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Carpet vs. Hardwood Flooring

1791724 wooden floor 040214 1538If you’re planning on building or remodeling your home, one major decision you must make is whether you want to install carpet or hardwood flooring.

 

While you may think price is the only factor to consider before making a decision, you should also consider such factors as durability, ease of cleaning, and aesthetic appeal. Here is a brief overview of the pros and cons of both carpet and hardwood flooring:

 

Carpet

 

Carpet is an inexpensive and classic option for any home. It’s soft, comfortable, and retains heat well on chilly mornings. Studies have shown that standing bare foot on carpet for at least 15 minutes a day is linked to reduced stress. It is also a wonderful option if you have children since they are not at risk for slipping; however, stains are much more prominent on carpet and it must be treated and maintained carefully. It is also worth noting that if you have pets, carpet can be problematic if you also have allergy-prone members in your household. Dander, pet hair, dust, and debris are all easily harbored in carpet flooring.

 

Hardwood Flooring

 

When it comes to carpet vs. hardwood flooring, most homeowners will agree that hardwood has a much more elegant and sophisticated appearance. Not only is it more aesthetically appealing, but it is also easier to maintain and less prone to staining. If you or your family members are sensitive to allergens, hardwood is the best choice since its smooth and solid surface cannot harbor microorganisms that cause allergies.

 

Hardwood flooring is generally more durable and can easily be refinished in cases of damage. Its versatility appeals to many homeowners, and it can personalized and styled with rugs and other home décor. Its timeless appearance makes it a wonderful choice for your home.

 

Some cons to consider include the higher price of hardwood flooring over carpet, and if you have children, you must also take safety precautions to ensure that they do not slip while running or playing. Over time, the floorboards may also begin to creak, but this can easily be repaired by the professionals at Punch Out Plus in Columbus, OH. From installations to repairs, their highly skilled staff is ready to help you with all your flooring needs.

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