Why Choose Carpet Over Tile?
The choice between carpet and tile is often a personal one. Both are reasonably priced, both are readily available, and both can provide an attractive look for your home. Despite these similarities, many people have strong feeling about the matter one way or the other, while many others find it difficult to decide. Below are some of the many advantages to choosing carpet over tile. If you find yourself on the fence, consider these carpet benefits when making your decision.
Carpet is Cost-Effective
Carpet can range in price from around $2 to $15 per square foot, including the cost of installation. A 2009 study presented at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Convention (AATCC) estimates that, when compared to tile, carpet provides a 55% savings overall. The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) stated that carpet is one of the most economical floor coverings to install or replace. In short, a great reason to select carpet for your home is because the costs associated with purchase, installation, and maintenance are lower for carpet than tile.
Carpet is Soft and Warm
The cushiony softness and comforting warmth of carpet is probably the number one reason you’re considering it for your home. And this is a very good reason! Walking across cool, slippery tile in your bare feet is not always pleasant. Particularly in living rooms, bedrooms, and dens, you might choose carpet to make your space cozy and nice. As an added benefit, carpet can help muffle and diffuse household noise.
Carpet comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, so it is fully customizable. You can choose carpeting that fits the look and feel of your home.
Carpet Acts as an Air Filter
The vertical fibers of your carpet are excellent at trapping dust, contaminants, and other impurities that would otherwise be circulating through your house. When you vacuum, all of those impurities are lifted away and discarded. With your carpet acting as an air filter, less dirt, dust, and other allergens can make their way into your family’s airways.
Carpet is Easy to Maintain
Carpet maintenance comes down to three elements: regular vacuuming, quick attention to spills and stains, and professional cleaning every 6-12 months. All of these are easy to do, and all of these will significantly extend the life of your carpet. Simply vacuum your carpet 1-2 times per week using a high-powered vacuum. In the event of spills, blot the area and treat it with a manufacturer-approved solution. Finally, hire a professional carpet cleaning service, such as Massey’s Chem-Dry, to perform a deep carpet cleaning about once a year, or more often if you have pets. Caring for carpet is a easy as 1-2-3.
The choice between carpet and tile often comes down to a matter of taste. Carpet is cost-effective, soft and warm, and easy to maintain. It also acts as air filter for your home. Keeping all of these advantages in mind, do you think carpet might be the right fit for you?