The Pros and Cons of Wall to Wall Carpets

Choosing new flooring for your home is an exciting change, but can also be a difficult decision. You will find yourself trying to balance your desired aesthetic with the functionality you need. Regardless of what new flooring material you choose, you want it to look good & be a long lasting investment. If you are considering wall to wall carpeting, there are a few pros and cons you should be aware of beforehand.

Pros

Comfort

Carpet doesn’t just look cozy & inviting – Carpeted floors are the softest on feet compared to tile & other alternatives. In the colder months, carpet is also the warmest option on bare feet, eliminating the shock of a freezing cold tile. Carpet eliminates the need for area rugs & other costly heating features that many homeowners opt for when they realize how abrasive a cold tile floor is.

Customization

Carpets come in a limitless array of colors, patterns, textures, and styles. You might choose to make an eccentric carpet the focal point of a room, or you can choose a neutral carpet to accentuate other aspects of a home’s decor. Along with providing the most options in one place, a professional can also advise you which carpet materials will best suit your home if you have pets or other concerns for durability.

Cons

Cleaning & Maintenance

Like all flooring materials, carpet requires regular care and maintenance. Regular vacuuming is essential to eliminate the build up of dust & dirt, and even with proper maintenance, carpet might not be the best option for someone sensitive to common allergens. Aside from regular preventative maintenance, immediate spot treatment of spills is critical to keeping your carpet stain-free. If you are not careful & quick to clean up messes, this could mean disaster for your carpet. For this reason, you might want to reconsider carpet altogether and choose a more durable material such as tile or resilient flooring if you have pets or young children.

Damage Potential

Even with regular care, carpet might be the flooring option with the highest potential for damage. One accidental spill of the wrong substance can leave a brand new carpet permanently stained. Mishaps that can damage your carpet include pet urine and coffee & wine spills. These stains & their difficulty to clean not only affect your carpets appearance, but also it’s long term hygiene! Carpet also has a high potential to rip or tear, especially when not installed properly. Regardless of which material you chose for your new floors,  consulting a professional will give you the best idea of your options & ensure a job well done.