Should I replace my carpet with hardwood or tile?

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Should I replace my carpet with hardwood or tile?

Since making changes to a home’s flooring – adding, replacing, removing, etc. – is so easy and somewhat desirable (since doing so has the ability to completely change the look of a room), we wanted to provide some tips that can come in handy when making these types of decisions.

First, it is always important to keep in mind the placement of your flooring as to keep it in its best shape ever. A lot of people find it preferable to have carpet in their most used living spaces; family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms. But, because soil is the biggest enemy to your carpet, these areas are not always ideal for carpet. We do, however, understand the appeal of a soft, plush surface, so if you’re thinking about installing carpet in these types of areas, consider this:

Allow 5 to 10 feet of “walk off space” to de-soil your shoes before stepping onto your new carpets. Placing a few feet of harder flooring – such as tile or hardwood floors –around the perimeter of your carpet in these rooms would be helpful, but if you prefer a roomful of comfy carpet, simply put floor mats at all entryways to these areas from the outdoors.

The best places in your home for permanent hard flooring are bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. With the risk of fallen foods, detergents, soaps, and water, these areas will hold up well with good, steady floors that keep such soils – and others – away.

Keeping your flooring clean with regular vacuuming and yearly professional cleanings is ideal, but remember that if you’re lucky enough to have the fun and freedom of selecting, replacing, or adding your own flooring, to keep these smart placement choices in mind.