In the midst of a house renovation you might have to make a consideration between laying carpet or installing timber flooring. Hardwood flooring has quite a few more positives than negatives when you start comparing it with carpet. Here are a few of the points to consider when trying to make that choice.
Timber Flooring is Modern Looking
You look at today’s innovative building designs. They are trending towards clean lines, simplicity, and that catch word ‘minimalism’. With a timber floor you get a blank canvas on which to express your personality. Carpet is kind of 70’s. It looked great in your parents’ house, in the lounge room, but it’s time your home zoomed into the 21st Century.
You can easily clean a wooden floor with a sweep and a vacuum. Follow that up with a warm water mop to clean the surface and you’re good to go. The carpets will require a vacuum and more than likely a steam clean every few months, especially if you have pets and kids. Stubborn stains in carpet can be rather hard to remove. There are no stains on a timber floor (unless you spill acid and it eats into the wood). Marks from high heels can be repaired although some say it adds character. Scratch marks on timber floors are usually sustained by the coating rather than by the wood itself and easily fixed with a quick sanding.
Not a lot of Allergies from Timber Flooring
When your carpet can hold pet dander, mildew, mould, pollen and dust mites, then these allergens can cause irritation to sensitive people. Skin conditions, hay fever, asthma, and sinusitis are allergic reactions to these allergens and your carpet maybe the cause. Timber flooring, as mentioned, is far easier to clean than ridding carpets of allergens.
Cost Effective Timber Flooring
This might sound strange because if you compared initial purchase costs of timber flooring and carpet, you will see immediately that wood costs more. But if you look at the long-term maintenance, the on-going care and eventual replacement, the timber flooring is a clear winner. Durable, long lasting and handles daily wear and tear over a long period, and when sanded, polished or coated, it looks simply great. The look alone is a known attraction for home buyers and it certainly adds value to your property.
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Have you ever walked into a new home and smelt that new carpet odour? Manufacturers are known to use synthetic sprays and materials to create that new carpet smell. They might be advertised as being a fire retardant and added for additional stain protection, but again, people with allergies might be negatively affected.