Carpet vs. hardwood flooring: a long-standing debate that never has one exact winner for every household. If you are in the middle of customizing your new home, then this is an important question for you. Keep in mind that in addition to hardwood flooring, in recent years many other alternatives have surfaced such as luxury vinyl plank, composite and engineered hardwoods, and natural hardwoods alike. Below, you can see some of the top benefits that show which flooring might work best for your home.
Easy to Clean
Hardwood flooring is easy to clean. It will not trap bacteria and stains. With hardwood flooring, you can have the cleanest flooring possible through vacuuming and mopping. This solid material will not allow stains and dirt to penetrate it.
Hardwood flooring, whether natural or engineered, can easily last at least a hundred years with no issue. Hardwood is a traditional flooring material that has proved its durability throughout the centuries, especially through examples of historic American homes.
Great for Open Floor Plans
If your new home has an open floor plan, hardwood flooring can create a seamless look from the front to the back of the house, from the entryway to the backdoor. You will want your kitchen to have hard flooring, and if combined with the living room, you can keep the look consistent by using the same flooring. You can also use flooring to set transitions in space with unique designs and alternating materials.
Hardwood Flooring Alternatives
Newly Introduced Materials
In recent years Luxury Vinyl Plank has been introduced as an alternative to hardwood floors. This flooring is a more durable product more resistant to scratches and water. There is also an array of physical appearances in color and texture that provides many more choices to hardwood floors. The same has occurred with engineered wood floors. There are an array of colors and plank sizes that can provide a real custom look to your home. All of these choices are available to touch and see at the Ameri-Star Homes design center and are incorporated into your new home design.
Carpet is undoubtedly more affordable than hardwood flooring. If you want to keep as low a budget as possible, carpet is the simple choice. Keep in mind, though, that it is healthy to replace the carpet every ten years.
Sound Absorption & Warmth
Carpeting has a physical effect on other aspects of a room. Carpeting absorbs sound and adds insulation to your flooring. Therefore, your rooms will be cozier with a carpet; you’ll have no echoing sounds or voices, and your rooms will be warmer.
Comfort underfoot is the most obvious strength of carpeting. It can be especially welcome in a basement, bedroom, or enclosed family room. It can also add safety to stairs and padding in general.
Carpet vs. hardwood flooring: which is for you? You can install either or both in your Ameri-Star Homes house!
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