Benefits of Hardwood and Engineered Flooring vs. Traditional Carpeting

One of the biggest questions people encounter when choosing the floor

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One of the biggest questions people encounter when choosing the flooring for their homes is to either go with hardwood or carpeting. There are pros and cons to both, however, if you are going to be staying in your house for a while or intend to sell it, hardwood might be the better option. Traditional hardwood usually cannot be installed in every room of your house. The good news is that advances in engineered hardwood can now allow you to have wood flooring in most rooms where traditional hardwood can’t be installed. With the popularity of hardwood at an all-time high, now might be the perfect time to switch from carpet to wood flooring.

Appearance

When it comes to traditional hardwood or engineered wood flooring, the appearance of real wood is a big benefit over the carpet. The neutral look of wood flooring allows for multiple options. When decorating a room with carpeting, you are limited. You can’t change the color of your carpet and this color often dictates how you can decorate your room. With wood, even if the color doesn’t match the idea of what you want your room to look like, you can either re-sand it and change the color or simply add an area rug.

Maintenance

Both hardwood and engineered flooring are easier to maintain than carpet. A minor spill or accident can greatly damage your carpet, whereas that same spill can easily be whipped up off your hardwood floors. Also, you will never have to worry about hiring someone to clean your carpets or need to rent a carpet cleaning machine to do it yourself. With wood floors, you can simply sweep or vacuum the floor. You can also use a floor cleaner and polish once a month to protect your finish and make your wood shine.

Hardwood flooring also lasts much longer than the carpet, because it can be easily replaced. Unlike carpet, once damaged or worn, you must replace your entire carpet which may not make much financial sense. Unlike carpet, you can sand and refinish your wood multiple times without having to replace it.

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Health

Carpeting is known to be a magnet for large quantities of allergens and can potentially cause allergic reactions. With wood flooring, you can maintain and clean your floor much easier than carpet. To care for your floorboards you can sweep or vacuum on a regular basis.

Carpets can also be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Water and liquids sink into the carpet and can be trapped between the fibers without being noticed. This trapped water can then allow for bacteria to grow, and for germs to flourish. You don’t have this issue with hardwood and it’s not difficult to see if your hardwood has water or dirt on it. If it does, you just simply dry it off or use a disinfectant wipe to kill the germs and bacteria.

Value

One of the main reasons why people choose to install a carpet instead of traditional or engineered hardwood is the higher cost of wood flooring. Hardwood floors cost anywhere from $8 to $13 per installed square foot. Carpet is usually between $3 to $6 per installed square foot. The upfront cost of installing traditional or engineered wood floors is higher than the carpet, however, hardwood floors add more value to your home. You will earn more than the difference back between the installation costs of carpet and hardwood when you sell your home.

Comfort

Most people don’t realize how good of an insulator wood flooring makes. Traditional and engineered wood flooring retains heat better than other types of flooring. And if you are missing the softness of carpet, it is easy to place an area rug over your hardwood.

Easier to Rent or Sell

Because of their look, traditional and engineered hardwood flooring are more appealing than carpet to renters and home buyers. In fact, studies show that homes with hardwood flooring sell faster than similar homes with other types of flooring.

Why  Choose Hardwood and Engineered Flooring Over Carpet?

There are numerous reasons to install traditional or engineered hardwood flooring over carpet. The look, health benefits, and ease of maintenance, when compared to carpet, are the main reasons why hardwood is a better option for flooring. Carpet cost less than hardwood flooring, however, the resale value of your home and the increase in speed at which you can sell your home will more than make up for the difference in initial costs.

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8 Comments

  1. Kalia Floors

    Great content. You have written such an awesome blog. You shared great information with us about the benefits of hardwood and engineered flooring vs traditional carpeting. Thanks for sharing this informative post.

  2. Billy

    This collection looks beautiful! Loving the length and width of these hardwood floor panels. Would love to see these in my next home!

  3. Thomas Westgren

    It makes a lot of sense how you said that wood flooring will add a lot of value to your home even though it costs a bit more. We’ve been trying to make our house a little more valuable because we are thinking that we will probably move within the next few years. Hopefully, we can find some flooring that will look tasteful and also help to add a bit of value.

    1. Customer Service - ADM

      Thank you for the comment! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions and our flooring experts would be happy to help. We highly recommend requesting a few entirely free samples, shipped directly to your door, so you can get a true feel for the high quality and diverse colors of our products.

  4. Eli Richardson

    It’s fascinating to know that hardwood floors prevent allergies because there are no fibers on wood. My sister and her son are both asthmatics, and they need to replace their carpet. I will pass her the advice and to consider wood floors and to install them when possible.

  5. Eli Richardson

    My brother needs to replace his carpet because it is causing allergies to his kids. It’s fantastic you elaborated on hardwood floors being perfect to reduce allergies. He will be thrilled to have wood floors to increase his property’s value as well.

  6. Brad Erwin

    Thanks for mentioning that hardwood is easier to maintain than carpet because things like spills can be easily cleaned if they occur on wood flooring. My brother just moved into a new home last month and is looking to replace all the flooring in the home. I will be sure to recommend he invest in hardwood flooring because he has young children and accidents are bound to happen.

  7. Oscar Morrison

    I appreciate the reminder that hardwood takes less maintenance and can last much longer than carpet. We’re renovating our living room and want to make sure it lasts a long time. Hardwood might be a more long-lasting option that we should look into.

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