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Hardwood vs. Carpet

Posted by James Airey Flooring (jamesaireyflooring) on Jul 12 2016
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It is the most difficult decision you will have to make when it comes to flooring. Hardwood or carpeted flooring are two of the most common choices when it comes to flooring. Both are great choices and can have different advantages depending on the home you live in. 
How do you decide between the two? What pros make them worth it? There are a number of things you must consider in order to decide what is best for you. 

Pros of Hardwood
One of the most obvious pros of hardwood floors is that it is easier to maintain cleanliness. This is especially true when there are pets in the home; their hair can become stuck in carpets and hard to clean up. But it simply takes a sweep of the brush to remove the same problem from hardwood. In the same respect, a hardwood option can also help with allergies. This is as a result of allergens not being able to become trapped in the fibres of the carpets, which usually results in your walking across the surface and dislodging thousands of them into the air to affect you. This is not a problem when on a wooden surface. 
The long lasting nature of a hardwood floor option is also an advantage. It is a timeless style, one that can be matched with countless redecorations and refurnishing of the house on your part. If you do wish to have the aesthetic advantage of carpet it is also possible to use a rug for the same effect. It is smaller, more easily moved or exchanged and can match the décor of the room more closely than an expansive carpet. 
Pros of Carpet
There are also many advantages to having carpeted flooring, though. Putting down carpeting makes for a soft flooring, which feels amazing beneath bare feet and means for warmer walking during the winter. Hardwood is much colder in comparison, so in winter it may mean spending more money on heating in order to compensate for the cold flooring. Carpets go a long way towards creating a warm, comfortable, environment. 
An often spoken complaint of hardwood flooring is that it is too loud. The insulation of carpeting is very good; this means that the noise will not easily pass down through the floors or echo off them. This insulation also means for less painful accidents. There is nothing to cushion a fall on a hardwood floor, but in comparison, a carpet can help to soften the impact and lead to much less damage in the long run. 
The cost is also an attractive reason to choose carpet; it is considerably less expensive to implement throughout your house than hardwood flooring. They do need to be replaced every few years, but proper maintenance and care can mean a long life for these attractive additions to your home. 
The Choice
Ultimately, it is a question of taste and how the style of your home will benefit from either hardwood or carpeted flooring. A more modern home would probably benefit from a hardwood aesthetic, while the one you wish to make warmer or more friendly may best suit carpet. Or, as is most often the case, you may decide that a mix of both is most appropriate. 
For more information on how we can provide you with high-quality flooring, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Whatever your needs are, we will be more than happy to help. Just give us a call on 01539730657
or 07977 910787
 and a member of our expert team will answer any questions that may have.

Last changed: Jul 19 2016 at 2:11 PM



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