Carpet vs. Wood: What’s Best for Your Home?

Carpet vs. Wood: What's Best For Your Home?

14th January 2015

Choosing the right floor is one of the most important decisions a homeowner can make. With more flooring options than ever before on the market, you may well feel overwhelmed by the amount of choice available to you. One major issue that people often struggle with is deciding whether they would prefer carpet or hardwood flooring in their home.

Probably the two most popular types of flooring, carpet and wood each have their own loyal proponents. Some say you just can’t beat the feeling of soft carpeting underfoot, while others crave the classic natural beauty of hardwood floors. When choosing flooring, it’s crucial to take into account not only aesthetics but also practical considerations about what will fit in with your lifestyle. It’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of each type of flooring before making a decision that you will live with for years to come.

The Case for Carpet

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One of the main reasons that people choose carpeting is for comfort. Carpet is soft and cushioned, making it more comfortable to walk on than hardwood flooring. It’s also much warmer, especially on a cold winter morning! Carpet actually acts as an insulator, helping to keep warmth within the house which in turn can help you to save money on your heating bills.

Families with young children may consider carpeting a safer option than wood flooring. Its padded surface is a lot more forgiving if you take a tumble and provides a cushion that can help to prevent falling objects from breaking.

Thanks to its insulating properties, carpet is also a lot quieter than hardwood floors, which can begin to creak. People often complain that you can hear every footstep from the floor above you in a house with wooden flooring. With carpet, noise cannot easily travel between floors.

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Why Choose Wood?

Wood flooring offers a timeless aesthetic appeal that will suit most interior design schemes. Natural hardwood flooring is an elegant and impressive addition to any home. What’s more, while it is generally considered a more expensive choice, properly installed and maintained wooden flooring can last a lifetime - making it a better investment in the long run. Hardwood floors can even add significant value to your property!

Wood can often be a more hygienic choice than carpet, as dirt only gets on the surface and can easily be wiped clean. It is an especially good choice for people who suffer from allergies, as it doesn't retain dust and micro-organisms like carpet fibres can.

Making Your Decision

There are numerous pros and cons involved with both carpet and wood flooring, so your choice should ultimately depend on your lifestyle, taste and budget. Think carefully about the considerations involved, like maintenance, comfort, affordability, hygiene, durability and safety, before making your decision. Of course, if you need any assistance, you can always come to the flooring specialists at Serino for honest and balanced advice about the best flooring options for you.


Serino Woods & Floors in Bedford

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