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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Initially, carpet will be less expensive to install. As of October 2009, basic carpet costs averaged $3 per square foot, not including installation.
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.
Up-front out-of-pocket expenses will be more for hardwood flooring not only because of material cost but installation will cost more also.
Installation costs vary greatly depending on the company you use and where you live.
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.
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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