Should you Replace Carpet with Hardwood Flooring

Thinking about replacing your carpet floors? Before you do, you should carefully consider whether to replace them with new carpet or hardwood floors. Depending on your taste, style, and budget, flooring can differ throughout your home, incorporating both hardwood flooring and carpet.

But what happens when it comes time to replace a worn out carpet? Should you replace carpet with hardwood flooring, or with new carpet?

While the decision comes down to personal taste and style, here are some other factors you should consider.

Allergies can play a big role in determining whether you want to replace carpet with hardwood or with new carpet. Most people with allergies typically want a hard surface that won’t hold dust to prevent any allergic reactions they might have, but some great carpeting options are also available.

You should also think about the type of care and maintenance that each different flooring surface requires before you replace carpet. Although carpets can be stained, some options are more stain-resistant than others, and the typical maintenance and cleaning involves vacuuming, shampooing and conditioning. Hardwood flooring typically lasts longer than carpet and it can often be easier to keep clean, just by using a broom and dustpan and hardwood conditioners.

In the end, the decision about whether to replace carpet with hardwood or new carpeting should be based on your personal preference, at least if you intend to stay in the home for years. One of the top requests from home buyers and renters when looking for a home is hardwood flooring. In fact, a study of homebuyer preferences by USA Today found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring.

Installing hardwood flooring can cost between $8 and $12 per square foot, compared with about $2.50 to $5 per square foot for carpet—so some homeowners opt to install hardwood only in some rooms rather than throughout their home. Quality carpet can last about 10 to 15 years, while hardwood can last forever.

The return on investment for installing hardwood will vary according to your market and other factors, but hardwood flooring can often help your home sell faster. But, while many buyers and homeowners prefer hardwood flooring throughout their home, some people prefer carpet in the bedrooms—because they like a softer surface. When you live in a two or three-story home, carpet also helps reduce noise.

Do you have any experience with replacing carpet with hardwoods, or did you opt to replace with new carpet? Let us know what you think and give us a call at 1-800-526-7847 to talk with a flooring pro today!