Is it Cheaper to Carpet or Laminate the Floor and What Are the Pros and Cons?
Choosing the right flooring for your home can be difficult, and since flooring lasts a very long time, you need to make the right decision the first time! If you’re trying to choose between carpeting and laminate flooring, here is some information that might help you.
All other things being equal, laminate flooring may cost a bit more than carpeting initially. However, since laminate flooring generally has a longer lifespan than carpet, it may be less expensive in the long run.
Advantages of Carpet
Carpet gives your home a warm feeling, and the color selection is almost endless, so you can choose carpet to match the overall décor of your home. Carpet can also make your room feel warmer. The carpet absorbs sound, so it will help to eliminate echoes or noise from conversation or foot traffic. The carpet requires little maintenance other than regular vacuuming.
Disadvantage of Carpet
Even though most carpets are designed with some protection against stains, no carpet is completely stain-proof. The carpet should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months. In high-traffic areas, carpet can show wear fairly quickly, and your carpet will need to be replaced from time to time. Carpet can also tear or wrinkle. Depending on the quality of the carpet and the wear and tear it experiences in your home, a carpet can only last from 5 to 15 years.
Advantages of Laminate
Laminate flooring is very durable and is especially suited for kitchens, bathrooms, or high-traffic areas like hallways and foyers. Laminate flooring only requires sweeping and damp mopping. Laminate flooring comes in a vast array of styles and colors, and with laminate, you can always place an area rug down if your color mood changes. If a section of your laminate floor is damaged, it can be patched fairly easily. Quality laminate flooring can last as long as 20 to 30 years.
Disadvantages of Laminate
Contrary to carpet, laminate flooring, like hardwood flooring can be cold and it will not absorb sounds like carpet. The surface of laminate flooring can be damaged by ground in dirt or heavy furniture. Laminate can also be damaged by excessive moisture, so any standing water will need to be cleaned up quickly.
Still Not Sure?
In the end, it comes down to personal choice. If you need help deciding, or if you want to see all of the options available in both carpet and laminate, you should contact the professionals at Floor Advisor.
Floor Advisor is the flooring installation expert you can trust for high-quality flooring. We are a family-owned and operated business and have been serving the Leesburg, Lansdowne, Ashburn, Broadlands, Sterling, and Loudon County areas for over 20 years. We have a strong commitment to providing you with the best possible customer service, from your initial consultation to the completion of your installation and beyond. Whatever your flooring needs, our highly trained professionals will work with you to guarantee your complete satisfaction. For more information about the products and services we offer, visit our website, or give us a call at one of our three locations:
- Alexandria: 703-658-5353 5710 D General Washington Dr
- Gainesville: 571-222-6810 5615 Wellington Rd, Suite 11
- Leesburg: 571-919-4010 19304 Promenade Dr