When you think of floor surfaces you like in yourÂ Louisville home, what comes to mind? Soft carpet? Tile? Hardwood? Vinyl?Â You may choose a variety of surfaces according to what room it is, or you may be like the growing number of people who prefer hardwoods and other hard surfaces throughout the home. Since the 1980's, carpet has lost market share, but still has its fans. It makes up about 51% of all floor covering is the U.S. What you choose is personal preference, but carpet vs. hardwoods each have pro's and con's to think about.
Hardwoods are always a plus in current home sales.Â Long lasting and sustainable, they are the ultimate green floor covering, especially if harvested from a responsible managed forest and treated with a lower level of VOC's (volatile organic compounds.) Furniture can dent them, and pets can scratch them, but they can be refinished. Vacuuming, sweeping, and light mopping will keep them clean. With proper care, they can last hundreds of years. Many people accent them and protect them with beautiful room sized rugs or smaller throw rugs.
Carpeting has a lifespan of 10- to 15 years. Available in an endless array of colors and textures, carpeting enhances dÃ©cor and feels warm when your foot hits the floor. It can be neutral or make a vibrant statement. It also help soundproof a room, plus retains heat. With vacuuming and yearly steam cleaning, carpeting will maintain its good looks. They can be made of recyclable fibers or recycled when they reach their life span, so they are environmentally friendly.
On the downside, carpet traps dirt. Spills seep into the fibers and canâ€™t be completely removed, though carpets are treated to resist them. However, if stains are not treated, they can be permanent. Pets can snag them. As with woods, carpet are available that emit lower VOC's, though the chemical residue can still trigger allergies along dirt trapped in the fiber., though traffic patterns are fairly obvious after use.
Where carpeting has an advantage is in the warmth it brings to a room. Though kitchen and bathroom carpeting proved to be short-lived bad ideas, you may enjoy the feel of carpet underfoot in other rooms. As both wood and carpet give a distinct look and feel to a room, you may want to mix it up, so you have hardwoods in the living and dining room and carpet in the bedroom. Since many people do have a mix, the 51% ratio is likely to remain fairly stable.
If carpet wears out or you get tired of it, you can replace it at a lesser cost than with wood. Thinking of removing old carpets and enjoying the hardwoods underneath? Depending on when you home was built, you may have hardwoods underneath or just have plywood subfloors. Make sure to pull up a corner of the carpet to see what you have. If you are planning to sell your home and are faced with the choice of replacing carpeting or refinishingÂ floor underneath, going for the hardwood is a safe choice as the wood as many buyers prefer wood.
Whether you are in the 51% who like carpet or the 49% who prefer carpet, call me,Â Jessica Gaines.Â My team and I atÂ Louisville Gaines Real EstateÂ can find you a great home that you can make your own!