Every home is different, and there are a lot of factors that can affect your decision on what kind of flooring is best for your home, including your budget, ease of installation and upkeep, quality, and who lives in your home.
To help you out, we’ve broken down a few things you might want to consider so you can choose the best flooring for both your home and your family.
If budget is your main concern, here’s what you need to know:
Carpet: $3-$5 per square foot
Cheapest: Olefin, Polyester, Nylon
Most expensive: Wool
Hardwood: $8-$12 per square foot
Cheapest: Bamboo, Maple, Oak
Most expensive: Brazilian walnut, Mahogany
It is important to consider the initial cost of installation, but each option has maintenance costs.
Carpet: Repairs cost an average of $200
Hardwood: Many repairs can be done yourself through sanding and refinishing
You’ll also want to think about how long each option will last.
Carpet: Needs replacing every 5-15 years
Hardwood: Lasts for over 50 years
Everyday cleaning makes a difference. Remember that Revive Chem-Dry can help arm both types of flooring against dirt and grime with regular deep cleanings!
Carpet: Easy to clean; dirt is less visible; stains may be difficult to remove
Hardwood: Easy to clean; dirt is more visible/harder to hide: most surfaces do not stain easily
Hardwood typically has the best resale value in today’s housing market, so if you’re looking to sell your home hardwood flooring might be the best bet. However, a new carpet could also do the trick. A deep cleaning will also help to revitalize your flooring if you are selling. USA Today found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for hardwood floors!
6. Who Lives in Your Home
Do you have kids or pets? Carpets are naturally the best option for babies and young children, as they are softer. The best carpet for babies would either be wool for its softness or nylon for its stain resistance. For homes with pets, nylon is the best option because it is more stain-resistant and durable. Wood floors are more stain-resistant, but they are also susceptible to scratches from pets and kids.