With so many floor covering options available today, it can be tough to decide what to put on your floor. You may wonder if carpet holds any advantages over other types of hard surface floors. While every floor covering product has its own advantages and drawbacks, carpet has several distinct benefits when compared to hard surfaces. Here are some benefits of carpeting and why it may be your best option!
A Style For Any Design
Despite hard surfaces taking up many pages of interior design magazines recently, carpet has a style all its own. From luxurious and elegant to casual and comfortable, carpet can give any space an entirely different feel. Looking for something that’s a little more formal, consider a short-pile, patterned carpet. Or if you’re thinking of a more casual space, a long frieze is the way to go. Lucky for you, we have the selection for any style you can think of!
Comfort is a Must
Have you ever noticed that after a period of time spent standing or walking on ceramic tiles or concrete, your body is sore and achy? Hard surfaces are just that: hard. They offer no flexibility underfoot, so they lack the ability to act as shock absorbers for your feet. In addition to feeling nice to walk, sit and lay on, carpet provides shock absorption thanks to its flexibility and cushioning (and this effect is increased dramatically if there is underpad beneath the carpet). So not only is carpet more comfortable to the touch, but another benefit is it’s also easier on the body when standing or walking on it.
Nice and Quiet
Sound carries much further when there is no carpet in the space. You’ve probably been in a room that is bare of carpet and noticed that sound tended to bounce off the walls and create an echo all around. This is because hard surfaces can’t absorb sound the way that soft surfaces can, and why carpeting can benefit any room. Whether you have someone playing music downstairs, gaming loudly, or running across their bedroom, carpet can cut down on noise transfer and give you peace of mind.
Safe and Secure
Hard surfaces can be slippery, and they’re not much fun to land on when slips and falls do happen. Carpet not only provides a soft landing surface but it also helps to prevent some falls in the first place. Properly selected carpet increases safety by preventing many slips and falls. For small children, carpet cushions the falls that come with learning to crawl or walk. For the elderly, slippery hard surfaces can be extremely hazardous. Carpet matched with a good underlay gives the best possible protection against serious injury resulting from slips and falls in the home.
Keeping you Warm
Carpet provides excellent insulation value to a space. This means that your carpet actually acts as a thick layer of insulation to keep warm or cold air out and segment your floors during the summer and winter, enhancing your HVAC system’s performance and reducing energy costs. Reducing heat loss means that carpet can help you save on the costs associated with heating a home, such as electricity or natural gas. For regions that experience cold winters, this could amount to big cost savings every year.
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