Hardwood vs. Carpet vs. Laminate
This might sound like the most basic of questions, but I wanted to examine all sides before taking action...
I bought a house this year, with what I believe to be its original (20 year old) flooring; carpet everywhere, save for kitchen and bath, which are sheet laminate. My plans have been to put new flooring in, though I am undecided as to what to do.
I have been researching my options, but still am undecided. I am sort of partial to carpet, but perhaps this is just because it is all I've ever lived with (and I prefer walking on carpet to harder floors). At the same time, I know it can hold on to dirt and germs, and it does look perhaps less "classy" than hard floors.
Do any of you have any insight as to what a homeowner should think about when considering different flooring? For instance, the expense of having hardwood refinished, or the dirt carpets can hold, etc.? Or even just your personal opinions on the different options?
Any guidance would be SO appreciated.