Too many homeowners base the decision on new floors on cost along. That unfortunately locks out so many great flooring options that are still equally affordable. If you base your decision solely on price you end up with common carpet but there are benefits to taking the time to look over all of your options from various carpet styles to wood flooring.
When you’re choosing the flooring for your home there are a few things to keep in mind:
Noise Levels and Sound Insulation – Carpet typically quiets a room down. The reduction of noise from televisions, walking, pets, video games, radios and such is mainly from the padding beneath the carpet. For this, among other reasons it is good to take your time and consider your padding as well as your carpets. Hardwood floors bounce sound back rather well and in some cases can even amplify it. There are solutions though such as throw rugs and area rugs that can dampen it a bit.
Warmth – Carpet is a really good insulator and as such it will keep your toes nice and warm on a really cold morning. There’s something to be said for not having to step on a block of ice with bare feet when you get up in the morning.
Hard wood floors can get cold, especially in cold climates. Some people really like hardwood though and are willing to put up with a bit of discomfort for the exceptional beauty the floors have. If you want to minimize the discomfort you can still have the beauty and skip the frozen toes with some well placed area rugs.
Dealing with Liquids – Liquids of any type, even water, can do a number on your carpet. If it’s a colored liquid then you have to deal with potential (and likely) stains that permanently damage the appearance of the floor. Even water can damage carpet, soaking into the padding and causing mold and mildew growth.
Wood floors are a bit more resilient than carpeting and can handle spills a lot better, especially if the wood has been properly sealed. However they are not invulnerable and small cracks and crevices can lead liquids into the subfloor where it can cause damage.
Cleaning your Flooring – Carpet is the needy one in the flooring family. It needs a lot of cleaning and regular care and no matter how hard you try it will never be fully clean because it traps microbes, dirt and grime within its fibers. Hardwood floors are typically in need of more frequent cleaning but it’s usually more of a quick brush up a tousle of the hair and a kick out the door. It only takes a broom and a mop to keep a hardwood floor looking spiffy for the most part.
Lifecycle – Carpet, no matter the brand or how well it is maintained will go bald like a favorite old stuffed bear and even with the best of care can’t usually last more than 10-15 years. Hard wood floors will do a much better job of weathering under normal wear conditions (which does not include doing donuts in the kitchen with a dirt bike) and will only require resurfacing which is much less costly than replacing carpets.
You may also want to consider that some carpets can actually generate allergen issues along with being difficult to clean thoroughly. Carpets are also saturated with chemicals to make them resistant to staining. You may want to consider a hard wood floor if you want a more green home and fewer issues to worry about as far as how the flooring is affecting your families health.
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