Hardwood Flooring or Carpet?

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  1. bodycount profile image60
    bodycountposted 13 years ago

    Hardwood Flooring or Carpet? Or maybe a little of both?

    This is a question I've been asked many many times

    I personally would love to get your opinion on this subject.
    Of course being a wood flooring tech i'm a little bit bias but i still would really like to get your input on this subject and try to help supply you with the Pros/Cons on the matter.

    Search for (Hardwood flooring tech tips) for more info
    (This is a poll. I'm not trying to Promote my hub)
    You can choose to respond to quinones77@msn.com if you like

    Chris Quinones
    A.K.A TeakDreams/Bodycount

    1. Stimp profile image61
      Stimpposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I have a shepherd dog, an american eskie dog, a persian cat, a medium haired cat, and a short haired cat....along with crumb spilling children and a sloppy fiance living under one roof.....I WAY prefer hardwood....easier to clean, to keep clean.

    2. mr. daydream profile image60
      mr. daydreamposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      A freshly waxed hardwood floor can be a beauty, as long as there's no staples from a previous rug or splinters sticking out of it. But, I'd take a new plush carpet in the living and bedroom anyday.

  2. figment profile image77
    figmentposted 13 years ago

    Hardwood flooring and ceramic tile

  3. profile image0
    StormRyderposted 13 years ago

    My house was built in 1888 and has hardwood in every room and it is absolutely gorgeous with a nice mahogany inlay boarder that winds around the outer edges...I love it..In fact the entire house has beautiful woodwork and it has never been painted over, which is in it's self amazing..All the original window also...not the most energy efficient but awesome any way!

  4. bodycount profile image60
    bodycountposted 13 years ago

    Hey thanks guys and gals! for the reply

    @Stormryder you have a precious jewel take care of it! If you need any input let me know! I'll be glad to help you out in any way possible. BTW (By the way) try if you can to get some new energy efficient windows to cut back on moisture and lower your heating bill and it will prolong the life span of your beautiful floors.

    Thanks sincerely


    1. Manna in the wild profile image62
      Manna in the wildposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      The amount of dirt and dust that accumulates in carpet is astounding. For this reason alone, hard floor surfaces are king. Three things should be considered for wooden floors:

      1) Durable, repairable finish.
      2) Some underfloor sound proofing for second-floor installs.
      3) Use glue - not just nails.

      Hardwood floors are easy to clean. Carpet is tough work in comparison.

  5. bodycount profile image60
    bodycountposted 13 years ago

    Hi, figment

    Do you have radinant heat under your ceramic tile?


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    sophsposted 13 years ago

    Definately hardwood flooring smile It gets so dusty though sad

    1. Manna in the wild profile image62
      Manna in the wildposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      .. so do carpets. And the dust stays in hard. ;-)

  7. heart4theword profile image60
    heart4thewordposted 13 years ago

    Both, put hardwood floors in the traffic areas, carpet in bedrooms, and livingroom area, where you want to unwind:)  It does make things better, in not having to have carpets cleaned so often:)

  8. Beth100 profile image71
    Beth100posted 13 years ago

    Hardwood...have you seen what hides in carpet?  If you saw it, you would never consider carpet again.  As for dust bunnies on hardwood, they're much easier to take care of than what's in the carpet!

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      Justine76posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I agree 100 percent. If you dont like cold floors in your bedroom, get a machine washable area rug.

      1. Stimp profile image61
        Stimpposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Or get in-floor heating.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 13 years ago

    Hardwood becauce I really love a good rug.smile

  10. earnestshub profile image84
    earnestshubposted 13 years ago

    Carpet in the bedroom, otherwise you have to chase your bed around the bedroom as it wheels itself away when you go to get into bed! Drives me nuts! lol

  11. Has_aWayWithWords profile image63
    Has_aWayWithWordsposted 13 years ago

    Bamboo flooring is a great way to go with a wood floor and stay eco friendly. Reclaimed hardwoods are a great option too but can be costly to refinish. Carpet is my preference in a bedroom but any other room I prefer a wood floor.

  12. Urbane Chaos profile image89
    Urbane Chaosposted 13 years ago

    It depends on what kind of hardwood flooring and what kind of carpeting.  A base grade commercial cut pile (like the crap they have in apartments) is basically worthless, but a top grade Berber or Frieze would stand up to any hardwood flooring over time.

    It also depends on what the area is going to be used for.  If it's in a wet area like bathrooms or kitchens, I'd stay away from both.  Areas where spills are common, like dining rooms, I'd certainly go with wood, although there are a lot of highly stain resistant carpets out there. 

    And then, it depends on the durability of the product and how much one wants to maintain it.  Wood has to be buffed and waxed occasionally, which is a lot more expensive than using a vacuum and renting a steam cleaner.

    Personally, I prefer carpet, as it's not as permanent as wood.  I like to change styles every now and then. big_smile

  13. elayne001 profile image82
    elayne001posted 13 years ago

    I prefer carpet in the bedrooms but the rest of the house is great with hardwood. If you have children, the carpet just gets dirty so frequently. At least you can easily clean the wood. It is pretty too. Just find a gorgeous rug to give a little color to the room.

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    Ghost32posted 13 years ago


    No, seriously!  In the house I'm building, I plan to go with (a) a layer of moisture-barrier plastic sheeting, (b) a layer of cheap (though getting more expensive by the day) strand board, and finally (c) a layer of half-inch thick rubber flooring of the type used by horse people to protect the critters' hooves and legs in concrete-floored stalls.  The stuff comes in basic black, four foot wide rolls...

    1100 square feet to cover, total flooring cost maybe $2,000, and my wife with her osteoporosis and balance problems may (hopefully) bounce more and break bones less.

    1. earnestshub profile image84
      earnestshubposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That sounds good for sore backs too. I like it soft underfoot. smile

  15. bodycount profile image60
    bodycountposted 13 years ago

    Thanks for all the replys.
    But yeah Beth pretty much hit the nail on the head!
    Many many jobs were replacing a customers carpet with hardwood
    from multi million dollar homes to apartments you would not believe what lurks in there it doesn't matter how clean and meticulous the person is. I've seen socks turn black from getting swarmed be fleas and yes given they had a flea problem
    point is fleas and other tiny and microscopic critters need a home too! You wont exacty see them hanging out and congregating
    on your coffee table or tile floors. I'll add some info and pictures on my hub soon pertaining to this matter


  16. bodycount profile image60
    bodycountposted 13 years ago

    I'm sorry but now i'm really gonna upset you guys..and..gals

    Bacteria, Asphalt, Car exhaust, Chemicals, Dirt, Dust, Dust mites! (that breed! Among others), Earth, Food particles, Germs, Fungus, Gravel, Grease, Grime, Hair, Grit, Lint, Mud, Mold, Pet stains, Pollens,(Pollutants of all kinds), Rock, Sand, (Smoke, ohhh big one! loves to stick in there and say Hi!), Scum, Soil, Soot, Tar, Urine, (Dog waste from the backyard something i deal with on a daily basis with a Yellow Lab and young) and finally Vomit from your buddys drinking too much!. i'm sorry i know i love carpet too! It's just something to be aware of.. and I'll be the first to say NO i'm not a germaphobe i've just seen too much.

    Thanks for reading

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    A Texanposted 13 years ago

    Gotta go with carpet the acoustics are way better!

  18. WriteAngled profile image77
    WriteAngledposted 13 years ago

    I'd love to have stone tiles in the kitchen and bathroom and a wood floor in the living area. Unfortunately, I can't afford it so am stuck with icky beige carpet and cheap laminate which were already here when I bought the house sad

  19. Rafini profile image71
    Rafiniposted 13 years ago

    I would love to have hardwood rather than carpet.  I much prefer to sweep than vacuum!  lol

  20. Betty Reid profile image60
    Betty Reidposted 13 years ago

    I agree with Beth100 and bodycount.  A wood or cement floor just seems cleaner.

    1. Baylee01 profile image61
      Baylee01posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I too agree with you both that these wood and cement floor seems cleaner. Wood flooring will always look gorgeous. Wood flooring must be maintained properly with less care. There are some things that the person must care for while picking discount wood flooring are the budget, the type of wood, the design and so many other things and the most important is the maintenance that is required.

  21. starme77 profile image79
    starme77posted 13 years ago

    I prefer hardwood flooring, I used to sand and refinish them, its a heck of a job , but only needs to be done , like every 15 years or so. The problem I ran into with carpeting is allergies with my daughter, she dosnt have them anymore since we moved into this house it has all hardwood floors, it also helps out with puppy potty training as its easier to clean up lol smile


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