Wood Floors vs Carpets – 5 Huge Differences

Choosing the right floors for your home is a big decision. You’ll be walking on them, sitting on them and of course looking at them for years to come. For many, that choice comes down to either wood floors or carpets.

While these are two of the most popular options, there’s quite a bit that separates them. In this post, we’ll look at 5 huge differences between wood floors and carpets.

1. Cleaning

Because they’re made from woven fabric, carpets provide the perfect environment for dirt and bacteria to gather. As a result, they need cleaning several times a week to keep them in a decent condition. Even then, a deep clean is required once or twice a year to reduce the number of germs sitting within the fibres.

In contrast, wood floors provide a solid surface which dirt and germs can’t penetrate. They require much less maintenance than carpets, with a weekly clean usually enough for most.

2. Allergies

Linking to the point above, wood floors are much better when it comes to allergies. Again, carpets inherently hold allergens like pollen and dust which can trigger problems like asthma and hay fever. With wood floors, you can easily clean the surface to make sure you can breathe easy in your home.

3. Durability

Wood floors are incredibly hard-wearing. Unfortunately, this is an area where carpets simply can’t compete. Dropped food, spilt drinks and just general footfall can leave your carpets looking worse for wear in a matter of months.

If you’re lucky, your carpet will last 5-10 years before it needs replacing. For wood floors, the figure goes into decades…

4. Restoration

Wood floors will naturally outlast carpets by several years. But that’s not even the end of the road. When a wood floor begins to look worse for wear, it can be completely restored to give it a new lease of life.

Engineered wood floors can be sanded down and refinished once or twice, while solid hardwood flooring can be sanded numerous times. Unfortunately, there’s no way to refresh an old carpet. A deep clean will remove some of the dirt, but in general it will simply need replacing.

5. Style

While we could talk for hours about the performance and longevity of wood flooring compared to carpets, the biggest difference comes when you see the two in situ.

Carpets are a standard floor covering which look okay in almost any home. Wood flooring is a stunning feature that can single-handedly transform any room. It adds depth, character and a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’, which makes every customer fall in love with their new floors.

Make a choice you won’t regret

Installing wood floors is a decision you’ll look back on fondly for decades to come. At Greyspace Flooring, we make that decision even easier, with a selection of beautiful wood flooring products at our Sheffield Showroom.

Once you’ve chosen the perfect wood flooring, our team will install it flawlessly at a time that suits you. Want to find out more? Get in touch with us today.

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