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  • Carpet vs. Hard Surface Flooring

    May 18, 2016 | Blog | Mike
  • Carpets vs Hard Surface Flooring… Which one is right for my home?

      Our flooring experts at Austonian Rug Cleaning Co. understand the trials and tribulations one can experience when choosing the right flooring for their home. After all, flooring is one of the biggest decisions a homeowner has to make and usually the big question arises, carpet vs hard surface flooring. Choosing between hard surface flooring and carpet may seem like an easy choice, but nothing could be further from the truth. Some people choose to carpet their home because they love the softness of carpet on their feet, the way it keeps their house warmer or the way it muffles footsteps throughout the house. Others choose hard surface flooring for its natural beauty and elegance along with its effortless cleaning requirements. At Austonian Rug Cleaning Co. we believe that when being faced with the decision of carpet vs hard surface flooring it’s important to make your decision based on not only price, but also design comfort and sustainability. To help walk you through the choice of carpet vs hard surface flooring our experts have put together a simple pros and cons guide to help walk you through your options.  

    Hard Surface Flooring… Pros & Cons

          Pros                                                     Cons

    1. Aesthetics                                 1. Noise Level
    2. Cleanliness                               2. Ugly Scratches
    3. Durability                                 3. Cold in winter months
    4. Low General maintenance    4. It’s Hard
    5. Increases Home Value           5. More Expensive

    Carpet Flooring… Pros & Cons

          Pros                                                      Cons

    1. Adds Insulation                             1. Dirt and allergens
    2. Muffles sound                                2. Replacement cost / frequency
    3. More Selection                               3. Stains
    4. Low maintenance cost                 4. Potentially Harmful Cleaning Chemicals
    5. Safer for small children
    6. Lower Cost

    Carpets vs Hard Surface Flooring… Difference in Cost?

    As a rule of thumb, one can usually expect to pay more when it comes to hard surface flooring over carpets; however, some carpeting may actually end up costing more per square foot than some hard surface flooring. It really is close to impossible to proclaim one cheaper than the other because there are so many variables such as type of carpeting or hard surface flooring, installation cost, etc.  So our experts at Austonian Rug Cleaning Co have put together a brief look at the least expensive to most expensive flooring prices in general. Remember that each case is different; this is just a general guideline to use. carpet vs hard surface flooring price table
    1. Carpet: In general, carpet turns out to be the least expensive surface. So if you’re looking to save a little extra money, this is the way to go. The labor on carpet is usually lower and with the many different carpeting options; there is surely one to fit everyone’s style and budget. With that being said, keep in mind that carpet more so than any other flooring surface varies the most in price. As you begin to look into softer nylons, wool carpets, etc.; the prices increase and can sometimes be quite expensive. But as a general rule, carpet will usually cost less than any other hard surface flooring.
    2. Laminate Flooring: Laminate is usually slightly more pricey than carpet but less than other surface such as hardwood. The materials for laminate aren’t too expensive and the labor is quite low. Depending on the current conditions of your home’s floor, you may be able to install laminate flooring directly on top of what you already have, reducing the cost of labor.
    3. Hardwood Flooring: Hardwood is definitely more expensive than laminate and carpet; but in the long run, it will usually withstand longer. Oak and bamboo tend to usually be the lower costing hardwoods chosen for homes. Hardwood flooring is preferred by a lot of homeowners because it tends to be easier and less expensive to clean and maintain in the long run. Adding hardwood flooring to your home also improves the value of your home, thus making it a great investment.
    4. Tile or Stone Flooring: Tile flooring tends to be the most expensive surface to install in the home because it tends to be the most extensive in labor and material. Most are surprised to hear this because tile itself tends to be cheap; however, it’s the labor that takes the cake in price on this one.