Carpet Vs Wood Floor
When looking at adding aesthetics to your home the most common debate tends to be based on carpet vs wood floor. We are here to give our personal and professional opinion.
Wood and stone can both look stunning – but only fitted correctly. Nature has shaped the product so very tile or plank will be unique and no two floors will be identical, adding to the lure of this type of flooring.
However, there are a few disadvantages to be aware of. Both wood and stone are susceptible to scratching, however, wood offers more options to rectify than stone – scratches to stone will be more permanent. Whilst a poly-urethane wood finish proved a tough protective coating, it is very difficult to ‘make good’ if a scratch does occur, however, a wax/oil finish allows for straight forward touching up in areas of high tread and if maintained, has the advantage of looking great for its entire life, without the need to sand and seal. All types of wood or stone flooring will benefit from good doormats and protective pads for furniture legs which will help to minimise damage, although very often the natural tone of stone and rustic wood can help to disguise scratches. For example, a prime oak is more contemporary looking with little or no knots, therefore, a scratch may look more obvious, whereas a rustic grade will have variations in grain and colour, offering an element of ‘camouflage’. Natural stone will also vary in grain and colour and the same principle applies.
Carpet still remains the most popular and cost-effective option, with consumers now able to enjoy collections that embrace colour, pattern and design which were previously only available in the more up-market ranges. Consumers have been inspired and are having more fun than ever capitalising on what’s on offer. Stripes on stairs, tartan in studies, spots in children’s rooms…. The industry has moved on significantly with qualities increasing to pleasing standards. Maintenance of carpets are surprisingly simple – carpets can easily be cleaned using hot water extraction machines which rely on heat and water to effectively remove soiling – the purchase of one is a very prudent purchase.