Carpeting accounts for more than 50% of flooring sales, but is it always the best choice? How does hardwood flooring stack up against carpet? When viewed head to head, a lot of great arguments can be made for going with hardwood flooring, click here for the pros and cons of hardwood flooring when compared against all the other main flooring options.
For now here are the key advantages of hardwood flooring vs carpet.
Hardwood Flooring Lasts Longer than Carpet
Quality carpet flooring will last 8-15 years with consistent cleaning and care. Solid hardwood flooring may last 100 years and engineered hardwood flooring can last up to 75 years. You must replace carpeting when it is worn. Most hardwood flooring can be refinished many times over during its lifespan, growing in character and beauty during that time.
As an added benefit, the cost of a hardwood floor over its lifetime is less than the aggregate costs of replacing and maintaining carpeting during the same time period.
Hardwood Flooring is Easier to Clean than Carpet
Hardwood floor cleaning consists of a damp mop and a hardwood floor cleaning kit and these are all you need to keep your hardwood floors clean and free of dust, dirt, pet hair and other debris.
On the other hand, carpeting requires consistent vacuuming and periodic cleaning using a hot water extraction method. It takes more work – and it is more costly – to keep carpet clean compared with hardwood flooring.
Carpet will never look as good as it does the day it is installed, no matter how well you care for it. Hardwood flooring can maintain its “like new” appearance for years. Refinishing it brings back that “like new” look again and again.
You don’t need to break the bank for a decent carpet vacuum cleaner. Click here for our review of the best vacuums under $100.
Hardwood Floors are Better for Allergy Sufferers
When you damp-mop your hardwood floors regularly, the dust, dust mites, pet dander and other allergens are easily removed. Carpet harbors these allergens, and they can be inhaled if you sit down or lay on the floor. If your vacuum doesn’t have a quality HEPA filter, they can be blown into the room every time you turn on the machine.
Carpet manufacturers are working to improve the health ratings of their products, take a look at our review of hypoallergenic carpets to learn more.
Hardwood Floors are Better for IAQ than Carpeting
IAQ stands for indoor air quality. Carpeting is made with many harmful chemicals that are released after the material is unrolled and installed. This release is called off-gassing. It is worst in the first week, but it can go on for years. There is no corresponding danger with hardwood flooring.
Hardwood Floors are Greener than Carpeting
Hardwoods are a more eco-friendly flooring choice because they are made from natural, renewable products. Vinyl carpet is 100% synthetic. Hardwood flooring can be recycled. The vast majority of carpeting enters the waste stream. Not surprisingly, 2% of landfill waste is carpeting.
If you’re comparing hardwood floors to other flooring types, these advantages of hardwood flooring over carpeting will help you make your decision.
Places You Can Learn About Hardwood Flooring Types and Reviews
- Flooring Brands Review – Informative blog that offers reviews and comparisons for carpeting, hardwood flooring, laminate and vinyl flooring.
- Contempo Floor Coverings, Inc. – A leading Los Angeles provider for floors like solid hardwoods, engineered wood floors, and green floor materials like woven bamboo and floating cork floors.
- Treehugger – Find out more about sustainable and eco friendly wood floor types
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