It isn’t every day that you’re faced with the challenge of choosing new flooring for your home but when the task does arise you need to get it right. Most people have a good idea of the general type of thing they want before they start looking around i.e. do they want to have to carpet fitted or hard flooring, however in reality what they want isn’t always the most practical option.
So, what should you consider when choosing between carpet or hard flooring such as vinyl flooring?
Ease of Cleaning
Anybody who has ever had carpet in their home will know that they aren’t always the easiest things to keep clean. While a lot of carpet manufacturers today add stain guard to their products they can still become grubby over time. This is especially true for light coloured carpets and those with long fibres that tend to attract dirt. Regular steam cleaning can help to keep carpets looking their best but this takes time and effort which families on the go don’t always have.
Hard flooring, such as vinyl flooring on the other hand is much easier to keep clean and hygienic. A simple steam mop will often remove stains and germs with very little effort, or there’s the option of chemical disinfectants if you prefer a fresh smell.
Think about the amount of potential mess that your new flooring will be exposed to. Do you have young children or pets that like to find the only muddy puddle in the vicinity? Or do you have regular dinner parties or family get-togethers that inevitably end in a spillage or two.
If your new flooring will require plenty of cleaning then maybe hard flooring is a better choice.
Understandably carpet tends to be a lot warmer and more comfortable underfoot. This is ideal if you have children who spend most of their time playing on the floor or if you enjoy lounging down there with a good book yourself. Carpets also seem to give a room a cosier, more homely feel so are perfect for rooms in the home where your guests may sit.
Saying this, underfloor heating can make hard flooring warm to walk and sit on as well. It doesn’t improve the softness factor though, which is another aspect worth considering.
Think about how much time you and your family spend on the floor. Do you have young children who spend most of their time sitting, crawling, lying or generally milling around down there? Do you like to have family time on the floor with board games and indoor picnics?
If you do then the comfort and warmth of carpet might be the best option for you.
Cost isn’t really that much of a factor when choosing between carpet and hard flooring because both options are available to suit all budgets.
Style and Appearance
The overall style of your home will to a large extent determine the type of flooring you choose, simply because it’s what’s expected. For example, ultra-modern homes with the latest gadgets and devices tend to sport buffed, tiled floors whereas family homes are more often associated with thick, comfortable carpets. Cottages and farmhouses are known for their original oak flooring while starter homes are generally seen with hard wearing loop pile carpets that can last a lifetime.
Don’t think you have to stick to conventions though. You can choose any type of flooring that appeals to you.
Before you do make a choice remember to think about the amount of foot traffic your flooring will be subjected to, and the amount of dirt it might attract over time. Consider the cost of replacing the flooring for a second time should your first choice not be suitable and the disruption a second change of flooring may cause.
There are just as many reasons for choosing hard flooring as there are for choosing carpets. At the end of the day your choice will depend on your home, your family and your personal preferences. Hopefully we’ve given you a few things to think about though so that your decision is slightly easier to make.