While many older houses have a lot of carpeting, many are left outdated and stained because of years of wear. A wooden floor gives a room a more timeless look, and is more durable than any carpet.
To make your home improvement project a success, always hire a licensed contractor. All states require a legal certificate for contractors. They are a legal requirement, but this doesn't ensure that a competent job will be done. If a contractor isn't adequately licensed, you don't want to hire him.