Cost of wood floors
Hardwood flooring looks beautiful, but it doesn't come cheap. If you are on a tight budget, wood floors are definitely more costly than carpet. The price of wood flooring is dependent upon which type of wood you choose. There are faux hardwood options, called laminate, or traditional hardwood types including oak, birch, walnut, and pine, among others. Wood flooring ranges in color and size. Most begin at roughly $5 per square foot and go up to $8 or $10 per square foot. You must also factor in the cost of removing your old flooring as well as laying the new one.
Of course, cost also relies on how much flooring you need. If you are doing a straight cost comparison between hardwood floors and carpet, wood floors will always come out a little more costly. However, there are long term benefits to having wooden floors.
Cost of carpeting
When you consider carpet, think about the materials required for the job. Not only do you need the carpet itself, but you also need the padding that goes underneath. Roughly, installing carpeting could cost around $3 to $5 per square foot, depending on the type you choose. There are many types to pick from, such as polyester, nylon or wool, as well as various thicknesses, designs, and brands. Though laying carpet is less expensive than installing wood floors, there are benefits and downsides to both. Both types of flooring should last for years if well maintained and taken care of.
Benefits of wood floors and carpeting
Wood floors are easy to keep clean are are easy to repair. The only real downside to hardwood flooring is the cost, but if you can handle that, the benefits will pay off for years.
Carpet is a bit harder to keep clean than wood flooring and more difficult to replace. However, this flooring does help absorb loud noises, and there are many colors and styles available to customize your home. Carpet also helps warm your home and your feet in the winter time.
Maintenance of wood floors and carpeting
When it comes to maintenance, it's cheaper and easier to keep hardwood floors clean. All you require to clean a wood floor, depending on the type of wood, is a broom for daily sweeping, a mop, and some floor cleaner. For longer lasting hardwood floors, pick up spills immediately and don't let them set.
When you have carpet, you may need to purchase a vacuum cleaner as well as stain removal products. Both types of flooring will last for awhile, though you may have to replace carpet before wood floors because the fabric of carpet will wear out over time.
The real key to good flooring, no matter which type you choose, is installation. If you install your carpet or wood floors properly, you will reap the benefits of beautiful, long lasting flooring. Give us a call at Gowdy Flooring if you would like more information about flooring types and installation, (806) 353-6226. Send us an email with questions, comments, or concerns. See what we offer in person when you stop by our showroom, conveniently located at 5205 S. Coulter Street in Amarillo, Texas.