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Comparing Carpet and Hardwood Flooring

Are you deciding between carpet and wood flooring in Westchester County ? Redi-Cut Carpets & Window Treatments, a family-owned and operated company in Mt. Vernon, has been installing carpet, wood, and vinyl flooring since 1971. We even offer interior design consultation and interest-free financing for up to 12 months. Continue reading to learn a few facts that can help you decide between carpet and hardwood flooring.

Carpet Installation by Redi-Cut Carpets


Carpet is highly absorbent, which makes carpet cleaning quite complicated at times. Red wine, mustard, and pet stains can be very difficult to remove from carpet fibers without the help of a professional. Hardwood flooring is not as absorbent, so it’s much easier to clean up spills and prevent stains. This makes hardwood flooring especially convenient for people with pets or younger children.


If you have young children at home or if you have fragile bones, carpet may be a safer option than hardwood flooring. The rough texture of carpet provides superior traction when compared to hardwood flooring. Furthermore, carpet provides a softer landing spot than hardwood in the event of a fall.


Carpet trends come and go every few years. Moreover, carpet tends to wear out with each passing year. In contrast, hardwood flooring is known for its timeless style. If it is properly coated and regularly cleaned, hardwood flooring also develops character with each passing year, so it tends to look better as it ages.


Wood is a natural resource—and a popular one at that—so it tends to be more expensive to purchase and install than carpet. It can also be more expensive to maintain wood flooring than it is to maintain carpet. However, even though carpet is less expensive than wood initially, it does not last as long as wood. This means that carpeting can end up being a more costly option than hardwood over the course of several years.