The floors are one of the largest surfaces within your home, and as such play both a large role in the interior design of your property and as a functional surface that helps maintain temperature and comfort levels throughout the year. Two of the most common types of flooring materials are carpeting and hardwood, each of which has several different subcategories and carries a distinct set of characteristics and advantages. Understanding the differences between hardwood and carpet flooring can help you choose the flooring material that best fits your home's needs.
Carpeting is an extremely popular flooring material largely because of its comfort and heat retention. The soft surface of carpeting is ideal for homeowners with small children who may want to cushion the floors in the event of a fall, and it traps heat extremely well, making it ideal for colder climates. Carpet also tends to be much more affordable than its hardwood counterpart—and also comes in a wider range of patterns and colors—giving you more flexibility when it comes to your flooring design.
However, carpeting can be difficult to clean, and it can hold onto airborne contaminants and debris which can aggravate allergies and reduce ambient air quality. Further, carpeting can be easily ripped or torn up by pet claws and other sharp objects, and can be easily stained if spilled on. Finally, it should be noted that carpet can be susceptible to mold growth in the event of excessive moisture exposure, which is a health concern and can ruin your carpet in the process.
Hardwood flooring, on the other hand, is a luxurious and durable flooring solution that takes on a natural aesthetic. Hardwood flooring is much more durable and able to withstand moisture to a greater degree than carpeting is, due to its protective coat of stain, and it also can also be finished in a variety of styles that reflect natural light and can open up dimly lit rooms. Hardwood flooring can also be refinished at a later date, which simply means sanding down existing floorboards and staining them again. This saves precious time and money when upgrading your floor, and prevents the need to replace the floor entirely.
However, hardwood flooring does tend to be more expensive than carpeting is, with different types of wood holding different price points. This makes it less than ideal for those with tight budgets. Further, hardwood flooring can also warp and become damaged by moisture over time, which will require complete replacement, and can be susceptible to pest damage if your home experiences an infestation of termites or carpenter ants.
Contact a flooring installation company such as Thayer Decorating Center for more information or for help installing your chosen floor material.