Carpet or hardwood flooring, Boca RatonWhen you are ready for new flooring, weighing the options can be a challenge. There are so many types of flooring to choose from. But wide selection also means that there is always an option to fit your style and budget.

Hardwood flooring and carpet are two of the most popular types of flooring available in the Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach area, and we’ll review the pros and cons of each here.

Cost

Affordability is one of the most important considerations when selecting new floors. Carpet has a clear advantage here. It almost always costs less than hardwood flooring. However, even high-end luxury carpet, such as a wool Berber carpet, will need to be replaced within 15 years. Hardwood flooring can last generations, and potentially cost you less in the long run.

There are more affordable hardwood options as well. Engineered hardwood flooring is very popular among homeowners that are trying to stick to a budget.

Comfort

Beyond cost, a rooms’ function is also an important consideration when selecting new floors. Hardwood flooring looks beautiful, but it is not as comfortable as wall-to-wall carpeting. Carpet is also superior at providing noise and heat insulation. If you are looking for flooring for a bedroom, entertainment area, or children’s playroom, a durable carpet such as frieze may be the perfect option.

Maintenance

Many homeowners love hardwood flooring for its low maintenance requirements. Just like carpet, it does require regular vacuuming or sweeping to keep the surface free of debris that can damage the wood. Unlike carpet, however, hardwood flooring will not trap dirt and allergens. While hardwoods are easy to maintain, they are difficult and costly to refinish or replace. When carpet has reached its lifespan, it is quite easy to replace.

Resale Value

It’s been true for a number of years now that hardwood flooring is preferred among homebuyers. From that standpoint, it is always a good investment. If resale value is important to you, be sure to select a neutral hardwood species. Oak and maple hardwood flooring are always popular with homebuyers. A more specialty hardwood species, such as cherry or walnut, may not have the same wide appeal.

Our team at Floor Coverings International Boca Raton is here to help you select the perfect flooring. Contact us for a free in-home design consultation to view samples in the comfort of your own Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach area home!

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