Beyond the obvious aesthetic benefits, selecting engineered hardwood flooring over carpet for your home has many other clear advantages that makes it easy to see why hardwood is a popular choice for many Austin homeowners. In this post we will list a handful of reasons why you might want to go with hardwood rather than carpet.
One of the perks of hardwood floors, or really any other hard surface floor rather than carpet means much easier cleaning.
Sweeping and disinfecting hardwood can be more effective than even the most thorough vacuuming of carpet. Even if you steam your carpet, the carpet will never, as clean or look as good as it does the day you purchased it. With hardwood, with every cleaning you floors will look and feel like new.
The Longer Lifespan of Hardwood
There’s a reason some of the most historic homes with hardwood were able to retain their original flooring. The average life of carpet in a household is between 3 to 5 years while the average life of hardwood floors is over 20 years with engineered hardwood floors often having a lifespan of over 40 years. When carpet is worn out, it can only be replaced, whereas many hardwood floors, even engineered hardwood can often be refinished. Not only is refinishing more cost-effective than carpet replacement, refinishing also gives the homeowner the opportunity to change the look of their floors at a discount compared to replacing carpet.
Your Home’s Resale Value
Harwood can also have positive impacts to your home value. According to the National Association of Realtors, buyers are willing to spend $2,080 more on a house with hardwood flooring. What we found is that in the Austin real estate market buyers are willing to pay much more than if a home has hardwood floors vs carpet. And if we consider new construction that has engineered hardwood vs carpet we have seen here in Austin that between 2015 and 2018 builders charge up to $60,000.00 more for the same home if they furnished the home with a hardwood instead of carpet.
Carpets Harbors Allergens
Dust, pet hair, and other allergens are more difficult to remove from carpet flooring. With a vacuum-especially, if you don’t have a HEPA filter-you could potentially only be blowing allergens into other parts of a room.
Need assistance finding the perfect hardwood flooring fit for your new home? Millennium Hardwood can help walk you through our many flooring options and install your favorite design into your Austin area home. Contact us today to get started.