Carpet vs Hardwood vs Tiled Floors - What's Best?

Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home
So, either you’re building a new home, currently renovating, or keen for a change, and you’re stuck answering the following question: what type of flooring should we have in our home? While it might seem like a simple question, the answer is a lot more complicated and can depend on a few factors you should consider.

Hardwood floors, carpets, vinyl and tiles all have their benefits and drawbacks, and their suitability totally depends on your lifestyle, your budget, the style of your home, and the amount of effort you want to put in to maintaining your floor. The most suitable option for you can also differ depending on if you are trying to add value to your home if you are planning on putting your house on the market, or to add convenience if you are staying put.

Your flooring choice sets the scene for your home, and it’s one of the first things you and your visitors will notice as you open the front door and enter your home, so it’s important to get it right.

Carpet
Carpet is the most comfortable and welcoming flooring type, and instantly adds warmth and texture to your home. Carpets can be a great option for all households, especially for those with young kids, as it is more comfortable for us adults to be down on the ground with them than on a harder surface. It also means when the little ones take a tumble, the carpet can soften their fall.

Carpet requires more maintenance than other flooring options, as spills and stains require extra elbow grease, or a trained carpet cleaning professional in order to get them back to looking like new. Carpet can also be a bit more pricey than other options, especially as it can be quite noticeable if you are opting for a budget brand carpet. With carpet you pay for what you get, so consider your carpet an investment if it is for your own home. You want the carpet to be clean, comfortable and of a high quality for your family.

Hardwood floors
You might be renovating your home and peel off some old carpet to find some stunning hardwood floors underneath – jackpot! You should seriously consider polishing them up and bringing out your home’s true character. Hardwood floors are a great way to add value to your home in a cost-effective way (if you already have hardwood floors you can work with). While it can be a bit of a process to sand, polish and dry your hardwood floors, often with a professional needed, they are incredibly low maintenance and easy to keep clean with a broom, mop or vacuum.

Also, if you like the idea of hardwood floors, but love the comfort of carpets, you can always add a rug to your hardwood floors for layering, texture and warmth so you get the best of both worlds!

Hardwood floors still require a bit of TLC every now and then though, especially if stiletto heels are worn on them. Prepare to rebuff/sand/polish every 5 years or so. If you’re building a new home and like the look of hardwood floors, you can definitely install these, albeit at a bit more of a cost than a home with existing hardwood floors, or alternatively, opt for a timber look vinyl covering.

Vinyl Floors
Vinyl flooring is a low cost, low maintenance option for those wanting to emulate hardwood floors or tiles without the price tag. This is a popular choice for rental properties as they are easy to install and maintain, and can often be done without the help of a professional.

Vinyl flooring has a bad reputation for being synonymous with cheap and tacky, however some vinyl flooring options are incredibly stylish and high quality, and will fit right in with your new build or renovation. Some timber look vinyl tiles look just like the real deal. Like hardwood floors, they are easy to keep clean with a broom, mop or vacuum, yet don’t require as much maintenance as hardwood floors do. And as they are a lot cheaper than other flooring options, they are easier to update when you decide it’s time to freshen up the bathroom again.

Tiled Floors
Tiles are the perfect way to add style and pizzazz to your home, with so many patterns and tile shapes to choose from. You can even jazz it up by opting for a coloured grouting! Tiles are a lot more permanent than vinyl due to the cost and time involved in installation (professional tilers required), however they are a lot more durable and last much longer than vinyl.

Good quality tiles installed by professional tilers can last up to 20 years, just make sure you are certain of your tile choice. Tiles are also easier to keep clean than carpet, and like vinyl and hardwood floors only require a mop or vacuum to clean. Tiles can be a lot tougher than vinyl and hardwood floors though being super heavy duty and requiring little maintenance over its lifespan.

Regardless of which flooring option you select, the most important factor in its quality and longevity is the amount of energy you put in to maintaining your flooring. It’s all well and good to choose the highest quality tiles or carpet, or paying a professional to transform your hardwood floors, but all that is lost if you do not put in the effort to maintain it.

If you’ve decided on carpet or rugs anywhere in your home, you should consider consulting with a carpet specialist on an annual carpet clean to ensure a healthy and clean home for your family. Drytron are the experts in carpet cleaning in Melbourne, and can ensure the longevity of your carpets and keep them looking like new.

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