Comparing Carpet and Hardwood Flooring

Carpet and hardwood flooring are both solid options for quality flooring. But there are important differences in the design, maintenance requirements, and cleaning methods. If you are considering installing or replacing your flooring, read this article to help you choose between two of the most popular options. And for an expansive selection of flooring options in Orange County, NY , as well as flooring and carpet installation services, contact BC&N Carpet.

Resale Value
Hardwood flooring has become more popular in recent years. If you install

Hardwood Flooring in Orange County

hardwood floors in your home, it may be easier to sell later on, according to a survey conducted by Lumber Liquidators. In fact, The National Association for Realtors found that American homeowners are, on average, willing to spend in excess of $2,000 more for a house with hardwood flooring. A big reason for the increase in the popularity of hardwood flooring is that it’s eco-friendly and easy to clean.

Hardwood floors require sweeping, which is easier to do than the vacuuming required with maintaining carpet. But wood floors also require regular polishing. Wood floors must also be mopped every 3-4 days, and deep cleaned once a month using a specially formulated wood cleaner. By contrast, carpet will need a professional carpet cleaning with hot water extraction at least once per year. Dirt tends to get into carpets more easily in comparison to wood. Over time, carpet will also show signs of high traffic, which requires scrubbing to get rid of.

Cleaning Spills
Liquid spills are easier to deal with on wood floors than on carpet. With that said, spills must be dealt with as quickly as possible for both types of flooring. Spot cleaners can be used to remove stains on either carpet or wood flooring. For enhanced spill protection, be sure to invest in either carpet padding or tile sealant.

Carpet generally lasts about 10 years. After that, it starts to look tattered and dated. But if maintained regularly and sealed properly, wood floors can last between 25 and 30 years. Some wood floors can last for 100 years or more.