When it comes to flooring, this is every homeowner’s dilemma – wooden floor or carpet? Obviously they both have their advantages as well as their downsides. Which flooring is the most suitable for your home and the separate rooms? Please read on to find out.
Carpets are much warmer than wood. This is a key point to make because we know what the whether in the UK is like. The added thermal insulation contributes to greater energy efficiency, which might mean lower electricity bills. Carpets are much softer as well. They are comfortable to walk and sit on and safer to fall on, which can be a big plus if you have small children. They absorb sound – another plus if you have small children or dogs and other animals whose sounds can pierce the ear.
Carpets have a lot in common with wood in the way of design. You can choose any color and design you like. This will allow you to express yourself. It’s easier and much cheaper to get carpet installed than it is wood. You can put carpets anywhere you like, just not in the bathroom and kitchen, unless it’s more like a mat. If your living room is heavy-traffic, the carpet has to be thicker and of higher quality. If you get a cheap one, it’ll wear down really soon and it won’t look good. If the carpet is decent quality it’ll give your home a luxurious and warm touch that wood never could.
Unfortunately carpets are difficult to clean. They’ll trap pollen, hair and mites no matter how often you vacuum. You’ll have to get them steamed now and then, which can be a hassle if you have a lot of carpets and they’re all heavy. You’d have to take the time to transport them in your car or have the company pick them up for you, which might cost extra. Carpets are definitely a bad idea if you are allergic to pollen and such.
There’s nothing that says style and elegance quite like a wooden floor. Wooden flooring has many advantages. It’s durable, easy to clean, and timeless provided you care for it. It won’t trap any allergens. Your carpet may go out of style, but the floor never will. You can choose any design for your home without having to worry it won’t match the floor. You can get any color wood for the floor and it’ll always look great – just not too dark, like dark grey, dark brown or black because it’ll make the room seem smaller. It is believed wooden flooring adds value to properties, but it can be a bit expensive, so you could opt for laminate flooring that looks like wood. Reclaimed wood floors are another option, and an environmentally conscious and sustainable one at that.
Wood doesn’t like humidity, so don’t use it in bathrooms and kitchens. It’s good choice for hallways – guests are astounded by it. Wood tends to sustain cold, so maybe it’s not a good idea to use it in the bedroom, or if you do, throw a shaggy carpet over it. Experts are divided on whether you can install underfloor heating under wood.