Carpet Versus Hardwood: The Great Debate

One of the most hotly contested issues in the flooring industry comes down to one not-so-simple issue—wall-to-wall carpet, or hardwood floors? We’ve seen this decision cause a rift in happy marriages, bring roommates to tears, and act as a deal breaker for homeowners. The problem is that it’s not a cut and dry issue. Both options have benefits, and it can be difficult to decide which is best. To help settle countless arguments once and for all, we’ve brought carpet and hardwood together to go head-to-head in the following five categories. May the best flooring win!

1.  Comfort:  Hardwood floors are beautiful, but they can’t compare to the soft, plush surface that carpet provides. It’s especially lovely in places where comfort is key or where small children will be playing on the floor, such as bedrooms and family rooms. Carpet can also help a insulate a space, so if you live in drafty house or are worried that Wilmington, NC might get hit with another ice-storm, hardwood floors might not be the best choice. The winner: carpet.

2.  Cleanliness:  Hardwood is nearly impossible to stain and can be cleaned with a simple mix of soap and white vinegar. Meanwhile, dust and bacteria can catch in carpet’s fibers and are much harder to remove. You probably don’t want to picture this, but every time you walk across your carpet, you release millions of tiny particles—many of which can trigger allergies. Hardwood floors are an easy way to avoid this problem. The winner: hardwood floors.

3.  Safety:  Hardwood floors are slick and area rugs can be a tripping hazard, especially in homes with small children or elderly adults. If safety is a concern, then the soft, plush surface that wall-to-wall carpet provides is a better choice. A fall will be automatically cushioned, and injuries sustained from accidents will be minimized. The winner: carpet.

4.  Longevity:  No matter how careful you are with your carpet, normal wear and tear means you’ll probably have to replace it every few years. While a change can be nice, the costs eventually add up. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, can last decades. And, if something does happen, you can hire a professional to refinish and restore them to their natural splendor. The winner: hardwood floors.

5.  Cost:  This is a tough one. Carpet is less expensive to install than hardwood floors, so the upfront costs are lower. But hardwood floors have a lengthier life, so you save money in the long run. The winner: it’s a tie.

The results of this face off are crystal clear—when it comes to pros and cons, wall-to-wall carpet and hardwood floors are neck and neck. In the end, homeowners must make their choice based on their family, lifestyle, and personal preferences. While Crystal Carpet and Flooring can’t settle the debate once and for all, we  can help you find the choice that’s best for you. Cast your vote by visiting our showroom today.