Carpet vs. Hardwood: Which is Best for My Home?

Posted by on Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 5:20pm

When it comes to creating the perfect living space, there are many decisions you must make. The flooring can be one of the most difficult as you want a material with outstanding durability, easy maintenance, and incredible appearance. Deciding between two of the most popular options — carpet or hardwood — can be extremely challenging. Let’s take a look at the differences between each type to help you determine which is the best choice for your Jacksonville home.


Several Jacksonville homeowners choose carpet due to the comfort and feel of the flooring. This material creates a more comfortable and soft feel and many choose to install it in bedrooms and family rooms where they want to relax and rest.

In addition, carpet allows homeowners to add a more customized look. There are all types of colors, patterns, designs, and even cuts of carpet. And, this means you can create a very specific and beautiful appearance for your home.  

Carpet is also a cost-friendly solution but this depends greatly on the type of product you choose. Additionally, it can last between 10 to 15 years as long as it is taken care of well. It doesn’t need to be cleaned as often as hardwood but it’s easy to ruin it with spills and messes.


Hardwood flooring creates a very classic and timeless design to a living space. It goes well with a variety of décor and interior design trends, making it very appealing to many homeowners. You can also create a more customized look to a living space with your hardwood flooring by choosing a specific wood and coloring. Many common types of hardwood flooring include oak, walnut, and pine.

Keep in mind that true hardwood will have a large upfront cost. You can expect to pay anywhere from $9 to more than $30 per square foot for the wood. But, this flooring will also last for 50 years or greater, making it an excellent investment.

Wood is also very simple to clean. You can quickly sweep, mop, or vacuum it. If spills or messes occur on the floor, it is very simple to clean, making this an excellent option for homes with pets or children. If you live near one of the beautiful Jacksonville beaches, sand and other debris may track into your home and hardwood makes these messes simple to clean.

When choosing the right flooring for your home, it all comes down to your personal preference, current lifestyle, and budget. For more help staging and upgrading your Jacksonville home, buying or selling a property, or choosing a quality real estate agent, contact Jacksonville real estate agent Krista Fracke today.

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