How do I choose between Hardwood Floors and Carpet?

The hardwood floor vs. carpet debate is never ending.

Everyone has their own opinion, and—truth be told—they’re usually valid.

But, you shouldn’t let others influence your decision.

When choosing between hardwood floors and carpet, you should understand the pros, cons, and maintenance tips associated with each, and then make a decision that’s best for you and your home.

Let’s jump right in:

The Pros of Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a great way to add an extra element of beauty to your home. In addition, they’re:

  • Durable
  • Easy to repair
  • Easy to maintain
  • Not susceptible to holding dust and allergens

To get the full benefits of hardwood floors, it’s best to pick a wood brand, species, and finish that’s right for you.

The Cons of Hardwood Floors

If wood floors aren’t installed correctly, they’re susceptible to high humidity from the environment and/or household appliances such as hot water heaters, bathtubs, and washing machines. When exposed to humidity, wood will bend and then buckle. Repairs (depending on severity) can be time-consuming and costly.

The Maintenance of Hardwood Floors

Proper hardwood floor maintenance is essential. Neglecting maintenance can result in the bending and buckling mentioned above. The good thing is that maintenance is super easy. All you need to do is:

  • Immediately clean spills with a damp cloth
  • Sweep, dust, and vacuum
  • Use a hardwood floor cleaner every few months
  • Avoid wet mopping and washing with soap

Tough spots and stains should be removed with a small amount of acetone or nail polish remover. For sticky substances (i.e. wax and chewing gum), use a small scraper to gently remove the substance.

The Pros of Carpet

Carpet is a great way to give your home its own identity. It’s also:

  • Comfortable
  • A natural insulator
  • Less noisy than hardwood floors
  • Not susceptible to humidity

Carpet provides numerous functional advantages. It’s great in homes, offices, or any areas where people are constantly on their feet.

The Cons of Carpet

 Carpet is easily damaged.

When carpet strands are pulled, carpet begins to fall apart—and replacement is the only solution. During a replacement, all the carpet and matting is pulled up and replaced. As you can imagine, the bill can be very high.

The Maintenance of Carpet

 To maintain carpet, you should:

  • Use outdoor mats to clean shoes and feet before entering
  • Vacuum twice a week
  • Perform a thorough cleaning every six months
  • Limit traffic
  • Clean stained and/or soiled areas immediately

Make note that the best thing you can do to ensure your carpet lasts as long as possible is to remove shoes before entering the home. While this might seem hard, it will be worth the effort when you look at clean, well-maintained carpet that has lasted many years.


You now have enough information to help you make an informed decision in regards to which flooring solution is right for you. When you’re ready, please don’t hesitate to contact Morris Flooring. We’d love to help you choose the perfect carpet or hardwood floors for your home.



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