Carpet flooring has been used in private homes and business properties for several decades already because it is comfortable underfoot and available in several different design, color and texture options. As with tiles, vinyl and laminate flooring, carpet flooring also had several benefits and a few disadvantages, some of which will be mentioned below.
A distinct advantage that carpet flooring has over any other type of floor covering is the fact that it is warm and comfortable underfoot. This enables children and pets to play on the floor without feeling cold or uncomfortable.
Because carpeting is soft underfoot, it is able to help soften a significant amount of slips and falls, which is especially beneficial if you have young children or elderly family members living in the house.
Another benefit property owners enjoy when installing carpeting is that it goes a long way in helping to dampen noise. This can be helpful if you have anyone living in your home that struggles to sleep if there is a lot of excess noise.
Although older carpets were not always available in many color options, today’s products can be purchased in a number of different colors, sizes, styles, and patterns. This means that there will be suitable options for virtually every home or business premise that needs to have carpets installed.
Unfortunately, one of the main drawbacks of carpeting is that it requires a lot of maintenance to keep it looking good. In most cases, it must be vacuumed at least once a week and it will also require professional cleaning at least once a year – or more often if you have indoor pets. Spills will also need to be attended to immediately to prevent them from staining the fibers.
Carpets are also highly unsuitable for use in homes where anyone suffers from allergies because they are extremely susceptible to mold, pet dander, and dust mites, even if maintained regularly.
With the rise in popularity of laminate, vinyl and hardwood flooring, homes that have carpet installed may struggle to sell as well.
If you decide to choose to carpet for your home or business, it is crucial to spend as much as you can afford. While there may be numerous cheap carpeting options out there, these will either fade or stretch over time, meaning that they will need to be replaced within a year or two after being installed.