One thing you should certainly do at some point is remodel your home. According to Forbes, home improvement projects can increase a home’s value anywhere from 7 to 54 percent in value. If you don’t put any work into your home, however, the movement in value can be in the opposite direction.
One part of your home you should certainly address at some point is remodeling your floors. You may think hardwood flooring is the be all end all option. However, carpet may actually be the optimal choice for many rooms. Below are four advantages carpet has over hardwood flooring.
One of the biggest reasons people choose carpet over hardwood flooring is price. The difference in price between carpet and hardwood can be stark. Carpet can cost as little as $3 per square foot to install. Hardwood flooring, on the other hand, can be as high as $12 per square foot. If it is reclaimed wood, it may be as much as $30 per square foot. Most homeowners certainly have to live within a budget in regards to home improvement projects. Certainly try to factor price into your decision.
One big downside to hardwood flooring that many families do not consider is the noise it can create. No matter what you do, hardwood flooring is going to make a lot of noise. You will hear it down the hallway when people walk through the kitchen. You will also hear people walking on your flooring from lower floors. If you have a lot of rambunctious active children, this could be a strong deterrent to choosing hardwood. Carpet, on the other hand, muffles sound by design. It will certainly not produce as much noise.
If you want more control over creating a visual aesthetic in a room, carpet gives you far more choices. The choices for hardwood flooring are rather limited. There are only a few different colors and stains to choose from. However, the choices for carpet are nearly endless. You can find pretty much every color and texture imaginable. If you are picky in regards to choosing between different colors and textures to create a specific aesthetic, carpeting provides you with a far greater canvass to work from.
According to CBS News, people can spend as much as 60 percent of their energy bills on heating during the winter. If you want to stay warm, carpeting is the superior choice. It obviously feels much warmer to walk on than hardwood flooring. However, what you may not know is that carpeting actually helps insulate a room and trap in heat during the winter. Hardwood flooring, on the other hand, doesn’t really trap in heat at all.