Deciding whether you want the old world charm of a hardwood floor or the cozy warmth off wall to wall carpet is not that difficult once you know the significant differences. The main things to take into consideration are your budget, durability and maintenance, and of course your personal design style and comfort.
Hardwood floors generally cost 45 percent more to purchase and install than carpet, depending on the wood you choose. Then, you need to figure in that you will be refinishing the floors every 5 to 10 years.
Carpet is almost half the cost of hardwood flooring. Again, this depends on the material you choose. However, your carpet might need to be replaced every 10 years. In the long run, carpet and hardwood may end up costing the same because of how often carpet needs to be replaced.
Durability and Maintenance
Hardwood is very durable and easy to care for. A good hardwood floor that is properly installed can last decades. Periodic cleaning with a dry or damp mop is recommended. Polishing with an all natural wood cleaner will keep it protected and looking clean. Hardwood floors are generally allergy free if kept clean.
Carpet needs to be vacuumed often to maintain the fibers and to keep household allergens to a minimum. It is recommended to have carpets professionally steam cleaned once or twice a year to restore the fibers and remove odors, dirt, stains, and dust mites. Carpet will not last decades.
Aesthetics and Comfort
It is hard to not to agree that a nice hardwood floor will be a stunning addition to your home. While beautiful and timeless, hardwood floors can feel cold during our long winters. They can also be a tad noisy. You can always use an area rug to help with both comfort and noise.
The advantage to carpet is how comfortable it is underfoot. It also helps to maintain warmth in a room and cuts down on the noise. The sky is the limit on colour options, patterns, and weave or pile.
The decision is really yours to make. However, you might want to enlist the help of qualified professionals to steer you in the right direction. It makes sense to visit a local flooring showroom to get some ideas. Then, speak with an experienced renovation contractor to get some help with finalizing your budget, timeline, and a plan to do the actual work.