet can Minimize Slips and Falls

    However, if you are accident prone, have fragile bones or are elderly, carpets may be a better fit for your life. The cushions provide a softer padding if you fall. Also, the rough texture of carpet makes it less likely you will fall in the first place.

  3. 3.Wood is Timeless

    While you may regret that lime green carpet you chose for the baby’s room, it’s less likely you’ll get tired of a classic wood floor. A timeless, wood-toned gleam will never go out of style. All you need is a good protective coating and regular tender, loving, care, and your wood floors will be beautiful for years and years to come.

  4. 4.Carpet is Less Expensive

    Because wood is a natural resource, and since it is experiencing a surge in popularity, it is a more costly investment. According to a study cited by the Carpet and Rug Institute, a survey of commercial buildings that had maintenance programs for hard surfaces and carpet showed that carpet cost less to maintain. “The study found that hard surface floors require two and one-half times more cleaning time than carpet, and cleaning supplies were about seven times more expensive,” the group reported.

  5. 5.Wood Lasts Longer

    Carpet can fade, stain and generally look run down. However, with proper care, wood can look pretty much the same forever. According the the National Association of Home Builders, wood floors can last hundreds of years, so they don’t need to be replaced as often as other flooring options.

  6. 6.Carpet Can Improve Air Quality

    Gravity can pull household particles like dust, pollen and dander to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles, meaning they stay there and not in your nose and lungs. Get rid of them for good by using a quality vacuum on a regular basis.


    So, what’s the verdict? It’s a tie! Wood and Carpet are both great options for your home. It’s up to you to determine your aesthetic desires and your budget to figure out the perfect fit for you and your family.

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