Carpet v. Hardwood: What’s Right For You?

When it comes to choosing between carpet and hardwood flooring in your home, there are many factors to consider that go beyond cost or even aesthetics. To help you decide which type of flooring is right for your home, we’ve broken down a few factors to consider. Read them through, weigh your options, and get in touch with the Van Metre Design Centre if you have any questions about specific materials.

What to consider when choosing between carpet and hardwood flooring:

Allergies

According to Mayo Clinic, carpeting can trap allergy-causing substances (allergens) that trigger asthma. If you’re prone to allergies or asthma, carpeting in the bedroom can be particularly problematic because it exposes you to carpet dust throughout the night. Mayo Clinic recommends that allergy or asthma sufferers steam clean carpet on a regular basis or opt for a hard-surface flooring such a vinyl, tile or wood because they’re much easier to keep free of dust mites, pollen, pet dander and other allergens. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America also maintains that hard flooring options are best, and recommends avoiding wall-to-wall carpeting whenever possible.

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Pets

What types of flooring are best for pets? It may depend on your particular pet’s needs. As Veterinarian Jody Clarke outlined in our recent post on how to make your new home pet-friendly, you may want to choose carpet or textured flooring if you have older pets (dogs in particular). Hardwood floors can pose some difficulty for elderly kitties and pups when it comes to their mobility; the smooth surface makes it harder for them to stand up after sitting, and it’s easy for them to slip and injure themselves. For this reason, wall-to-wall carpeting might be a safer, more comfortable option for your pets but if you do opt for hardwood floors, make sure to include ample throw or area rugs.

For pets of all ages, you’ll want to go with a flooring option that’s durable, stain-resistant and easy to clean. Our design centre can walk you through what options work best for your furry family members, from scratch-resistant materials to easy-to-sweep surfaces.

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Maintenance

Hardwood floors may seem like the clear winner when it comes to cleaning and maintenance but they can be costly to repair if damaged — often more expensive than repairing carpet. For carpeted floors, we recommend sticking to a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule and putting down throw rugs or welcome mats in your home’s entryways. For hardwood floors, keep them clean and dust-free by sweeping regularly (at least twice a week) and/or vacuuming them with a hard-floor attachment. Real Simple recommends using a microfiber mop with a pH-neutral cleaner or a homemade solution (1 tablespoon distilled vinegar in 1 gallon of water) to wipe up stuck-on dirt and avoiding products that claim to “shine,” “polish,” or “rejuvenate”, as they often contain additives that lead to buildup.

Have questions about what flooring is right for you? Schedule an appointment with the Van Metre Homes Design Centre and we’ll see what best suits your lifestyle.