When considering to update your home, there are quite a few decisions that will come into play. For those wishing to change their flooring, this could be the difference between carpeting and using hardwood. An age-old question constantly asked among people (and even decorators) is which one is better? Now we obviously can’t answer this question as everyone has their own needs and considerations (take climate for example), but that still doesn’t mean we won’t take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages including which one fares as the more eco-friendly option. Think you know the answer? Well let’s put your knowledge to the test.
Why people enjoy it – Hardwood is just one of those products that can add luxury to a home. Best known for its variety in color, size and style, hardwood is quite durable and can easily be updated (e.g. sanding, staining and refinishing).
- Does not collect as much allergens (and dust) as carpet
- Easy to clean
- Manufactured to be long lasting without much replacing
- Can buckle with a change in humidity (expanding and contracting)
- Can dent and scratch over time
- Are a harder surface (vs. carpeting) for children’s play areas
Sustainability factor – Many people opt for hardwood because it is a natural resource that uses less synthetic materials that can be harmful to your indoor environment. Over the years, many hardwood flooring manufacturers have revamped their harvesting processes to reduce the negative effects on the environment (think deforestation). The Forest Stewardship Council or FSC is a great resource to learn more about sustainable hardwood options for your home including companies right here in North America(reduces transportation fuels, etc).
Why people enjoy it – Nothing beats walking on plush carpeting that is so soothing it can make you think you are walking in slippers. Good carpeting can evoke the feeling of a posh stay in a sophisticated hotel or resort.
- Has great underfoot support via carpet fibers and carpet padding that make it ideal for persons with knee problems
- Ideal for social areas where children may play (softer surface)
- Reduces noise
- Can easily soil compared to hardwood
- Can snag or mat down after time
- Known to absorb odors, smells and other stains
Sustainability factor – While carpeting may be a softer option on the feet, it has been known to carry chemicals that can be quite harmful to our household. Typically made from synthetic materials (think chemicals again), many of the stain-proof treatments carpets receive call for the use of substances that can filter into our bodies. Thankfully there are companies like FLOR who offer eco-friendly carpet options for your home though we bet many will be joining this trend.