Congratulations on getting a new home! But remember this: it may not be a brand-new house. Previous dwellers may have personalized the house to their liking. As you have brought it, now you may have to make tens of changes, repairs, and updations to make the house fits your vibe and aesthetics. Out of many, one is to choose between hardwood and carpet flooring.
Both flooring styles come with specifics that make them well-suited for one group while agonizing for others. So, it’s better to have prerequisites in place to have adequate information before opting for the right choice for your new home. With that bit in mind, let’s dive into the blog.
What is Carpet Flooring?
Carpet flooring consists of a perfectly woven fabric – fibers – stitched together to form a regular shape and then laid on the ground using explicit paste material. The main carpet types used in flooring include woven, saxony, loop, and others, which depend heavily on manufacturing dynamics. Each carpet style follows distinct characteristics to make the ground feel more comfortable, warm, and soft to the end user.
What is Hardwood Flooring?
Hardwood flooring, as the name suggests, consists of small hardwood pieces that have to be bought in bulk to implement in every corner of the house. Hardwoods are engineered quite precisely pertaining to their overall durability that can endure four weather conditions accordingly. Manufacturers neither have to choose the best plywood in town nor settle for compromising material. The goal is to make the end product as durable and easy-to-use as possible.
Which One Should You Choose?
Hardwood and carpet flooring comes in many shapes and sizes, and to select the best option, you have to go through various factors, including affordability, comfort, versatility, cleanliness, safety, and flexibility. Let’s discuss them one by one in detail.
Carpet Flooring is More Affordable
Carpets are available at 500rs/ sq. ft., whereas hardwood soars at a rate of 800-1000rs/ piece. The affordability factor really gives an edge to carpet flooring rather than hardwoods. But don’t rely too much on the aforementioned pricing; depending on the material’s quality, the price varies massively for both flooring types.
If you opt for higher carpet quality, such as wool carpeting, it can cost thousands per square foot. Similarly, for Sheesham wood flooring, get ready to spend millions as a total renovation cost. The crux is to decide the suitable flooring type according to total spending cost.
Hardwood is Extremely Durable
Hardwood flooring is for you if you’re a one-time spender and live the rest of your life with that change. Because according to the reports, good quality hardwood can last more than 100 years without any replacements if taken care of properly. That repair time is directly proportional to the wood quality you have opted for.
On the other hand, carpet flooring provides a maximum warranty time lies between 10-20 years. It doesn’t matter the type of carpet you choose; scratches, dirt, dust, liquid spilling, and pet waste on it significantly reduce the total life cycle. Similarly, the material itself, the best ‘ fiber’ available in the market, often lasts not more than ten years.
Carpet is an Excellent Insulator
If you’re located at the southern and northern ends of the country, your priority should be making your floor the best heat insulator possible. No choice is better than the carpet to achieve such a goal! Fibers on the carpet’s surface, when joined together, absorb and retain atmosphere heat, providing warmth in chilly temperatures.
For people who need symptom control, bed rest, pain relief, and improved quality of life, installing comfy carpets in their room is a blessing in disguise.
Hardwood flooring, as the name suggests, is a pretty bad heat insulator. But choosing between two choices heavily depends on the location you’re living in and the temperature you feel inclined towards. For example, if you’re living in flats in Bahria Town Karachi and bearing sweltering heat waves, it’s a no-brainer that you should go for hardwood flooring.
Excessive heat is also harmful to the hardwood, as it absorbs moisture from the environment and expands outside its prescribed boundaries.
In the end, the choice is yours. Depending on the environment – climate and personal – you have to make the right decision.
Carpet Flooring Are Safer And Quieter
Having a toddler or an elder in your home can make you cautious in a lot of ways. One can be to provide a smooth pathway for them to walk on to do their chores. Because according to data, most accidents in elders and toddlers happen due to their gait movements – sustaining severe injuries, and sometimes, the situation can worsen. To deal with this, carpets are a great flooring type one should have in their home.
They cannot make floors less skiddy but also prevent sound transmission between ceilings. Carpets have a tight grip, which, when glued on the floor, provides an even firmer grip, making it less certain for people to slip on them. Similarly, by installing carpet flooring, you can make the room quieter, reducing the sound waves impact.
Hardwood Flooring Has a Higher Resale Value
As a homeowner, you should have a keen eye on the future aspect of things related to your house. Before making a substantial renovation, one should ask with a neural frame of mind: “how my decision will impact the future valuation of the house?” Asking this question helps you a lot in making an informed decision about which flooring type you should’ve in your house.
If you prefer house valuation over comfort, safety, and affordability, then go for hardwood flooring. Hardwood may come expensive at first, but installing them in your house massively brings up your house’s worth. It’s a cakewalk to grasp why hardwood flooring increases value; the answer is more flashiness, durability, visual appearance, more effectiveness, less maintenance, better finishes, and cleaning is comparatively much easier.
It Boils Down to Your Preferences!
None of the differences, bones and banes about carpet floorings and hardwood would matter much if your personal choice is preferring one over the others. Both flooring types don’t have drastic differences but have characteristics that are suited better for the purposes they are applied for in the houses.
In the end:
- If you’re a lazy dude in your 20-50 ‘ies, have an adequate budget, and prefer wood aesthetics, then hardwood flooring is for you.
- However, if you’re from a millennial or boomer gang, need a sound-proof, secure, and minimalistic vibe, cleaning isn’t your problem, and/or if you resettle constantly, then you can choose between several carpet flooring types.
The debate about hardwood and carpet flooring is never ending because these visual appearances are subjective matters – one looks at them from a heavenly perspective; the other feels cringe about them. Therefore, before reading this blog, you would have made up 90% of your mind about a specific type, and maybe you’re reading this for informational purposes.
Whatever the case, I hope you have found something valuable and worthy from this content, and if you did, do share the blog with your friends, especially those looking to read carpet and hardwood floorings.
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