The Advantages and Disadvantages of Wood Flooring versus Carpeting
By Mark J. Donovan
||Deciding upon the type of flooring to install in a home or room frequently boils down to wood flooring or carpeting. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Wood Flooring Advantages
Wood flooring provides old world charm and typically is valued more by future homebuyers. There are also many different types of wood flooring materials to choose from. Wood flooring versus carpeting is typically easier to keep clean and there is less dust. Wood flooring is the preferred choice for people with airborne allergies.
Wood flooring is commonly installed by flooring installation professionals. Moderately skilled do it yourself homeowners, however, can install wood flooring, and even novice do it yourself homeowners can install some of the new snap and click wood laminate flooring products.
Wood Flooring Disadvantages
Wood flooring typically costs more from both a materials and installation standpoint. Wood flooring can also be cold on the feet, so frequently you find homeowners placing large throw rugs over the wood floors, which adds to the overall cost of the finished floors. Wood flooring is also susceptible to scratches, and consequently wood floors need to be refinished every 10 years or so.
Carpet Flooring Disadvantages
Carpeting however has its own disadvantages. Carpeting, unlike wood flooring, is highly susceptible to staining. Carpet floors also easily retain dust and can harbor dust mites.
So before making the wood flooring vs carpeting decision consider the flooring application, the rest of the interior design of your home or room, your budget, and your interest and abilities in installing your own flooring. Once you can answer these questions the carpeting vs wood flooring decision becomes much easier to make.
For help on finding a wood flooring installation contractor, see HomeAdditionPlus.com’s Wood Flooring Installation Bid Sheet. It will help ensure that you find and hire the right flooring installation contractor for your wood flooring project. In addition, it will help to ensure that your wood floor installation is completed on time and on budget.
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