Is my house healthier if I put down hard wood floors vs. carpet?

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to install carpet or wood flooring in your home. Cost, noise, cleanliness and health are all important things to think about. Here’s a little guidance that may help you make a decision!


Costs vary widely in both carpet and wood flooring purchase options. There are a wide variety of different types of carpet (berber, plush, etc.) and an equally wide variety of wood flooring types (hardwood, bamboo, etc.) Your best bet is to try to set a cost ceiling, or aim for the level of quality you prefer. From there, your decision should get easier.


One thing carpet has over wood flooring is carpet’s ability to dampen noise. Though you can soften the echoes in a house with wood flooring by strategically placing area rugs, you’ll still lose the cozy, plush experience of a well-carpeted room.


There’s no way around the fact that it’s easier to clean up liquid spills from wood flooring. An improperly treated spill in carpet can lead to unsightly stains, mildew or mold, and bacterial growth. The same spill on wood flooring would simply get wiped up and forgotten.

Here’s where things get tricky, though. One might think that hardwood floor would be better for allergy sufferers, because one could just sweep and mop often, removing possible irritants. However, carpet can actually help to contain allergens and keep them from drifting in the air in your home. Thorough regular professional carpet cleaning can then remove those allergens, leaving your home much more pleasant.

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