Choosing the flooring in your home is one of the most important decisions important decisions you’ll make as a homeowner. Although a variety of flooring options are available, carpeting and wood are two of the most popular choices. Comparing the pros and cons of these two flooring options will help you make the right selection for your home.
Carpeting provides a number of benefits that homeowners everywhere will appreciate.
First, carpet is available in a range of textures, colors, and fibers, meaning you’ll be able to choose carpeting that matches your exact tastes. Installing carpet is also much less expensive than other flooring materials. Carpet can help your home stay quieter because it absorbs sound, and carpet on your floors also feels very comfortable underfoot. Finally, carpet can be installed relatively easily.
Longevity is the biggest benefit of wood flooring. Wood floors are durable and can last decades without much maintenance. Damaged wood floors can be refinished easily. Several species of wood can be used for wood flooring, and a range of styles and colors is available. You can also use most types of wood floors with a radiant heating system.
On the downside, installing wood floors is more difficult than other flooring types and material costs for wood are usually much higher than other types of flooring. Wood floors are much harder underfoot and feel cool to the touch, so they may be less comfortable. Unlike carpeting, wood floors do not provide any heat or sound insulation. Wood floors can also be easily damaged by exposure to sunlight and moisture.