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Should You Replace Your Carpet With Hardwood or Laminate?

One of the most difficult things in life is saying goodbye, even if it is to something relatively mundane, such as the old carpeting in your home or office. It’s always possible that an unhealthy attachment to things is to blame for hard goodbyes. It could also be something less dramatic though, like a lack of finances. By saying goodbye to something old, you inevitably bring in something new and potentially pricey.

With this in mind, here are some things to consider regarding the carpeting in your life.

How to Know if You Should Replace Carpet

What Does the Carpeting Look Like?

This is the big one. If everything looks (and smells) fine, then you probably do not need to replace your commercial or residential carpeting. If this is not the case, then it absolutely is time to replace it since no one wants to play the “what is that stain?” game when walking around a business or home. In some cases, this could lead to you missing out on revenue.

Maybe it’s not that extreme, though. Perhaps the carpet just looks worn and shabby. You can’t just slap a fresh coat of paint on your carpet to liven it up a bit. You can steam clean it, which will remove years of grime from the surface, but this won’t do anything for the snags and tears, unfortunately.

Hardwood Flooring: a Dash of Authenticity

Traditional hardwood flooring is a pretty common option, especially here in Nashville. There is a very good chance that when you tear the old residential carpeting away you’ll find hardwood flooring underneath. Though it might need some work before it is ready, this is by far the cheapest option.

But only if you are lucky enough to be in that situation. If you pull your carpet up and find plywood – well, that’s what the professionals at Ozburn-Hessey are here for. Deciding what kind of hardwood flooring to install will depend on a number of factors, such as if you want something soft or hard, what color the grain should be, and your budget considerations.

Laminate Flooring: Simply the Best

If you would like a hardwood floor but cannot afford one, laminate plank flooring is the best option. It can be styled in a number of fashions and can easily emulate hardwood looks. Advancements in laminate flooring mean that it will not only look like hardwood flooring, but do everything hardwood flooring can do, and more besides. For one thing, laminate plank flooring is the best option when it comes to dealing with any kind of moisture or water, and it requires the least amount of maintenance. These factors make it ideal for any kind of restaurant or business, since it is one of the cheapest options available on the market. Laminate plank flooring is not something that can be installed by yourself, however, since it is a process that requires some knowhow and technique.

Once you’ve decided to replace the carpet in your home or office, it’s time to figure out what material you are going to replace it with. Hardwood flooring and laminate plank flooring are both great options, but the best way to answer that question is by talking to one of the professionals at Ozburn-Hessey. Give us a call when you’re ready to throw out that old carpet!

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