Which is better, carpet or hardwood?

If you are thinking about remodeling your home, you're probably wondering if carpet or hardwood would be a better way to go. This is an important decision to make, since it will affect the appearance of your home, the feel of your home, and ultimately the value of your home when you try to sell it (if you ever do). So, which is better, carpet or hardwood?

Ultimately, when you're trying to decide between carpet and hardwood, the better decision and the better choice is whichever fits your needs the best. However, let's go over some of the pros and some of the cons of each option so that you can decide which one you really do want.

Hardwood floors

Hardwood floors look classy. There's no other way to put it. Hardwood floors look timeless and sophisticated. Hardwood floors have become even more popular over the last few years. A number of different woods and products are now offered, including bamboo floors and cork floors.

What else is good about hardwood floors?
 hardwood floors are easier to clean than carpet
 hardwood floors are easier to keep clean than carpet
 hardwood floors look warmer and more homelike
 hardwood floors are considered to be a better investment
 hardwood floors can protect against allergic reactions

So what are some of the cons of hardwood floors? Well, with everything, there are several cons when it comes to hardwood flooring.
 hardwood floors can be difficult to maintain. You will have to spend a lot of time refinishing them and restaining them so that they continue to look good.
 hardwood floors can be just that--hard. In a kitchen, where you have to stand a lot of the time, this can be hard on your feet. However, hardwood floors are definitely softer than tile or marble.
 hardwood floors can be easily ruined by just one scrape of the couch across the floor.
 hardwood floors can be extremely expensive to install and to maintain.
 hardwood floors can be loud, since they don't absorb sound particularly well.

There is, of course, another option when it comes to hardwood floors. If you want the beautiful look of hardwood floors, but you want the cleaning convenience and the strength and durability of something else, try the more and more popular laminate floors. These floors look beautiful and last for years and years. Laminate floors are thus perfect for children's rooms, for your kitchen (laminate is much easier on your feet), and for other rooms in your home. There are innumerable options when it comes to laminate, so that you can find the perfect look for your home.

So what about carpet? Here are some of the pros.
 carpet is less expensive
 carpet can be a way to hide potential stains and messes
 carpet is soft to walk on and is nice for weary feet and legs
 carpet absorbs noises

So what about the cons of carpet?
 carpet gets dirty easily.
 carpet is difficult and expensive to clean
 carpet can stain in a way that it's impossible to get the mark out
 carpet traps dust and pollen, making carpet a bad choice for anyone with allergies
 when you get your carpets cleaned, the carpet actually holds a lot of that dirty water

Ultimately, the decision depends on what your situation is, what your budget is, and what kind of look you want. For more information on different flooring brands and different flooring options, from tile to bamboo to carpet to hardwood to laminate, check out FloorFacts.com, where you can find a Consumer Flooring Guide that will give you information on all of the possible flooring options available to you today.

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