With years in the industry, we had observed people coming in to our showroom and wanting to replace carpet in their home with a hard surface such as hardwood or laminate. One of the main reasons given was that carpets are dirty dust and dirt trappers, cause allergies and not suitable for people with asthma. Those reasons are in fact wrong. Research had shown, that people who live in homes with wall to wall carpet showed fewer symptoms of asthma than those without carpet. Another research showed that school aged children missed fewer days at work whose bedrooms had carpet in them and generally suffered less from respiratory deceases including asthma. Another interesting fact is that carpeting as a choice of flooring had dropped to less than 2% of total flooring market since the 1970s, despite that, allergy symptoms and asthma sufferers had grown significantly since then. The question is why?
To answer is actually quite simple. Carpet acts as an air filter inside your home. It traps dust, pollen, dirt and other allergens, keeping them from being airborne and producing fewer instances of respiratory diseases. However, just like a furnace or A/C filter inside your home becoming full, carpet also becomes full with dust, dirt and pollen, therefore regular vacuuming is required to maintain its filter like capabilities.
When you walk on hardwood, the sound of your steps will likely travel throughout the home. With carpet, the sound will be deadened, and your home will be more quiet. If you have young, playful children, this will be a welcome factor.
In a retail establishment, where one is often on their feet throughout the day, carpet provides a welcome relief to the feet, by softening the impact of walking, and reducing fatigue.
Carpets act as a natural insulator, keeping the cold air out in the winter, and cool air from escaping in the summer, reducing your overall energy consumption.
Carpets typically last longer than hardwood flooring, provided basic proper maintenance is done, such as weekly vacuuming and annual deep cleaning. Unlike hardwood, carpet will not dent or scratch – a very common occurrence in hardwood floors if you have pets or young children.
Most modern carpets use sophisticated compounds that allow for easy cleaning, including the most tough stains such as pet stains, wine spills, grease, juices etc. In addition, they are designed not to retain pet hair, allowing for pet hair to be simply vacuumed.
Overall, modern carpets have many advantages and none of the disadvantages that some may associate a carpet with. At the end of the day, the choice of flooring should be based on look you want to accomplish. If carpet is something you considered but were hesitant due to various misconceptions, we hope that this article will help you make an informed decision. Visit our Toronto showroom for carpet ideas and consultation on all your flooring needs.
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