With so many floor covering options available today, it can be hard to decide what to install on your floor. Deciding between carpet and hardwood or tile is a big decision. While every floor covering product has its advantages and disadvantages, carpet has several distinct benefits when compared to hard surfaces.
With so many colors and patterns to choose from, carpet has a style all its own. Carpet gives a space an entirely different feel, from luxurious and elegant to casual and comfortable. Consider a short pile or Berber carpet for a formal room or a long pile frieze for a more casual space such as a kid’s room.
After walking on tile or concrete for a period of time your body can ache. Hard surface flooring is just that – hard! There is no flexibility underfoot, so it lacks the ability to act as a shock absorber for your footsteps. Carpet on the other hand feels great to walk, sit and lay on. It also provides shock absorption due to its flexibility and cushioning.
Carpet provides excellent insulation to any space. The reduction in heat loss means that carpet can help you reduce your energy or gas bill.
While many have heard that hard surface floors are more beneficial to people with asthma and allergies, recent studies show that carpet is actually more beneficial than hard surface floors for those with breathing difficulty. There’s even carpet that is hypo-allergenic. Speak with one of our sales representatives to find the carpet that best suits your health needs.
Carpet helps absorb sound much better than hard surface floors. If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful room, carpet is certainly the way to go. Hard surfaces can’t absorb sound. Sound simply bounces off the walls and creates and echo in the room. Carpet completely alleviates this problem.
Hard surface floors can be slippery. Carpet provides a soft-landing surface and helps prevent falls in the first place, especially on stairs. Hardwood or laminate stairs present a safety concern, especially among young children or elderly adults. A properly selected stair runner increases safety by preventing many slips and falls.
All flooring products have a range of qualities and price points. With that being said, there’s no particular flooring product that is guaranteed to be more or less expensive than another. However, Flowers Flooring has found that carpet often costs much less than hard surface floors. In addition, hard surface floors usually require special preparation before being installed such as subfloor requirements and acclimation. Carpet typically elimates these concerns, as it can be installed over a number of subfloors and has less stringent requirements. In the end, a homeowner can save a great deal on both the product and installation cost by selecting carpet.