Comparing Berber Carpet to Hardwood Floors

Although carpets have remained popular over the past few years, hardwood floors have been making a comeback as well. Although both of these types of flooring will have a place in homes for many years to come, it’s essential to know the differences between them before deciding which of them to install in a home. Here are a few differences, pros and cons of Berber carpeting and hardwood flooring.

Hardwood Flooring

This flooring can be purchased from around $3 per square foot, depending on the type of hardwood chosen. Exotic woods (Mahogany, Jarrah, Canary, etc), however, can run more than $15 per foot. In many cases, installation costs are included in your purchase price, so you should budget anywhere from $10 to $35 per square foot.

Pros

  • Durability – when hardwood floors are correctly maintained, they are known to last for more than 100 years. In most cases, scuffing and scratches can be removed by sanding and refinishing the wood
  • Maintain a high resale value – hardwood flooring is a major selling feature in homes nowadays. In fact, you will not be able to boost your home’s value nearly as much if any other flooring has been installed
  • Easy to clean and maintain – unlike carpeting, hardwood is not prone to staining. Spills can easily be mopped up and only mild cleaners are needed to keep them looking good

Cons

  • Cost – hardwood is more expensive than carpeting, but it will be a great investment if the home is sold at a later stage
  • Noise – hardwood flooring will magnify the sound of footsteps and anything that is dropped on it
  • Damage – anything from sharp furniture legs to high heeled shoes can damage some types of hardwood flooring

Berber Carpeting

Berber carpeting is available in a range of mostly neutral colors and its pricing will depend on the level of quality you are looking for. On average though, you can expect to pay between $3 and $20 for material and labor.

Pros

  • Cost – Berber carpeting is far cheaper than any type of hardwood flooring – in some cases, up to 50% cheaper
  • Comfort – carpeting is a lot warmer and softer underfoot than hardwood floors. It also works as an insulator because it can prevent cold or heat from coming up through the floor
  • Easy to install – Berber carpeting is far easier to install than hardwood floors and as a result, installation costs are usually more affordable as well

Cons

  • Difficult to maintain – Berber carpets are difficult to clean and care for, especially if they are lighter colored. Some types of stains may not be able to be removed, especially if not treated immediately
  • Bad for allergy sufferers – because Berber carpets collect a lot of dust, it makes them a bad choice for allergy sufferers

If you are still unsure of whether hardwood flooring or Berber carpet will be best for your home, it will be a good idea to chat with flooring experts before making your final choice. This will enable you to get the best value for money in the long term as well.

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