Six Reasons Why Carpet Is Still a Good Choice for the Home
There is an incredible amount of choice today when it comes to flooring for your home. Many people are increasingly opting for vinyl and wood flooring in preference to carpet, as it can be cheaper, is said to be easier to maintain and keep clean, and is very modern looking. But there are good reasons why carpet is still a highly popular choice. Here, we look at just some of the main advantages.
1. Comfortable Underfoot
One of carpets main benefits is that it’s much easier to walk on, and stand for long periods of time, with less discomfort. Vinyl, laminates and wood flooring can feel cold underfoot, especially in winter, whereas carpet is softer and warmer. Additionally, carpet is a more flexible material than hard floor options, so provides shock absorbing qualities. More industrial flooring like concrete or tiles tend to jolt your body as you walk because the force of your impact on the floor reverberates back up through your legs, rather than being absorbed by carpet.
2. Warm to the Touch
Not only is carpet warmer to walk on, it also adds insulation to a room. Combining it with a good quality underlay means that heat loss through the floor is much reduced. This can add to savings made on energy costs on heating the home, as it keeps a room feeling more snug and cosy.
3. Absorbs Sound for a Quieter Environment
If you’ve ever taken up a carpet to redecorate or moved into a house with laminate floors, for instance, you will have noticed an echo quality – this is caused by noise bouncing off the walls. It not only impacts on the empty room, but can be heard throughout the house. Carpet helps absorb that noise caused by footfall, as well as the sound of voices and other activities within a room. This can help promote a much quieter home, meaning it’s a more restful place to be.
4. Safer for the Family
Slipping and falling on a hard surface is no fun, especially for babies and those with restricted mobility. Carpet is an altogether softer surface to land on. It is also less slippery than tiled or vinyl surfaces, helping to prevent falls in the first place.
5. Aesthetic Appeal
In terms of interior decoration, if you are after a homely, comfortable and relaxing look for your living room or bedroom, nothing beats the luxury of a soft pile carpet. And because carpets come in such a huge variety of colours, designs and patterns, you’ll have no trouble choosing a floor covering that fits in with your overall vision. Blinds and curtains can be chosen to complement or contrast with the style of your carpet, creating an overall aesthetically pleasing effect.
And because there is such an extensive selection of carpet choices available, there is something to suit every budget. Although any flooring carries a cost, carpet is often cheaper as there is less preparation required for the existing flooring before it can be laid. Laying vinyl and wooden flooring can incur additional costs if the sub-floor needs particular types of preparation to ensure adherence and longevity.
In the end, much of the decision to opt for carpet over other options comes down to personal choice and taste. If you need help making that decision, why not speak to Smithfield Carpets? We can supply flooring of most types, including specialist carpet flooring for schools as well as flooring for wet rooms and other areas with specific requirements, and can talk you through the pros and cons of each option.