It can be a tough call: keep your soft, quiet carpet, or tear it up in favor of a gleaming hardwood floor? It’s a decision many homeowners are thinking about, and more often than not, they’re choosing hardwood floors. What makes hardwood floors so popular, and what do they have over carpets?
- Hardwood is Always in Season.
Hardwood floors never seem to go out of style. Not only do they look great, but they hold up well under everyday wear and tear. They also do wonders for the resale value of your home: houses with hardwood floors not only sell faster, but they often sell for more money. Stylish, sturdy, and easy to maintain, hardwood is a residential flooring favorite, and it looks like it’ll stay that way for a while.
- Hardwood Floors Are a Great Investment.
Detractors will point to the cost and time-consuming nature of installation as reasons to bypass hardwood. It’s true that having hardwood floors installed is labor-intensive, and the materials you use will certainly influence the price. However, part of what makes hardwood floors so popular is that they’re a great investment.
Carpets need care. There’s nothing wrong with that, but for busy families, there may not always be enough time to give carpets the vacuuming and cleaning they need to look their best. This gets even more challenging with pets involved. We adore our pets, but keeping carpets free from stains, odors, and pet hair takes work that we aren’t always able to put in.
Hardwood needs significantly less care. It’s easier to clean and maintain, and it doesn’t need as much routine maintenance as carpeting. Though it may take a bit more time and effort to install, working with a trusted flooring expert can help expedite the process, making hardwood floors a lasting investment you and your family can enjoy for years to come.
- Hardwood is Wildly Versatile.
It’s not just about being easier to clean. You can do a lot with your hardwood floors, and you just don’t have the same range of options with carpeting. With carpets, you need to be happy with what you have installed. If you want a change, you have to tear it out and start again. With hardwood, you have a lot more room to experiment.
This can mean adding a new stain or coat of paint. Stains can add depth or shine, and a coat of paint can revitalize your living space. A new color can make a room seem larger or smaller, lighter or darker. You can play with the character of your room without having to go through the installation process all over again.
And if you want the best of both worlds, you can always put down an area rug to make hardwood floors feel softer. If you’re looking for a design change, it’s much easier and more cost effective to buy a rug than it is to tear up carpet.
There’s a reason why homeowners are routinely choosing to replace their carpets with hardwood floors. Attractive and long-lasting, hardwood floors let families customize their homes while staying easy to care for. Needless to say, this is a trend that’s sticking around. Contact us today if you’re thinking of making hardwood a staple in your home.