Cost Comparison of Wood Floors Vs. Carpeting

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Cost Comparison of Wood Floors Vs. Carpeting
Cost Comparison of Wood Floors Vs. Carpeting (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Simon Koležnik)

Deciding on the right type of flooring is a matter of preference and affordability. Depending on the amount of area to cover and the use the flooring will receive play a part in cost comparison.

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Carpet

Initially, carpet will be less expensive to install. As of October 2009, basic carpet costs averaged $3 per square foot, not including installation.

Cost Comparison of Wood Floors Vs. Carpeting
Carpeted flooring (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Alex Brown)

Hardwoods

Prices for initially installing hardwood floors will be more expensive. As of October 2009, basic hardwoods costs averaged $5 per square foot, not including installation.

Cost Comparison of Wood Floors Vs. Carpeting
Hardwood flooring (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Derrick Tyson)

Cost Difference

Up-front out-of-pocket expenses will be more for hardwood flooring not only because of material cost but installation will cost more also.

Significance

Installation costs vary greatly depending on the company you use and where you live.

Considerations

Determine what the area is used for. Carpet in rentals will have to be replaced often, but in a guest bedroom in a home, it can last for years.

Final Thoughts

If you choose carpet but have to replace it every two years, hardwood flooring in the long run will cost less because it last many years.

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