Replacing Carpet With Hardwood
If you are thinking about replacing your carpet flooring with hardwood the choice may seem clear, I mean home buyers and renters all prefer hardwood flooring right? Be careful to think about if hardwood floors are good for every room to get the best resale value. Before you invest in any floor type you should evaluate your budget, and the preferences in your community as well as your personal taste. Some people only want carpet because it is softer and nice to walk on while others prefer a hard surface or one that is easier to maintain. Homeowners on a tight budget should look into laminate flooring rather than hardwood. Laminate offers the look of wood at a lower price point.
Keep in mind that people with allergies typically want a hard surface that won’t hold dust. Hardwood is also much easier to keep clean and maintain than carpet. While carpet stains with a dropped drink, hardwood can be cleaned up with no harm done to the wood. Because of this and it’s ability to be refinished, hardwood also has a much longer life than carpet.
Installing hardwood flooring can cost between $7 and $15 per square foot, compared with about $2.50 to $5 per square foot for carpet—so some homeowners opt to install hardwood only in some rooms rather than throughout their home. However, carpet typically needs to be replaced if it becomes stained or worn out. Good quality carpet can last about 10 to 15 years, while hardwood can last forever. The return on investment for installing hardwood varies, but hardwood flooring can often help your home sell faster. While many buyers and homeowners prefer hardwood flooring throughout their home, some people prefer carpet in the bedrooms because they like a softer surface. Especially when you live in a two or three-story home, carpet helps reduce the noise from walking around.