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What are pros and cons between hardwood and carpet flooring in bedroom

March 23, 2019

Remodellng upstair bedrooms (not the master). One will be for the grandkids, the other for guests (like their parents:) One bedroom is over the main foyer, the other over our family room. I'd like to put in carpet flooring simply because it will dampen sound. My husband leans toward hardwood for

less dust, etc. Any thoughts?

Comments (5)

  • PRO
    Patricia Colwell Consulting

    Hardwood with area rugs hands down especially withkids .

  • SJ McCarthy

    Carpets are warm and quiet underfoot. The noise dampening of carpet is not to be under estimated. Carpet prevents noise from moving OUT of a room and into another room as well as prevents noise ENTERING from underneath (ahem...the family room).

    That being said, the carpet is NOT the part that offers the noise reduction....it is the HIGH END PAD that offers the noise reduction. To get the noise reduction properties of carpet, you have to work with a more expensive carpet pad. Simply throwing down commercial grade berber over plywood (as an example) will not offer any form of acoustic properties.

    A hardwood floor can be used to reduce noise with SEVERAL requirements being Added to the installation. Of course, first and foremost the subfloors for those bedrooms need to be assessed to ensure a happy install. You might find that the hardwood install requires a LOT more preparation (ahem...costs and materials) than you anticipated.

    OK, assuming things are ready to role without much effort (rarely happens but let's just play along for a moment) the hardwood will need an acoustic underlayment (such as 6mm or 12mm cork underlayment). It is the underlayment (again...it is all about what sits UNDERNEATH the floor) that absorbs the noise, not the wood itself.

    The underlayment can add 1/4" (6mm) or even 1/2" (12mm) worth of floor-height raise onto a hardwood that might already be 3/4" thick. Oh dear. Check your door clearance. Most doors can handle a floor that is (roughly) 3/4" thick. That means most interior doors can handle 3/4" hardwood or a thick carpet + thick pad or even laid tile (can sit roughly 3/4") without having to remove/trim and rehang the darn things.

    But let's imagine this isn't going to be so easy. Let's imagine the hardwood needs a STIFFER subfloor which might mean another 1/2" of plywood. And now you want to add in 1/4" of cork for noise dampening. And then you choose a 3/4" solid hardwood. Uh Oh. You have just added 1 1/2" worth of floor height in those rooms. Hmmmmmm. Now the doors have to be trimmed and rehung. Oh wait and now the hallway floor sits REALLY low which means a BIG transition in the doorways.

    Whew. A beautifully thick carpet and thick pad will max out at 3/4". Doors and baseboards should be able to handle that thickness without much issue. The real trick will be the hardwood.

    What is the flooring OUTSIDE the bedrooms? What is currently INSIDE the bedrooms? What are your door clearances CURRENTLY sitting at? What is the subfloor thickness? How much noise enters/exits those rooms with the current set up?

    hgjm thanked SJ McCarthy
  • tatts

    Have you never in your life noticed the differences between the two? Does this really have to be explained?

  • PRO
    Oak & Broad

    Sophie is that you? :-D

  • PRO
    essentials inside

    Carpeting is warmer if there is a basement under the bedrooms. But do prefer hardwoods.

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