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Carpet vs. Hardwood Floors: Pros and Cons

When most people move into a new home, they want to immediately change the flooring. It is rare to find a home with carpeting that is perfect for your needs, or floors that are in perfect shape.

One of the most common questions new homeowners face is whether to install carpet or go with hardwood floors. Each has its own attraction and each has its own downsides.

Benefits of Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is a natural and classic approach to interior design which never seems to go out of style. It has many benefits, including that it is longer-lasting. When it begins to scuff or scratch, it can always be refinished.


If your family is very active or you have pets, it can help to hide wear and tear. It is renewable, sustainable and green. If anyone in your home has allergies, you could not ask for a more hypoallergenic material.

Drawbacks of Hardwood

Hardwood is difficult and complex to install when compared to carpet. It must be secured into place using glue, nails or something similar. It can be very hard on your feet.


Hardwood is often combined with area rugs to provide not only padding, but to place under furniture to avoid expensive gouges in the material. Finally, hardwood does not help with insulation; this can result in a colder home or higher heating bills.

Benefits of Carpet

Carpet is an easy and quick to install. It requires only an empty room and cutting tools to lay it. While some carpeting is glued or nailed down, this is rarely a necessary step.


If carpeting is well-cared for, it can last a long time. Carpets come in a wide variety of patterns, textures and colors to match any sense of aesthetics or taste. It also provides padding that makes it easier on your feet and helps keep your home warm in the colder months.


Green carpeting options exist now, which do not exude volatile organic compounds into the air. Some carpeting is made with recycled materials. In this sense, carpeting can be as green as, if not more than, hardwood. Hardwoods are often varnished or stained using materials that are not environmentally friendly.

Drawbacks of Carpet

Carpet requires more care than hardwood. You will need to steam clean the carpet at least annually and vacuum weekly, to keep it in tip top shape. It will stain and show wear and tear far more quickly than hardwood.


Both carpet and hardwood carry many benefits and drawbacks. In the end, you must choose which material is right for your wants and needs.


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