Flooring is one of the first and biggest decisions a new homeowner will make. If you are considering selling your home, new flooring is is great place to begin preparing a fresh, clean palette that will wow potential buyers. But how to decide which flooring option is right for you? We’ve prepared a list of tips comparing the two most popular home flooring options to help guide you in your decision.

Less expensive – between $3 and $5 per square foot, installed w/padding, & up
Easier & faster to install than hardwood
Most popular floor covering – makes up 51% of US market
Soft and comforting, especially in times of cold, like early mornings and winter
Top quality carpets can last 10-15 years
Life can be extended with frequent vacuuming & steaming
Hides dirt, so needs less frequent cleaning
New technology in synthetic, stain-resistant fibers helps reduce staining
Wide variety of color, pattern, and style choices available for more decor options
Darker, more durable options are great for kid’s rooms & high traffic areas
Quieter than hardwood – helps muffle sound
Most carpet has been certified as low emitters of volatile organic compounds
Carpets made with recycled content or that can be recycled when they are worn out are available
Asthma and allergies friendly?
Traps airborne dust particles in between the tufts, where a good-quality vacuum can dispose of it
Not as long-wearing as hardwood
Spills may cause permanent stains
May become matted over time
Some VOC levels considered unacceptable
Traps airborne dust particles in between the tufts, so those less vigilant with cleaning may fins allergies and asthma aggravated
Carpet styles are trend-sensitive, and cannot be updated as hardwood can
Hardwood flooring is a hot trend right now
Wood can last hundreds of years with proper care and periodic refinishing
Wood is easy to clean and doesn’t stain
Hardwood is durable
Hardwood adds a lasting value to a home that carpet can’t
Larger variety of woods and colors, to choose from than several years ago
Exotic woods in shades of yellow, pink, orange, purple and black are available
The trend is toward natural finishes without stains
You can easily change a hardwood floor’s look with area rugs
Can be refinished many times to freshen the look
Hand-scraped wood flooring, with deeper grooves, hides small dents and wear that can come from active families and pets
Hardwood floors do not hold on to allergens that can sink into the fibers of carpet
Lower VOC products are available
Easier to spot spills, pet hair, crumbs and debris on hardwood floors
Spills can be completely wiped up
Wood is a sustainable, renewable and natural material
Wood from a responsibly managed forest that meets sustainability standards is available
Between $9 and $12 per square foot, installed, & up
Reclaimed old wood can cost up to $30 per square foot
Not as easy as carpet to install
Must be nailed down, glued or clicked into place
Wood sealants and finishes can release undesirable VOCs
Wood needs to be cleaned more frequently than carpet
Vacuumed or sweep, then mop at least every other day
Water damage may be difficult to repair

Beyond the basic considerations of cost, maintenance, durability, and aesthetic appeal, it’s important to take your family’s lifestyle into consideration. Things like pet being house-trained and removing shoes at the door are very important factors in successfully maintaining carpet. Hardwood floors, though generally considered superior in terms of allergy and asthma issues, may not be the best choice if you find your family has difficulty maintaining regular cleaning.

Both are beautiful options for any home. At Country Flooring Direct, we look forward to introducing you to the wide array of styles available today. We also provide installation, sanding and refinishing all throughout Middle Tennessee. For more information, click here or call us at (615) 646-0366 or (615) 587-9604. Country Flooring Direct is a family-owned business. That’s one of the reasons we are so passionate about guiding you to the choices that are best for you and your family. We offer you the convenience to shop at home, or visit our showroom at 552 Hwy. 70, Pegram, TN 37143. We look forward to hearing from you!