Carpet vs Hardwood Flooring: A Comparison

August 19, 2020

Sometimes it can seem as though everyone has an opinion on the “best” kind of flooring for a home, but the truth is that every home is different. There are a lot of factors that can affect your decision on what kind of flooring you want in your home, including budget or cost, ease of installation and upkeep, quality, and even the people living in your home.

So, to help you out, we have broken down each essential category and provided a direct comparison of each one, so that you can make the absolute best decision for both your home and your family.

Infographic comparing carpet and hardwood flooring options by Chem-Dry


Carpet vs Hardwood: A Comparison


If budget is your main concern, here’s what you need to know.

Carpet: $3-$5 per square foot

Cheapest: Olefin, Polyester, Nylon

Most expensive: Wool

Hardwood: $8-$12 per square foot

Cheapest: Bamboo, Maple, Oak

Most expensive: Brazilian walnut, Mahogany


Cost is one thing, but how long will each surface last?

Carpet: Needs replacing every 5-15 years

Hardwood: Lasts for over 50 years


What is the upkeep like for carpet vs hardwood, and how expensive are repairs?

Carpet: Repairs cost an average $200

Hardwood: Many repairs can be done yourself through sanding and refinishing


Everyday cleaning makes a difference. Remember that Chem-Dry can help arm both types of flooring against dirt and grime with regular deep cleanings!

Carpet: Easy to clean; dirt is less visible; stains may be difficult to remove


Easy to clean; dirt is more visible/harder to hide: most surfaces do not stain easily

Other Facts & Tips


Hardwood typically has the best resale value in today’s housing market, so if you’re looking to sell your home hardwood flooring might be the best bet. However, a new carpet could also do the trick. A deep cleaning will also help to revitalize your flooring if you are selling.

USA Today found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for hardwood floors!

Best Carpet for Babies

Carpets are naturally the best option for babies, as they are softer. The best carpet for babies would either be wool for its softness or nylon for its stain resistance.

Best Carpet for Pets

Because of its stain resistance and durability, nylon is usually the best carpet for pets.