What type of flooring would you put in a two-storey home? We were quoted for hardwood floors throughout the entire house when we were gathering quotes for the draw mortgage application. Now that we’re getting ready to make a real decision about flooring, we are second guessing ourselves.
We had the opportunity to sit down with the owner of a flooring store yesterday to get some advice. At the beginning of the meeting, we were pretty confident that we did not want carpet in the house. Whenever we’ve looked at older houses for sale, our first thought has been that the carpet had to be replaced. For that reason, we wanted to put in hard surfaces so that there wouldn’t be that extra ‘cost’ to a potential buyer in the future. The second reason we don’t like carpet is because of allergens like dust.
The advice we received has made us reconsider carpet.
- Hardwood throughout the entire house would be extremely expensive.
- We have about 22 stairs (foyer + stairs to the second level and bonus room) x approximately $250/stair to install hardwood = $5500 on stairs alone… ouch.
- Falling down stairs that are hardwood hurts and can cause significant injury. A carpet runner would be needed to reduce the slipperiness of the hardwood stairs. Carpet stairs wouldn’t hurt nearly as much if one were to fall down… maybe some slight rug burn.
- Carpet allows the dust to settle and acts as a filter.
Point number 4 was interesting. We’d never thought of carpet as acting like a filter. Dust that settles onto the carpet gets stuck. Dust that settles onto hardwood can be disturbed and become airborne again. Like any filter, one must properly maintain it in order to maximize effectiveness. Carpets need to be vacuumed regularly, but what we didn’t know, is that once a year, a heavy duty deep cleaning is recommended to completely clean the ‘filter’.
We asked the owner of the flooring store what was popular for two-storey homes, and he said that the majority of people are installing carpet upstairs and hardwood on the main level. I’m warming up to the idea, but am still stuck on the idea of beautiful and colourful area rugs for the bedrooms. And an awesome stair runner.
We are considering three options:
- Hardwood throughout the entire house (most expensive)
- Hardwood on the main level, carpet up the stairs and on the second level (least expensive)
- Hardwood on the main level, the stairs, the bonus room and the hallway with carpet only in the bedrooms
A few weeks ago, we flirted with the idea of cement floors but that option was quickly knocked out for a variety of reasons. Cracking, shifting and big ‘ouch!’ factors all came into play when we decided against this option. It’s beautiful, but not for this family house.
What would you do for flooring in a two-storey home? Do you like carpet in the bedrooms? What colour of carpet would you choose? Do you like light, medium or dark hardwood?