Given that we’ve been offering both professional carpet cleaning and hardwood floor cleaning services for years, we’re often asked by homeowners which option we think is the best choice overall for a home. The rather boring answer we so often give is “it depends.” And it really does. It depends on who lives in the home (kids, pets etc), which room it’s for, your aesthetic preferences, and so on. There’s simply no straightforward, uniform answer to the question, which is why we wanted to put together this article to objectively look at both the pros and cons for each type of flooring. We hope our customers in Boulder, Westminster, Broomfield, Arvada and beyond find this useful!
The Argument for Carpet: A Rundown of Its Pros
Carpeting and hardwood floors are two of the most common types of floors you’ll find in homes across America, but they couldn’t be more different. Here are some of the things that carpet has going for it.
- It’s Affordable – There’s no getting away from the fact that cost is a factor in the decision for most people, and there’s no comparison here. Carpet is much cheaper. On average it’s nearly 3 times cheaper.
- It’s “Homely” – This is somewhat subjective, but most people think that carpet gives a house a more “homely” feel that hardwood can’t replicate. It’s soft underfoot and makes for a warmer, cozier home environment.
- Less Noise – Our homes are our sanctuaries from the world. Places to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And carpet lends itself to that idea as it absorbs sound and helps to create a quieter, more relaxed interior.
- Great Versatility – With carpet, you have almost infinite options compared to hardwood floors. There's all manner of colors, patterns and textures, so you're sure to find one that fits in with the rest of the room's aesthetic.
- Quick and Easy to Install – With flooring, the ease with which it can be installed has a big impact on the overall cost. And carpet is one of the easiest and fastest types of flooring that you can have fitted in your home.
The “Not So Good” Things About Carpet
We’ve sung its praises and now we’re going to point out a few drawbacks of carpet. During our time offering carpet cleaning, carpet repair, carpet stretching, and numerous other related services, we've seen enough carpets to pick up on all of the common complaints.
- Regular Maintenance a Must – If you're looking for a low-maintenance solution, carpeting is not it. Trust us when we say that when carpeting is neglected, it can become a health hazard. At a bare minimum, you'll need to vacuum a couple of times per week, and booking an annual professional carpet cleaning is advisable.
- It Doesn’t Last as Long – A good hardwood floor will last you a lifetime if you look after it. You can't say the same for carpet. On average they need to be changed every 10 years or so. That means while they're cheaper upfront, given that they need to be changed more frequently, the ongoing cost is higher vs hardwood flooring. Something to think about.
- Stains are an Issue – If you drop something on a carpet, it often isn't a 2-second job to clean it up. In fact, lots of common household spills can result in unsightly stains that require carpet shampooing, and even then they might not come out completely. This means that carpets are not very well suited to kitchens (nor bathrooms due to the dampness).
What’s to Love About Hardwood Flooring?
A lot is the short answer. A hardwood floor is right up there with the most preferred floor choices in the country. Here are some of the main reasons why:
- Improve Any Room’s Appearance – Adding a hardwood floor to virtually any room, no matter what the rest of the décor looks like, will instantly “level up” its appearance. And if the rest of the room’s design is done in a way that complements it, your home becomes a showstopper!
- Adds Value to Your Home – I wasn’t kidding when I said that hardwood floors are incredibly desirable. This is reflected in the fact that a home that boasts hardwood floors will often be valued higher by real estate agents than a home with carpets. They know that people are willing to pay a premium.
- Efficient to Clean – This is even more true if you have pets or young children. Whereas maintaining a carpet can quickly become a real chore, mess on a hardwood floor can be swept up and disposed of in a matter of seconds.
- The Healthier Choice – This might not be something you had considered when thinking of flooring options, but homes with hardwood floors have better air quality than those with carpets. That's because dust particles, pet dander, and dirt are not trapped like they are with carpet, which is quite gross when you think about it.
Anything Not to Like About Hardwood Flooring?
Of course! Everything has its pros and its cons, and hardwood floors are no different. Here are the main drawbacks of hardwood floors.
- It’s Expensive – This is honestly the main one. The upfront cost is considerably more than it would be if you opted for carpet or floor tiles instead. It’s an investment that will pay you back in the long term, but there’s no getting away from the fact that you’ll need to stump up more cash in the short term.
- Scratching is an Issue – It’s not so much staining that you have to worry about with hardwood floors as scratching. If any dirt and grit makes its way into the home, it’s important that it is clear up, otherwise it can lead to ugly-looking scratches.
- A Noisier Option – Hardwood floors reflect rather than absorb sound (like carpet does), which means that you’ll hear anyone wearing shoes coming well before you see them. You can use rugs to minimize this though.
So there you have it. There’s a lot to like about both options. It really comes down to what you’re trying to achieve. Whatever you decide to have installed, our floor cleaning team is always available to help with both professional carpet cleaning and hardwood cleaning to ensure your floors are maintained in the best condition possible.