If you’re buying or selling a home, chances are you’ve wondered which is better? Carpet, hardwood, or some other flooring? Let’s explore some of the pros & cons of your different home flooring choices!
Which is better for my needs?
Hardwood and carpet are about as opposite of flooring choices as you can imagine, so what it really boils down to is your personal tastes, needs and of course, your budget.
Nowadays, a big selling feature of a home is that there is hardwood in the main living spaces (if not everywhere). Carpet-free homes are considered by some to be more “luxurious” as they are clean, classic, and don’t trap the dust and allergens the same way carpet does. This can be very attractive to prospective buyers!
However, putting in hardwood floors is certainly more expensive than carpet. So if you’re freshening up your home and renovating it for a future sale, perhaps hardwood in the main living spaces only would be more reasonably priced upgrade to consider.
Remember: hardwood floors come in many different styles; from exotic woods to engineered products. But no matter what you choose, true hardwood is susceptible to dings and gouges from time to time. If you’re buying a home, consider your family’s use. If you have dogs with claws, or small kids that may drop toys and hard items on the floor, hardwood may not be as durable as you’re hoping for. Which is why you might want to consider…….
Similar to hardwood flooring, laminate floors are another hard surface floor that make it easy to clean spills with just a damp cloth. Usually formed from man-made MDF wood and covered with a “laminate” wood layer (think: a ‘picture’ of wood stamped onto the top layer), these floors are extremely durable. They will stand up to a lot of hard wear like pets and children and might be the perfect fit for your family. They’re also better for basements where they will be installed over cold & damp concrete floors.
As with all things, you get what you pay for. Laminate flooring is usually priced much lower than real hardwood floors. But some buyers may find that lower-end laminates look “cheap” and shy away from the home for sale. Whereas higher-end laminates look quite realistic to hardwood flooring. If you’re thinking of installing laminate, check out a variety of price-points and compare the differences. This might be a great alternative to real hardwood!
Generally carpet is considered the least expensive flooring because it is quick & easy to install. It also is sometimes preferred in places like bedrooms and basements as it offers warmth and comfort under foot in these areas. Remember when purchasing carpet to also consider a high-quality underpad. Your feet will feel the difference with every step you take!
As mentioned before, carpet can be a trap for dust and allergens, so if you haven’t done it in a while, now is a great time to hire a professional carpet cleaner and get them freshened up! Potential buyers will love the effort and you’d be surprised at how great they come up after a good cleaning.
Believe it or not, there was a time when people carpeted their bathrooms. Yuck! Nowadays, the standard tile tends to be ceramic or porcelain or vinyl. These are great for front foyers, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as laundry rooms and basement storage areas. They’re quick to clean up and extremely durable. Keep in mind tiled flooring also feels a little colder under foot and can make a room sound like it has an “echo”.
Of course, if you’re buying a home you may dream of something more high-end like marble, but be sure to consider how durable these exotic stone surfaces are. Some are susceptible to staining if not properly maintained.