October 26, 2017

The advantages of carpet over hard flooring

When it comes to figuring out which flooring option will work best in your home, start with two simple questions: How am I going to use this room? Who is going to be walking on this floor?

Knowing these answers, you can determine the best solution for your needs. Most options fall into two categories: carpet and hard flooring. Let's take a closer look.

father and son on carpet

Hard flooring

Benefits: There are two major types of hard flooring: hardwood and ceramic tile. They come in many choices and styles, including lots of options made from natural materials like wood or stone. They are also generally easy to maintain.

Drawbacks: Hard flooring options do not bring a lot of warmth to a room. Additionally, sometimes there are some installation limitations with hard flooring that can limit your design aspirations. And, if the floor gets damaged, hard flooring can be a costly repair.

Carpet

Benefits: Carpet comes in many varieties and colors. In terms of pricing, there are options for every budget and even those at the high end are relatively economical even when finishing the floor of a large room.

Here are even more reasons why so many homeowners choose carpet over hard flooring choices:
  • Soft. If you want your floor to have a soft feel, carpet is an ideal choice. Carpet, like area rugs, feels great underfoot.
  • Warmth. Carpet is great at insulating a room.
  • Sound barrier. Sound travels further—and tends to echo—in rooms with hard flooring, but in a carpeted room, the echo is gone and ambient noise is lowered.

Don’t forget the carpet padding

Carpet padding is key to making your carpet last, and it’s also what helps make it feel good. Carpet padding is a soft foam pad that is installed beneath the carpet.

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  • Have more questions about carpet? Our downloadable buyer’s guide features valuable tips. It might even answer questions that you didn’t know you had. And, when it is time to look at carpet, Kermans design consultants are ready to help. Our team can match the right type of carpet to your wants and needs.

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