Choosing Between Carpet and Hardwood for Your Oahu Home Renovation

Oahu Home Renovation

As you get ready for your Oahu home renovation, you will find yourself faced with various decisions when it comes to choosing the right fixtures and furnishing for your home. One of these decisions is about your flooring choices.

Carpet and hardwood are the two most common flooring options, but choosing between them isn’t always an easy task. In fact, you might even find yourself using both in your home design, each in a different location. 

Understanding the differences between these materials is key when it comes to choosing the right flooring for your home so that you can make an informed decision about which location is best for each material.

  • Cleaning:

Both hardwood and carpet should be cleaned easily. 

However, hardwood can be vacuumed or dusted to remove loose dirt, and should only be periodically damp-mopped with a wood cleaner. 

Carpet, on the other, should be vacuumed frequently to remove dirt. Furthermore, it can be difficult to completely clean carpet because some stains soak in and settle permanently, and dust can get caught in the fibers. This makes carpet a poor choice for people suffering from allergies.

Neither carpet nor hardwood is recommended for areas where water or moisture is constantly present, like in bathrooms, as the damp can damage them. Furthermore, because stains can settle into carpet, it also is not recommended for use in kitchens, though hardwood is fine as spills can be easily and quickly mopped up.

  • Comfort:

Hardwood is much louder than carpet. Carpet has excellent sound-muffling qualities as it pads the entire floor, which means that sound doesn’t easily travel up or down to people on other levels. 

Furthermore, carpet is much more comfortable under your feet than hardwood. Unlike hardwood, carpet creates a soft surface to walk on and is much warmer to the touch. This makes it a particularly effective choice for locations such as a child’s room or the main family area. However, when choosing to lay carpet in these areas, it should be remembered that it may not be the best option if someone in your home suffers from dust or pollen allergies.

  • Cost:

This is often one of the biggest concerns when selecting any element for your Oahu home renovation. Carpet is considerably less expensive than hardwood and can be available for anything from $1-$20 per square foot, depending on the material and quality that you choose. 

On the other hand, hardwood flooring costs start at $4 and then go up from there, depending on the type of wood and other considerations. However, it should be noted that hardwood has a significantly longer lifespan than carpet – while carpet needs to be replaced every 10-15, hardwood can last for up to 100 years.

These are only some of the considerations that go into choosing the right flooring for your renovated home. If you’d like to discuss more options, you can contact R. Clary Builders at (808) 263-4463 or find out more about us by Visiting our Website – we would love to answer any questions that you may have!