Carpet: The Pros & Cons for Your Home

To install carpet or not to install carpet?

To install carpet or not to install carpet?

To install carpet or not to install carpet? That is the question many homeowners ask themselves. If you were moving into a new house today would you gravitate towards wood floors or plush carpeting? Many new homebuilders typically choose not to carpet floors unless there is a definitive reason for comfort purposes. Yet homeowners like to purchase area rugs to soften wood or tile flooring and make sitting on the floor more comfortable. So why not just carpet the entire area?

When you start adding up the costs and realize that carpeting an average size living room will set you back anywhere from $700 to $4,000, you need to think about what type of carpet will best suit your home and your lifestyle. Selecting carpeting that best fits those aspects can be frustrating with the hundreds of available options. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are the pros and cons of choosing carpet for your home.

Pros:

  • Carpet adds warmth, color and comfort to a room. It’s cozy and feels good to walk on barefoot, which is a definite pro.
  • It is less expensive than hardwood or tile flooring.
  • Carpet is a good energy saver as it provides insulation in the winter and the summer. It keeps chills, drafts and outside heat from seeping in through the floor so you can cut your utility bills for heating and cooling by using carpet.
  • Carpeting is also a good flooring choice if you want to minimize sound. This is why it’s good for bedrooms, especially on the second floor, as it reduces the sound of conversation, television and other noises.

Cons:

  • Carpeting can aggravate allergy symptoms because the fibers can catch and hold dust, dirt, bugs and bacteria. If you suffer from dust mite allergies, have a respiratory condition such as asthma, or have something similar, you should think twice about using carpet in your home.
  • If a carpet is damaged by water or flooding, mold and mildew can develop in the padding that can make you sick. This means you’ll have to replace all the carpeting, which could cost you some serious money.
  • Although carpets are treated with stain guards, they won’t protect against everything. Pets and carpets don’t mix well for instance. If a dog or cat urinates or defecates on carpet the smell can be difficult to eradicate. With pets, it might be better to think about getting hardwood floors, titles or other resilient coverings.

The great thing about carpet, if you do decide it is best for your home, it comes in hundreds of colors and patterns to choose from that will establish a great foundation for a room’s décor.

What would you choose for your home, carpet, tile or hardwood flooring?

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