Todays’ Deadline Dilemma comes from a client question I received last week concerning wood floors vs. carpeting in family areas.
CLIENT: We have been discussing whether to install carpet or wood in our family room and would love your input. Does it affect our timeline? What other things should we consider?
ME: I love wood floors. First, I think they are easier to keep clean than carpet. However, that being said, I also want you to use a carpet or rug in the space. While this may sound like double expense, you will understand why when I explain the reasoning.
You DO need to allow more time for wood floors as they take longer to install and need time to acclimate to the moisture level in your home, as well as to be stained and finished. I would add at least two weeks to the construction timeline for wood.
By installing a rug/carpet OVER the wood, you will create less dust and a rug can be removed for cleaning and updated with the seasons as well.
It is great to make these flooring decisions in the beginning so you can be prepared with your timeline to present to the contractor.
In the end, the decision is yours, but for longevity and for the ability to change the style of a room and still have the benefits of both wood and carpet, this is the direction I recommend.