My Home Idea: Tile Flooring Vs Carpet Flooring
Prefer a plush wall-wall carpet to a crisp and clean ceramic floor? Stumped between earthy granite designs or Persian themed floors? Do you crave a metallic porcelain feel or a velvety touch underfoot? Decision, decisions. But do not fret, after reading this you will be equipped to make a well informed decision about your choice of flooring.
Both carpet and tiles remain popular choices for household flooring. Let us get down to the basics and see if either of them emerges the clear winner. We need to keep a few factors in mind, such as cost, comfort, style, maintenance and the like, to kick start our journey of pitting pros and cons against one another.
Cost: Both carpets and tiles come in a diverse price range. From the inexpensive to the priceless, the options are many. Since, carpets tend to be worn out easily; you will want to invest in a more expensive carpet which lasts longer. On the other hand, regardless of the type of tile used, they tend to be more durable and do not need to be replaced often.
Comfort: Carpets have tiles beat by a mile in terms of comfort. Tiles tend to be hard and cold, especially in winters. Prolonged standing on tiles while performing household chores can have adverse effects on the feet. Though tiles retain less heat and stay cool in summers, the same property can have a negative effect in winters resulting in a higher gas bill to heat up the house.
Carpets are soft to touch, keep the floor warm and have a welcome feel to stand on. Carpets with close weaves have a plush feel to them and are delightful to walk on.
Design: Carpets and tiles come in a wide variety of colors and shapes. For wall to wall carpeting, choose a uniform color, which does not take the attention off your interiors. Extensive and elaborate carpet designs certainly lend a very luxurious feel to your home, but might contrast sharply with your furniture.
Tiles were once restricted to use in bathrooms. Now, they are ubiquitous. With a diverse range of colors, textures, shapes and designs, tiles are fast becoming a choice flooring for many and are widely used in kitchens, living rooms and patios. It is a good idea to limit carpeting to the bedrooms and experiment with tile flooring in your living, kitchen and bath rooms.
Installation: Carpet installation is easy and quick. Wall-wall carpeting can be done in a few hours and can be accomplished by placing a pad onto the floor, placing the carpet on top and nailing the whole structure in place.
Tile installation is a much more elaborate process, involving a thorough cleaning of the old floor, grout spread evenly, tiles laid and grout applied between each tile. This takes up to a few days to complete, especially if you have an elaborate design in mind.
Maintenance & Cleaning: This is one area where tiles clearly trump carpets. Tiles are easy to sweep and mop, are stain and spill resistant and require less vacuuming. They are non-allergenic as well.
Carpets on the other hand, require constant cleaning, frequent vacuuming and steaming to break down dust and dirt. The accumulated dust and dirt if not removed regularly, tends to break down carpet fibers. They also accumulate pollen, animal dander and other allergens.
Carpets stain easily, tend to be musty in humid areas and can also accumulate high amounts of mildew.