Did you know that carpet could contain 100 times more allergens than hard surface floors? (Source: e-healthy homes). If you suffer from allergies like one in five people in the U.S., you may want to think twice about replacing your old carpet with new carpet. Carpeting is a reservoir for dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and other allergy causing substances that lurk within the fibers.
To avoid carpet allergies, consider replacing carpeting with hard surface flooring such as luxury vinyl, hardwood or laminate. Hard surface flooring doesn’t harbor dust mites or other allergens and is much simpler to clean. This type of flooring is a smart choice that can improve the quality of your home environment by eliminating carpet allergies. This is especially true in areas of the home that you spend a lot of time in such as the bedroom.
Both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood are beautiful and long lasting. Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of types, textures and colors, but unlike carpet, hardwood does not contribute to carpet allergies. For homeowners looking to spend less, laminate flooring is a great choice. Like hardwood floors, laminate floors offer an amazing selection of designs with the look and texture of real wood and stone at a fraction of the cost. As an added benefit, laminate floors are extremely durable and stand up to the wear and tear of pets and kids, while resisting the buildup of allergens.
Luxury vinyl is another alternative to carpet that is giving hardwood and laminate flooring a run for the money. According to the World Floor Covering Association, luxury vinyl is one of the fastest growing trends in the flooring industry. This is a result of extraordinary photo technology that mimics wood or tile so closely that you have to look twice to see that it’s vinyl.
If you’re suffering from allergens in your carpet, call Flowers Flooring for a FREE in-home estimate today 704.445.7750