Choosing new flooring for your property should be more than a matter of taste: It should also take into consideration longevity and durability. Floors are subject to a lot of wear and tear, especially in areas such as the hallway, kitchen, and living room. A well-chosen floor can instantly elevate your interior design, but there's no denying the fact that it's rather inconvenient to replace or renovate once fitted. When deciding on a floor covering, it's therefore crucial to consider which option will look better for longer. If you’re having trouble deciding between hardwood and carpet, our discussion of the benefits of each is here to help.
Hardwood floors are easier to clean on a daily basis, as they simply need to be swept while carpets need to be vacuumed. However, both floor coverings require extra maintenance if you want to keep them at their best. Hardwood floors need to be polished, dry mopped and cleaned using a special solution designed for wooden floors at least twice a week. The maintenance schedule for carpet cleaning is a little more relaxed, with a bi-annual professional clean recommended. This will involve hot water extraction, which rejuvenates carpets to make them appear as new.
Carpets are popular in colder climates, as they're cosier under bare feet and block gaps in the floorboards that can cause draughts. While hardwood floors don’t have the inbuilt thermal resistance that carpets have, they can be equally comforting visually if you choose a warm tone such as mahogany. They also work well with under-floor heating systems, although arguably, so do carpets. In fact, carpets tend to stay warmer for longer when teamed with under-floor heating, although they often take a little longer to warm up initially.
Wooden floors generally last longer than carpets, with most hardwood flooring companies offering warranties of up to 30 years. By contrast, carpets will need to be replaced every ten years or so. Your environment will play a decisive role in the life expectancy of your flooring. Frequent spills will damage carpets, while wooden floors will show scratches from aggressive cleaning and dents from any collisions with falling objects. Flooding will severely harm both kinds of floors, warping wooden boards and soaking carpet pads. However, if cared for properly, both types of flooring will be able to last a long time without any issues.
Wood flooring complements a wide range of interior decor styles, and as such has become very popular. The National Association of Realtors has found that buyers are willing to spend an average of $2,080 more on a property that has hardwood flooring. However, it's worth noting that these statistics do not reflect everyone's taste, with numerous interior designers recently using boldly printed carpets as part of a colourful, modern aesthetic.
If you’re preparing your home for the market, make sure you've considered whether your choice of flooring adds or detracts from your home's value. If you need any guidance, your local Engel & Völkers estate agents will be happy to discuss your options with you. With years of experience in the luxury real estate market, our agents take into consideration every feature of your property, from roof tiles to home flooring, and can provide you with expert assistance in both selling and buying.