Carpet vs Floorboards
Renovations can be tough at the best of times. But when you have so many options for, well, everything, your flooring may be one of the last things on your mind. The most prevalent question when it comes to flooring is when you should opt for carpet and when floorboards may be more suited to the room. Whether it is floorboards or carpet, each flooring style comes with its pros and cons. Each room and décor would benefit from one or the other. It can be a daunting decision, but we are here to help you along the way!
There are four main areas you should look at when choosing the type of flooring that is best for your room design and your family in the home. These can be broken down into cleanliness, noise, price, and comfort.
This is specifically aimed at looking toward your family's lifestyle and how space is utilized. If you have pets, especially those which are not house trained, then you will want to opt for floorboards as they are much easier to clean evidently. On the other hand, if your family takes their shoes off before entering the home and you do not generally eat in the area, the carpet would be a fine addition to the room. Basically, in this regard, you are focusing on how messy things will get in the room in question and how much it will collect and retain dust.
Floorboards are great for areas prone to mess as they do not stain and are easily wiped clean. Carpets tend to hide dust and dirt, so they do not need to be cleaned as often but regular steam cleaning will certainly prolong the life of your carpet.
In comparison to carpets, floorboards can be quite noisy. If you have more than one level to your home this is certainly amplified. You can avoid excessive noise if you choose a high-quality underlay for your floorboards, but all in all, the carpet does not carry sound throughout your home.
Price is comparative, depending on the retailer and the brand that you are opting for. There are various aspects of both floorboards and carpets which make them vary extensively in price. Carpets tend to be cheaper to install than floorboards overall, but there are some reasons why in the long run floorboards can be that much cheaper. They certainly stand the test of time and when properly maintained floorboards can last for generations. Carpets, on the other hand, may need to be replaced more regularly as they wear a lot more. The upfront cost of the hardwood floors is quite high, but when you consider the cost of constantly replacing your carpet as opposed to the maintenance of your floorboards this is not such a bad thing. You can surely see why they are that much more expensive. For less hassle when it comes to maintenance and replacement, floorboards, although pricey, are the way to go in any case.
Last but not least, consider comfort. Carpet has the advantage of being soft under your feet. This means if you and your family often walk around barefoot this will be much more comfortable than walking on floorboards. It is also warmer, so if you experience particularly cold winters carpet is a much better option. You can find a range of carpets for your home in-store or online at sites such as Quest Carpets. Or if you need more ideas to boost the look of your interiors, click the link for more related articles.
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