When comparing carpet with hardwood floors, quality is always the deciding factor.
However, flooring is a bigger investment than carpet. In fact, carpet costs $1 to $11 per square foot, whereas hardwood costs $8 to $14.
If you want to install hardwood flooring but are concerned about the expense, you may always install engineered flooring, which costs $5 to $10 per square foot.
Carpet Prices & Considerations
Let’s look at carpet prices and other factors to consider. Consider these points…
- $1 – $11 depending on quality
- 3–5 years for average quality and 10–15 years for high-end.
- Less work than wood flooring
- Usually constructed of polyester, nylon, or polypropylene.
- Low moisture resistance
- Harder to maintain
Carpet flooring is a good alternative for those on a budget. Its materials are less expensive and it is easy to install. But the installation is not as simple as you believe. You may install the carpet poorly if you lack expertise and equipment. As a consequence, your material will be damaged, necessitating a replacement. If so, the installation prices will rise.
Also, carpets are made from various materials. Wool is the best natural material for a carpet. Synthetic carpets, such as nylon, polypropylene, and polyester, are less expensive than wool.
Hardwood Flooring Cost & What to Consider
What to consider while choosing hardwood flooring:
- Costs $8-$14.
- It may endure 100 years.
- Installation requires an expert.
- The nicest hardwood floors are maple, oak, and cherry.
- It repels moisture and dust.
- Simple to clean and maintain by sweeping and wet mopping Ideal for allergy sufferers
Cost is undeniably a major consideration in any homeowner’s flooring purchase choice.
Hardwood flooring is now one of the priciest options. Because this covering is made from natural resources, namely trees.
Wood flooring is pricey because it takes so long for trees to mature and be fabricated into flooring. Due to their hardness, they are more difficult to process, increasing manufacturing costs. The expense of installing a hardwood floor is likewise considerable. It might cost over $120 every 100 square feet installed.
Fitting floors also demands substantial technical expertise. So you will need to engage an expert, increasing the cost of the flooring.
Consider how flooring will increase the resale value of your home, as compared to what carpeting can do to the resale value. In almost all cases flooring (especially hardwood flooring) is guaranteed to increase the price you get for your house or condo when you decide to sell it.
On the other hand, many new buyers look at old carpeting as a nuisance. They will tear it out, no matter what. So keep that in mind in your decision-making.