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Carpet vs Vinyl – Which one should you choose?

28th July

When properly done, flooring can bring a lot of flair to a room. You do not have to follow the conventional path. Over the years, several carpet substitutes have emerged, including low-cost and high-end vinyl.

Carpet and vinyl both have advantages and disadvantages, so it’s worthwhile researching and comparing flooring to discover the ideal match.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is a synthetic flooring material that is long-lasting, inexpensive, and simple to install. It is frequently mistaken with various other forms of flooring, including linoleum and laminate.

Luxury vinyl tile and planks are becoming widely sought after due to their adaptability, resistance to moisture, and authentic wood plank and stone tile design.

Carpet

Carpets can be a versatile and stylish material that can liven up your house, whether it’s time to renew the style of your home’s interior or you just need to convert a space. Choosing the ideal carpet for you is entirely dependent on the space in question and your lifestyle.

There isn’t an answer as to which flooring is better or which one you should choose as it’s solely down to personal preference, living situations and where the floor is located. But we can tell you the pros and cons of each and leave you to make your own decisions as to which is the better fit for you and your home.

Let’s start with vinyl

If you’re short on time and flinch at the prospect of cleaning, vinyl flooring is definitely for you. It’s easier to clean than carpet and entirely water-resistant, making it the ideal choice for your kitchen and bathroom.

On the flip side, if there are any scratches or grooves, they will be pretty visible, and when worn, the entire floor must be replaced. Vinyl planks are an exception because they are not glued down. You can individually pick out the plank that needs a little TLC or replacing, without removing the entire floor.

The benefit of luxury vinyl is that it can mimic the natural look of more expensive materials like stone, wood, and tile. Developing technology has made it almost impossible to distinguish between the various materials.

You can also simply replace vinyl flooring by putting other floorings over it. This makes it an excellent choice for someone who likes to change their interiors regularly or is perhaps just indecisive.

Although carpet is unrivalled in terms of comfort, you can install vinyl over a foam or cork floorboard improving its softness and making it ideal for bedrooms and playrooms.

Now carpet

Carpets are resilient if properly cared for, but they do stain easily, making them less durable than vinyl. If you lay carpet in high-traffic areas, make sure you get a heavy-duty grade. A brand’s longevity can be determined by its label, which includes a star grading system.

In terms of different materials used to make carpets, nylon is a great one because it can handle a lot of strain, making it a desirable choice for areas with a lot of foot traffic. Wool carpets are an excellent choice if you have children or pets (or anything that makes a mess). As long as you get the rag quickly, you can avoid most stains effectively.

Carpets often create a warm and welcoming ambience in your home or work area. You can customise the appearance with a variety of colours, designs, and textures. Loop, cut, pattern and texture are examples of different styles.

However, due to dyeing and tufting technologies, there are certain restrictions to enjoying unlimited textures and colour options. Carpet selections with more colour options tend to have fewer patterns to pick from and vice versa.

Most people are unaware that it also functions as a noise dampener, making it ideal for families with children.

So, which choice do you think you will go for? If you want to view our range of flooring and see how we can help you achieve your interior goals, please contact our expert team who will be happy to assist you with all your flooring needs.

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