Walking into your home should always be a pleasant experience. When designing your home, remodeling, or preparing to buy a home, one major issue will likely be what type of flooring is referred. This usually causes the most arguments, right next to choosing a paint color. If you find yourself trying to decide, consider the following about the different flooring types.
While carpet or hardwood flooring are not the only types of flooring available, they are two of the most common and popular. If choosing carpet for the home there are some advantages. First, carpet delivers a soft comfort under bare feet that is unmatched. This type of comfort may be needed for people who stand on their feet all day. Carpet also tends to offer cushion for falls and prevents slipping when being walked on each day. Carpet also serves as a natural insulator that can keep heat in during the colder months. However, there are drawbacks to choosing carpet. The first may be that a patterned carpet may require some interior design experience to match when decorating a whole room. Some patterned carpets also have loops that can get pulled and damaged, leaving unsightly areas to cover. Cleanliness may also be an issue as carpets stain much easier than hardwoods.
If choosing hardwood floors there are also advantages and disadvantages. A hardwood floor can make a room warm and comfortable feeling as soon as it is entered. Additionally, if a wood floor is damaged it can be repaired instead of fully replaced. Wood does not collect as many dust and allergens as carpet, but may need to be swept daily if a great deal of dust is created in the household. The downfall to hardwood floors can begin in the installation. Wood can expand in high humidity and if not properly installed, buckle against a wall. Additionally, wood floors can fade, dent, break, or splinter as they are highly sensitive to sunlight and moisture over time.
The choice is a personal one as there are advantages and disadvantages to any type of flooring. However, one should never place carpet in a bathroom or kitchen and should protect hardwoods in water prone areas. The choice is yours.