Building a house is not an easy task. One of the major considerations is whether to go with hardwood floors or carpet flooring. Everyone has their own opinion on what is a better flooring option, but there are some facts that cannot be ignored in regards to Carpet and Hardwood Flooring.

Cleanliness
Hardwood: It’s extremely important to keep your floor spotless. If you are a clean freak, then you should opt to install a hardwood floor, for they are much easier to clean. A simple brush of the broom should do the job. The dirt spots on a hardwood floor are visually noticeable and can be easily removed.


Carpet: Carpeted floors may harbor dirt, which are extremely hard to get rid of. In fact, companies which reprocess carpets stated that 35% of the weight of the carpet is composed of actual dirt. In addition, you need to use a special cleaning aid to get rid of stains on carpeted flooring.

Allergies
Hardwood:  Hardwood flooring does not collect dust or dirt from the traffic in your home, and if there is some dirt or dust present, it can be removed in a fast and easy manner. This completely reduces the risk of allergic reactions to dust, insects and bacteria within your home. Hardwood flooring is a great solution to help limit your allergies.


Carpet: Carpet is made to absorb all the dust and dirt particles within the air in your home. This process cleans the air in your home, but it fills your carpet with bacteria, dust mites, dirt and insects. These are all things which can eventually lead to severe allergic reactions, not to mention health issues and conditions.


Beauty
Hardwood:  Known as one of the oldest types of flooring there is, hardwood gives you the ability to choose from many unique styles. Hardwood floors never go out of style and are able to increase the value of your home. Hardwood is simply cozier, warmer and classier than its synthetic counterpart.


Carpet: Meanwhile, there are certain carpet floor designs that can make your flooring look elegant and sophisticated such as wool and acrylic. However these two options are not even close to the beauty of hardwood flooring.


Durability
Hardwood: Hardwood flooring is very durable and it can last from 10 to 20 years. If kept properly, it can even last for a lifetime or so. Hardwood flooring is always a valuable investment in your house or business.


Carpet: Carpets that are made from nylon are wear-resistant, durable and are good for areas where there is heavy foot traffic. However even if kept in perfect condition, it will barely last you 10-15 years. Most carpets must be changed every 5 to 6 years, almost half the life span.

Animals
Hardwood: Hardwood is by far the more animal friendly choice, for your hardwood can’t be stained or torn up by your Cat or Dog. It is also a much easier process to clean Cat and Dog feces from a hardwood floor.

Carpet: Carpet is a much easier target for your little loved ones. It can be stained, torn and scented by your Dog or Kitten. Not to mention the thousands of animal hairs that will get stuck in your carpet. If you love animals, then Carpet is probably your last flooring choice.