Comparing Flooring Options
Consumers today have many different choices of flooring and should carefully consider which style of floor covering will best suit both their decorating preferences and their lifestyle.
Pros and Cons of Carpet
While carpeting does cushion the feet and add to the comfort of a home, it also gets dirty fairly quickly. Unlike flooring styles with a hard impermeable surface, carpet can actually become stained – and those stains in some cases will never come out.
Pros and Cons of Rugs
One solution to some of carpet’s drawbacks are to opt for area rugs instead. While these have all the same problems as carpeting, they are much more portable and can be changed out with less expense and fuss. In addition, area rugs allow you to very quickly redecorate a room, completely altering the colour scheme, for example.
Pros and Cons of Tile
Tile has a hard surface and is usually sealed so that it cannot be stained very readily. Unlike carpet, it cannot fray. On the other hand, replacing tile is a major home renovation project. Tile’s greatest drawback is that it can break if a heavy object is dropped; however, it is possible to replace a single tile if extra tiles have been saved from the installation phase of the project.
Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring will not usually break when objects are dropped and cleaning it requires only sweeping and an occasional mopping. It needs periodic “deep maintenance” that consists of floorboard sanding, which allows the surface to be renewed.