Comparing Carpet and Hardwood Flooring (2022)

Carpet and hardwood: These are two of the most common of all flooring materials, and also the two that are the most different from one another. One is an entirely synthetic, soft, quiet, inexpensive material with a relatively short lifespan, while the other is a natural, hard, and expensive flooring material that is likely to last longer than you own your home. Yet both have their roles to play, and you may well find yourself using both materials in different locations in your home. Each has a variety of characteristics that make them favorable in specific environments to match specific needs. Understanding the nature of the materials will allow you to make an informed choice about how best to use them in various locations.

Hardwood

Carpet vs. Hardwood Flooring

Most modern carpet is created by threading closely spaced loops of synthetic fibers through large sheets of backing material. There are some natural-fiber carpets—mostly cotton or wool—but the vast majority use synthetic materials, such as nylon to polyester. Carpeting is manufactured in huge rolls, and consumers buy it by the foot, in whatever quantities they need.

Modern hardwood flooring generally comes in one of two forms. Solid hardwood flooring is, as the name suggests, boards of solid wood that are milled from rough lumber taken from felled hardwood trees. These boards receive a smoothly sanded face on the top surface but are left slightly rough on the bottom. The edges are shaped with tongue-and-grooves that allow the boards to interlock as they are installed.

Another form of hardwood flooring is known as engineered hardwood flooring. These boards are created by adhering a relatively thin surface layer of real hardwood to a thicker (and cheaper) core layer of high-quality plywood. This construction not only makes the flooring more affordable, but it gives the boards hardwood stability against expanding and shrinking due to changing humidity levels. Most forms of engineered wood flooring have the same tongue-and-groove construction and are installed in the same way as solid hardwood flooring.

HardwoodCarpet
CostAverage $5 per square footAverages $3 per square foot
DurabilityMay last 100 years or moreUp to 10 years
Real Estate ValueAdds real estate valueNo real estate advantage
CleaningEasy to clean with sweeping and damp moppingEasily vacuumed, but stains are hard to remove
ComfortHard underfoot, loud and coldSoft and warm underfoot, dampens sound
Appropriate RoomsAny room except bathrooms and basementsBedrooms, recreation spaces, dens
Health ConsiderationsExcellent for allergy sufferersMay trap pollen and dust

Appearance

Carpet

Carpet offers more variety in terms of color, texture, and feel, but both hardwood and carpet are available in hundreds of styles to meet almost any interior design need. Carpet is not only soft to the touch but is also soft in appearance, as carpeted surfaces generally have a gentle, soft appearance within the room design.

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Hardwood

The look of hardwood flooring is recognizable to anyone, and its main appeal is the natural wood-tone colors and the appealing pattern of the wood's grain, which varies depending on the species of wood. Hardwood flooring creates a bold statement, as firm to the eye as it is to the feet.

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Best for Appearance: Hardwood

Although this is largely a matter of personal preference, most people find hardwood flooring to be more attractive than carpet.

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Water and Heat Resistance

Carpet

The synthetic fibers used in most modern carpets make them highly resistant to water damage, but it's important to prevent water from seeping down into the backing layer or to the wood subfloor beneath since mold can fester down below the carpet itself. For this reason, carpet is never recommended for wet areas such as bathrooms or where spills are likely, such as in kitchens. Carpet is also easily damaged by heat, such as from burning cigarettes or hot pans. And some carpet materials can emit toxic gases if a serious home fire ignites.

Hardwood

Wood flooring is not recommended in any location where water or moisture is a constant presence, although it's often fine in a kitchen, where spills can be wiped up immediately. Nor is most wood flooring recommended for below-grade installation against a concrete slab, since ground moisture frequently seeps up through the slab. However, engineered wood flooring may be stable enough to use in these circumstances. Hardwood can be scarred by intense heat, though mild scorch marks can sometimes be sanded out and refinished.

Best for Water and Heat Resistance: Tie

Neither carpet nor hardwood flooring are recommended for damp or constantly humid conditions, such as bathrooms or basement slabs. While carpet fibers are immune to water damage, the backing fabric can foster mold and mildew. Hardwood can easily be damaged by water. Both materials can be scorched or burned by cigarettes.

Care and Cleaning

Carpet

Routine cleaning is not particularly hard with carpet since it involves simple but frequent vacuuming. But some people feel that it is impossible to fully clean carpet because stains soak in and settle permanently and because dust and micro-bacteria are easily trapped in the fibers. Carpet is regarded as a poor flooring material for people who suffer from allergies.

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Hardwood

Of the two materials, hardwood flooring is by far easier to clean. Simple sweeping or vacuuming removes loose dirt and periodic damp-mopping with a wood cleaner will remove deeper dirt and most stains.

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Best for Care and Cleaning: Hardwood

Hardwood is regarded as the easier flooring material to care for since it is less susceptible to staining and doesn't trap dust and allergens as carpet does.

Durability and Maintenance

Carpet

Routine maintenance should include frequent vacuuming, and attempting to remove stains as soon as you notice them. Occasional deep cleaning from a professional cleaning service may extend the life of your carpet, but it's rare that a carpet will last more than a decade or so.

Hardwood

Properly maintained, hardwood flooring can last for many decades, and some of the higher-end materials can last for generations. Moreover, solid hardwood can be fully sanded down and refinished when wear becomes severe. If done correctly, most floors can be sanded three or even four times over their lifespans. Between these full-scale sanding jobs, the surface varnish should be renewed every few years. This usually involves lightly abrading the finish with a sanding screen, then applying a good-quality polyurethane varnish.

Best for Durability and Maintenance: Hardwood

Hardwood flooring holds a major advantage over carpet when it comes to durability and maintenance.

Installation

Carpet

With carpet, installers first attach an underlayment pad with staples and nail down tack strips around the edges of the room. The carpet is then rolled out over the floor, stretched, and attached around the perimeter by hooking the carpet onto the tack strips. The carpet is trimmed to a precise fit as the carpet is stretched with special tools. Seams between carpet pieces are joined with heat-activated tape placed below the seams. This is no easy process, which is why it's rarely attempted by DIYers.

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Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is usually installed by laying individual rows of boards one at a time, beginning at the longest, most visible wall. Subsequent boards are installed by sliding the edge grooves into the tongues of the preceding boards, then nailing the boards to the joists with nails or stapled driven at an angle down through the tongues. If the flooring boards are unfinished, the floor is then sanded, stained, and top-coated with several coats of polyurethane varnish. However, it's more common these days for solid hardwood flooring to be prefinished at the factory, as is also true of all engineered hardwood flooring products. Hardwood flooring installation is usually done by professionals.

Best for Installation: Carpet

DIY installation is not common with either carpet or hardwood flooring, since both require special tools that few people own. But costs for professional installation are considerably higher for hardwood flooring.

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Cost

Carpet

Most carpet is considerably less expensive than most hardwood materials. And although carpeting does need to be replaced every few years, perfectly acceptable carpeting may be available for less than $1 per square foot. Costs can also run as high as $20 per square foot for the highest quality wool carpets. On average, most carpets purchased at home centers cost about $3 per square foot, installed.

Hardwood

Solid hardwood flooring costs start at around $4 per square foot and go up from there. On average, a hardwood floor costs about $5 per square foot, installed.

Best for Cost: Carpet

Carpet is a considerably less expensive flooring, but remember that you'll likely be replacing it every 10 years or so.

Lifespan

Carpet

Carpet is generally ready for replacement in 10 years or less.

Hardwood

It's not at all uncommon for hardwood flooring to last 100 years, and there are plenty of instances where a floor lasts through two or more homeowner generations.

Best for Lifespan: Hardwood

The life expectancy of a hardwood floor is so superior to that of carpet that it may even be the cheaper flooring over the lifetime of the home.

Sizes

Carpet

Carpeting is typically available in rolls 12 or 15 feet long, cut to whatever length the customer wants.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is typically sold in 48-inch-long boards, ranging in width from 1 1/2 to 4 inches wide. The thickness of solid hardwood flooring boards is usually 3/4 inches. With engineered hardwood, there is an even greater range, with planks as wide as 7 inches.

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Best for Size: Tie

There is no particular size advantage to either carpet or hardwood; it depends on your preference.

Resale Value

Carpet

Carpeting usually does not add much real estate value since it is recognized as an inexpensive, short-lived flooring material. However, new carpeting will certainly be seen as an improvement over shabby old flooring.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring commands more respect than carpeting as a design choice in residential applications. It is seen as being high-end and luxurious, both because it is a natural material and because it is much longer-lasting than carpet. Depending on the type of wood chosen and how it is finished, hardwood can create unmistakable prestige as a flooring material.

Best for Resale Value: Hardwood

Real estate professionals and prospective home buyers will much prefer hardwood flooring over carpet.

Comfort and Sound

Carpet

Perhaps the main advantage that carpet has over hardwood is its comfort. Carpet is soft and feels great beneath bare feetThis is particularly soothing in bedrooms, children's rooms, and some family and living room areas, where you want to promote an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation. Carpet is much warmer than hardwood floors, especially on a chilly winter morning. Dense carpeting with a quality bonded polyurethane padding beneath can create an R-value of 4 or more, meaning that the warmth carpeting lends to a room is very real.

The warm softness of carpet also creates a surface with excellent sound-deadening properties. With carpeting, though, the surface of the entire floor is padded and insulated so that noise won’t easily pass up or down.

The fact that carpet is so soft also makes it a particularly safe flooring choice. With hardwood, a trip or fall can result in injuries and broken objects, but carpets offer a cushioned surface throughout the room. This can be a strong consideration in homes with small children or elderly residents.

On the downside, carpet can be a poor choice for allergy sufferers, since carpets can trap dust mites and other allergens. And carpets are usually made from chemicals that may cause reactions in people who are sensitive to them. Carpet is not a "green" flooring material.

Hardwood

A major complaint about hardwood floors is that they are loud. When installed on upper levels, people below often complain that they can hear every footstep. Hardwood does hold one important comfort virtue, though. Whereas carpet can attract and hold dust and microorganisms, hardwood is easily swept or damp-mopped free of these particles, which can be troublesome for allergy sufferers.

Hardwood can also be appealing to those concerned about using green building materials. Most carpeting is made largely from refined petroleum products, which are not natural in any way. Hardwood is a natural material made from trees that can be replanted and renewed. However, when buying hardwood materials, you do want to do a little research and make sure that they are being harvested by an ecologically sound company in an environmentally friendly way.

Best for Comfort and Sound: Carpet

For immediate comfort, carpet has a clear advantage over hardwood. But homeowners dedicated to "green" building materials will put a premium on the natural quality of solid hardwood flooring.

The Verdict

By most standards of comparison, hardwood flooring is clearly superior to carpet, with better longevity, more elegant appearance, and better real estate value. But carpet can be a good choice where comfort is your primary concern, or where budget is an issue. Just be prepared to replace the carpet every 10 years or so.

Top Brands

Some companies specialize in hardwood floors, others in carpet, but a number of large flooring corporations have a good selection of both. Some of the major companies that sell both carpet and hardwood flooring include:

  • Shaw: This is the biggest flooring company in the U.S., with subsidiary brands that include Daltile, Pergo, and Marazzi. They make not only hardwood flooring and carpet, but also tile and laminates.
  • Mohawk: Another flooring giant, this company is best known for carpet but also manufactures a broad range of wood flooring and other flooring materials.

Carpet:

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  • Dupont: This very popular brand makes some of the most durable and softest carpets available. Most popular are carpets making use of the proprietary Sorona fibers.
  • Stainmaster: This company is a major player in the carpet industry, with offerings for all needs and price ranges.

Wood flooring:

  • Bruce: Once owned by Armstrong, Bruce is now owned by AIP (American Industrial Partners). It makes a wide range of solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring.
  • Carlisle: This company makes unique and quite expensive wide-plank hardwood flooring.

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FAQs

Comparing Carpet and Hardwood Flooring? ›

By most standards of comparison, hardwood flooring is clearly superior to carpet, with better longevity, more elegant appearance, and better real estate value. But carpet can be a good choice where comfort is your primary concern, or where budget is an issue. Just be prepared to replace the carpet every 10 years or so.

Why do people prefer hardwood floors over carpet? ›

In terms of durability and longevity, hardwood flooring is the obvious winner. Hardwood floors are composed of durable materials that can last 50 to 100 years if properly maintained. Carpets, however, typically only last as long as the quality of the material.

Do people prefer hardwood floors over carpet? ›

While most people prefer hardwood over carpet, there are many who do enjoy the benefits of carpet, especially for the bedrooms. While 90% of buyers prefer hardwood for the living room/dining room/family room areas, the jury is more split on the bedrooms, generally with 60% preferring hardwood and 40% carpet.

Why is carpet not popular? ›

Today, carpet is often seen as outdated, dingy, and even unsanitary, trapping pests, dust, and moisture deep below the surface.

Do home buyers prefer carpet or hardwood in bedrooms? ›

Dawn Wilson, Keller Williams: “Most buyers prefer hardwood. For selling purposes, it is better to have hardwood. If there is not hardwood in the home already, and it is cost prohibitive to put hardwood in, then in most cases, new carpet should be put in prior to resale. Buyers like tile flooring in the bathrooms.

Is carpet in homes outdated? ›

Though hardwood is incredibly popular, carpeting is making a comeback, in part due to the innovative new options on the market. Carpet is a great choice for bedrooms, dens, or basements where hardwood can feel too cold and sterile, or any room where there is a risk of water damage.

Does carpet decrease home value? ›

"Having brand new, fresh carpet increases the value of the home because it is the main focal point of the room (along with the paint) that buyers see when they tour a property," explains Samuel.

What flooring adds the most value to a home? ›

Hard surface flooring will give you the best return on investment, or ROI. Hardwood will be your best bet with the highest ROI since it's the long-standing preferred flooring choice. If you currently have hardwood floors, consider refinishing them if they need a little pick me up.

Is wood flooring colder than carpet? ›

We'll never change the fact that as a material, wood feels colder underfoot than carpet; however engineered wooden floorboards, as opposed to solid wood flooring, are much more suitable to be used with underfloor heating systems.

What color hardwood floor is best for resale? ›

Dark stained hardwood flooring is by far the best selection when it comes to overall popularity and resale value. Some of the best darks stains for wood are espresso, dark walnut, and antique brown. These darker colors often give way to more color combinations since they do not lean towards a yellow or orange tint.

What rooms should have carpet? ›

The best rooms to carpet are bedrooms and playrooms. Family rooms, hallways and stairways can also benefit from carpeting but these high traffic areas will suffer more wear on the carpet over time. As a rule, entry rooms and rooms most likely to see high traffic or lots of messes should not be carpeted.

In what rooms is carpeting a poor choice Why? ›

In what rooms is carpeting a poor choice? Why? Bathrooms or kitchens. Any area where water or moisture is constant issue.

Is carpet dirtier than hardwood? ›

Even if you vacuum daily, carpeting is dirtier than hardwood. You can always use a carpet cleaner, but it is more difficult and time-consuming than it is to maintain a wood floor. Generally, carpeting is less attractive than wood floors; however, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Is it cheaper to install carpet or hardwood floors? ›

Price. When you need to replace flooring, carpet is generally cheaper than hardwood. You'll find plenty of styles, textures and types on the market with price ranges to fit any budget. Plus, since carpet is easier to install than hardwood, DIYers can save on installation costs too.

Does replacing carpet with hardwood increase value? ›

Conclusion. Hardwood floors are one of the best flooring options for homeowners looking to increase the resale value of their home, with hardwood typically yielding around a 75% return on investment.

Should you put the same flooring throughout your house? ›

There is absolutely no need to change flooring from room to room. We often work with homeowners who feel the urge to pick a different flooring for every room of their home, but there is absolutely no need to do this. Your home will look best if you create one consistent look that travels from room to room.

Is carpeting making a comeback in 2022? ›

Carpet is making a welcome comeback for 2022. Whichever room you are decorating, it's worth making a fuss of the floor. In a living room, we recommend a statement rug or carpet. Not only will it ground the room but it can serve as the starting point from which to build the scheme.

What is the most popular carpet color for 2021? ›

The 10 most popular carpet colours of 2021 were:
  • Black: 15,460 monthly searches.
  • White: 12,680 monthly searches.
  • Green: 11,780 monthly searches.
  • Brown: 10,190 monthly searches.
  • Beige: 7,690 monthly searches.
  • Patterned: 5,870 monthly searches.
  • Pink: 5,350 monthly searches.
  • Silver: 4,240 monthly searches.
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What style carpet is most popular? ›

Twisted pile carpet is the most popular style of carpet and comes in a large variety of colors. The yarn has been tightly twisted and the loops are cut to become this style of carpeting.

What are current flooring trends? ›

While natural looks are still popular, more and more people are seeking out decorative flooring. Geometric patterns are huge in tile, carpet, and vinyl, and that trend will keep growing. Be on the lookout for decorative and graphic styles like parquet, trellis, and designer shapes.

What color carpet is best for selling a house? ›

Light-colored neutrals generally work best, as they help the space to feel larger. However, many homebuyers will be put off by white carpet, as they will worry about how they will keep it clean. So go with a light beige, taupe, or warm gray tone; cool grays can feel uninviting.

Which is better light or dark wood floors? ›

With dark hardwood floors, you'll enjoy: Long-lasting color: Its color makes dark hardwood prone to absorbing sunlight, while light hardwood reflects it. Over time, you'll find that your dark flooring results in less sun damage, retaining its dark sheen for longer.

What type of flooring is timeless? ›

Hardwood floors

Real hardwood flooring has been around all throughout history and right the way up until the present day, making it the most obvious choice for a timeless style of flooring. Wood will never look outdated in your home, so you don't have to worry about its timelessness being restrictive in any way.

How often should you replace carpet in a home? ›

Carpet fibers often become matted and frayed within just 3-5 years. A carpet can only be expected to last 5-15 years from installation, so if your carpet it starting to look a little beat-up then it's probably time to replace it. Areas that see the most wear and tear are usually the hallways, stairs, and living areas.

In what rooms is carpeting a poor choice Why? ›

In what rooms is carpeting a poor choice? Why? Bathrooms or kitchens. Any area where water or moisture is constant issue.

Is carpet in homes outdated? ›

Though hardwood is incredibly popular, carpeting is making a comeback, in part due to the innovative new options on the market. Carpet is a great choice for bedrooms, dens, or basements where hardwood can feel too cold and sterile, or any room where there is a risk of water damage.

What rooms should have carpet? ›

The best rooms to carpet are bedrooms and playrooms. Family rooms, hallways and stairways can also benefit from carpeting but these high traffic areas will suffer more wear on the carpet over time. As a rule, entry rooms and rooms most likely to see high traffic or lots of messes should not be carpeted.

Does replacing carpet with hardwood increase value? ›

Conclusion. Hardwood floors are one of the best flooring options for homeowners looking to increase the resale value of their home, with hardwood typically yielding around a 75% return on investment.

Hardwood flooring is becoming a popular alternative to carpeting for bedrooms. Its design virtues and durability make it a great long-term choice.

Solid unfinished planks : Traditionally, solid hardwood flooring boards were installed, then stained and finished in place.. This type of hardwood can be sanded down and refinished several times over the life of the floor, but it has gradually lost its popularity to prefinished hardwood products.. This makes hardwood more expensive than most carpet and other flooring options, such as vinyl .. Be aware, though, that these engineered hardwood flooring products do not have the longevity of solid hardwood plank floors, and most cannot be sanded and refinished multiple times, as you can with solid hardwood flooring.. Nearly all of the giant brands in flooring now offer prefinished hardwood floor products in both solid and engineered forms.. While it is not as soft as carpet, the traditional bedroom flooring choice, hardwood is still a warm, welcoming feature when used as a floor surface for bedrooms.

Hardwood flooring costs $6 to $11 per square foot to install on average, with high-end prices ranging from $12 to $23 per square foot for materials and labor.

Whether you opt for traditional hardwood materials or engineered hardwood flooring, you need to choose an option that makes sense for you and your home.. Hardwood Floor Installation Costs. Traditional Wood Flooring Costs Engineered Hardwood Costs Hardwood Flooring Prices By Type Hardwood Flooring Pros And Cons Hardwood Floor Finishes Hardwood Flooring Sizes Additional Costs Estimating Your Costs & How to Save Selecting Your Flooring Contractor Hardwood Floor Installers Near Me Hardwood flooring installation costs $6 to $23 per square foot with most homeowners spending between $8 and $15 per square foot on average.. The cost of new wood floors ranges from $6 to $13 per square foot while engineered hardwood is slightly more expensive at an average of $6 to $15 per square foot for both materials and installation.. These typically cost anywhere between $8 to $15 per square foot, in addition to $4 to $8 per square foot for installation.. Installing engineered hardwood costs $6 to $11 per square foot on the low end, all the way up to $12 to $23 per square foot for exotic hardwoods.. The cost of material will be between $3 and $5 per square foot, and depending on the complexity of the project/layout, installation can cost anywhere between $3 and $9 per square foot.. These typically cost around $8 to $14 per square foot, with installation costs remaining the same.. Certain high-end engineered hardwoods are priced between $10 and $13 per square foot such as Engineered Heart Pine or Engineered White Ash.. Ash is durable and typically tough to stain hardwood.. It works great in high-traffic areas, and prices range from $3 to $6 per square foot .. Whether you prefer bamboo or red oak, traditional hardwood costs less than engineered wood types.. Not being as hard as the polyurethane finish, the finish can damage more easily, but you can take care of nicks and scratches by applying more oil and allowing it to soak in.. A solid wood floor can last from 20 to 160 years without a refinish, depending on its thickness and quality.. Also, hardwood floors add value to a home.

Mohawk Industries is one of the biggest manufacturers of flooring in the world. They have been in the carpet business since the late 1800s and remain a true leader in the industry when it comes to innovation. They are also home to several other brands you may be familiar with including ... Read More

With over 8,000 styles of carpet available, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by all of the options Mohawk has available.. The basic series provides you with 20 years on abrasive wear, texture retention, fade resistance, and manufacturing defects while the other lines are rated for 25 years and have a transferable warranty.. Allure is their premium series, and it has top-tier stain and soil resistance built-in along with some additional help from Scotchgard.. A Remarkable Development in Premium Soft Nylon. Mohawk Air.o Soft Flooring is unique for a variety of reasons, but it all starts with how it’s made.. When compared to SmartStrand, this carpet isn’t quite as resilient against wear and tear, and you won’t get the All Pet Protection guarantee.. Both styles come with lifetime stain resistance, and a 10-year guarantee against wear and texture retention, manufacturing defects and soil resistance.. This carpeting comes with a 10-year warranty against general stains, soiling, and manufacturing defects, but only has 5-years on texture retention, abrasive wear and fade resistance.. Mohawk Flooring makes premium carpeting , but as you can see from our breakdown, they have a collection to suit everyone’s needs.. Excellent warranties and products with a price point for most consumers.. While the company has other alternatives that would work well with pets , SmartStrand comes with the company’s All Pet Protection plan.

Laminate flooring is an easy-to-install alternative to hardwood flooring. Learn the pros and cons of laminate vs. solid hardwood flooring.

Solid hardwood flooring is often regarded as the real deal, with laminate flooring occupying the next rung down as an inexpensive way to simulate the look of real hardwood flooring.. Solid hardwood floor and laminate flooring each have their own place, with their own unique set of values as well as challenges.. Solid hardwood flooring, as the name suggests, is comprised of flooring boards that are solid hardwood material through and through.. The Spruce / Margot Cavin. No real debate here: Solid hardwood flooring is far more attractive than laminate flooring.. Solid hardwood flooring can be damaged by standing water and floods, and even installation against concrete slabs is frowned up (engineered hardwood flooring is a better choice in these situations).. Neither laminate nor solid hardwood flooring are ideal flooring materials for truly wet locations, but laminate is somewhat better for humid locations, such as installation against concrete slabs.. While laminate flooring can be installed below grade, it is still not the best flooring for basements.. Laminate flooring can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of solid hardwood flooring.. Laminate floors have a considerably shorter life than solid hardwood flooring.. Laminate flooring will never pass for real hardwood to the discerning eye, but it can be a serviceable flooring for many situations.. Shaw Flooring Shaw Flooring offers many flooring projects, ranging from bargain laminates to quite expensive solid hardwoods.

Want to replace your RV carpet? Here are tips and recommendations for the best RV flooring replacements. Includes pros, cons, costs, and weights. Plus a free worksheet to help.

Before choosing what to replace your RV flooring with, consider how often you use your RV, whether you have pets or kids (or grandkids), and what weight limitations your RV may have.. Average Wood Flooring Weight Installed- 1.5-2 pounds Per Square Foot- so adding another 200 pounds for 100 square foot area to your RV cargo weight!. Pros- Easy to install with interlocking planks 100% Waterproof so no warping or buckling like wood floors Doesn’t absorb odors like carpet so great for pets and kids Lighter than tile and wood. If you have a lot of cracked or broken tiles in your RV, or your floors are uneven or warped, you may be better off replacing all of the flooring.. We picked LifeProof™ Rigid Core Vinyl Plank Flooring to replace our RV carpet.. Proper floor preparation is the key to a great RV floor replacement. Once you choose your flooring color make sure to purchase all of your flooring and trim at the same time.. Utility Knife and extra blades Measuring Tape Utility Gloves to use when pulling up carpet Duct tape or any strong tape to hold rolls of carpet closed to make it easy to move it Pencils Pull Bar Square Multi-Tool (not necessary but very helpful) it helps when making for L shaped cuts or under door jams Rubber Mallet Hammer Straight Edge 1/4” (6mm) Spacers (Tip- we used paint stir sticks as spacers- perfect size and easy to handle instead of tiny spacers) Profiled Tapping Block (Tip- we just used a piece of scrap from one of the trimmed pieces of flooring) Kneeling Pad Eye Protection Broom and vacuum. A Flush Floor Slide is an RV slide that when the slide is extended, the floor of the slide drops down to meet the main floor.

If you’re looking for pet-friendly flooring, consider these options to find the best flooring for dogs that both you and your pup will love.

If you’re wondering how to choose new flooring that aligns with your style and can also withstand the wear and tear that comes with owning dogs, read on to learn the best options to best suit you and your dog’s needs, or jump to the infographic below for more tips.. Once you know what to look for, read on to compare some of the best dog-friendly flooring options and decide on a floor type that works best for both you and your dog.. Thanks to the advancement of today’s flooring technology, the high definition imagery of modern porcelain tiles gives it a highly realistic appearance of natural stones and even hardwood floors.. Today’s vinyl flooring options can replicate the look of genuine hardwood flooring and other natural materials like stone or tile, with the added benefit of being more scratch-resistant and long-lasting.. Luxury vinyl plank: Vinyl flooring designed in planks that mimic the look of traditional hardwood floors, with a softer underfoot than vinyl tile.. The affordability and durability of luxury vinyl make this one of the best choices for pet owners who want pristine-looking floors that will withstand the wear and tear of pets.. For those who don’t want to sacrifice the look of genuine hardwood floors, engineered hardwood flooring is a cost-effective alternative.. While it isn’t as scratch- or moisture-resistant as other flooring types, there are protective finishing options that can make this a viable option for pet owners.. Bamboo flooring is one of the strongest flooring materials available, and is resistant to major damage.. Cork is a unique, eco-friendly flooring material that checks most of the boxes for pet-friendly flooring.. If you’re planning to install new flooring as a pet owner, there are certain types of floors that are best avoided.. Adopting a quick daily floor cleaning routine can significantly reduce the amount of effort you have to put into maintaining your floors.. While no flooring is 100 percent pet-proof, it’s still possible to find floors you love that can withstand the wear and tear that come with owning a dog.. With different options like waterproof flooring and scratch-resistant finishes, there are endless possibilities to finding the right floors that fit your lifestyle.. For more guidance on how to choose the right flooring for your home, our flooring experts are available to answer your questions and offer personalized recommendations to suit your needs.

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