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Chilewich floor covering

Easy to Install
Although it is not recommended to sand or refinish your hardwood floors without a professional, in general, new hardwood floors are relatively easy to install. In most cases, hardwood flooring will come in strips (2″-4″) and many can be installed on top of pre-existing flooring. Many home improvement stores offer easy click-together hardwood floors for easy install. The Chilewich brand even offers flooring that can be installed using Velcro. If you are planning on installing hardwood floors on your own, it is best to buy prefinished hardwood floors.


Cost-Effective
While the cost of hardwood floors can sometime exceed the price of new carpet, in the long run, hardwood floors are actually more cost-effective. As mentioned above, many people can save money on the installation of hardwood floors by doing it themselves. With carpet, however, you will most likely need to hire someone to install it. In most cases, the price for new carpet installation can lead to carpet costing more than hardwood floors.

Easy to Care for

The care for hardwood floors, unlike new carpet care, is incredibly easy. There are many products made specifically for the maintenance and cleaning of hardwood floors. Since carpets show stains much easier than hardwoods, you’re much more likely to need to hire professionals for new carpet care. With the increased likelihood of spills showing and the need to hire professionals to install carpet, the cost of new carpet care and installation can again cause the cost of carpet to exceed the cost of hardwood floors.

Better Property Value
When thinking about renovating your home, it’s always best to think about how the renovation will affect the property value if or when you go to sell it. Hardwood floors are becoming much more popular and are considered more aesthetically pleasing than carpeting. This means that buyers will likely seek hardwood flooring over carpeting, which will likely raise your property value and your home’s likelihood to sell.


Environmentally Friendly

Hardwood floors are much more likely to be environmentally friendly than new carpeting. Since hardwood floors last much longer than carpeting and are less likely to need replacing, they are less harmful to the environment. Even when they need replacing, however, many times hardwood floors can be recycled into new materials. Some flooring, in fact, is already made with recycled materials. EcoTimber, for example, is a company that is dedicated to using materials that are eco-friendly.


What do you recommend: hardwood floors or carpeting? What has been your experience with either? Let us know in the comments!
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I've seen a lot of cooking, home improvement and crafting shows and, let me tell you, they make things look way easier than they are. Most people really can’t remodel their own kitchen, paint a wall mural or whip up a gourmet meal in an afternoon. I’m here to share my ideas and guidance about home and family--things I've learned through trial and error. I've already made the mistakes so you don’t have to! Just don’t ask about the kitchen cabinet refinishing project that went awry.
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