Month: March 2014
Carpet has been a popular flooring choice for many years. However it seems to be taking a hit in popularity in recent years. You can’t watch a home improvement show without hearing someone say they want to rip out their carpet and replace it with a hard surface such as wood or stone. Keep reading to find out why carpet is better!
First off having some carpet in the house gives an extra texture to your living space that having all hard surfaces can’t match. People often think durability issues and maintenance when thinking about carpet. However if you chose a higher-end product such as wool or nylon, carpet can be very durable when maintained properly. There I go with the maintenance word again. Carpet maintenance is actually less expensive and easier than that of hard surfaces. Carpet needs to be vacuumed 3 to 4 times a week and cleaned using the hot water extraction method by a qualified professional every 6 to 18 months. However hard surfaces usually need to be cleaned daily to keep them looking clean, and the maintenance on them are much more costly. Cleaning and sealing grout, and sanding and refinishing hardwood are both much more expensive than carpet cleaning (we know this because we offer all of those services).
Besides home fashion and durability, carpet also provides thermal insulation, and sound reduction. It isn’t just your imagination that rooms with carpet feel warmer. They feel warmer because they are warmer. Carpet with pad acts as an insulator causing the R-value in room with carpet to go up. Having wall to wall carpet can save you money on your energy bills. Due to the insulating properties of carpet it also serves as a sound barrier. Homes with some carpet are quieter than homes with all hard surfaces. Sounds absorb into the carpet rather than bounce off of it. Carpet is an outstanding sound absorptive material. When properly selected, carpet absorbs airborne noise as efficiently as many specialized acoustical materials.
Carpet can also be a safer alternative to flooring. Carpet is obviously a much softer surface than stone or wood, so it is much safer for the really young, and really old. In a study done by Ryan W. Marl from Super Steamer, one out of one people surveyed over 80 years old preferred to fall on carpet with pad than on to wood or stone. Identical results were found when sampling one child under 4 years old. There you go people prefer to fall on carpet.
You may say, “eww, fall on carpet, carpet is gross.” However when properly maintained carpet is your least gross option. Carpet also helps provide a healthier indoor environment by acting as a natural filter to remove allergens from the air. I hear people say, “I want to get all wood floors in my house because my children have allergies”. A 15-year Swedish study found no link between carpet and allergy and asthma attacks. In fact, when carpet usage in Sweden decreased by 70 percent, allergy reactions in the general population increased by 30 percent. In 2003, a study of school children in New Jersey found that having carpet in a child’s bedroom was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication. These are just two of many studies showing no correlation between carpet and allergies or asthma.
So for a warmer, softer, quieter, less allergenic home we recommend having at least some carpet. And remember when having carpet installed make sure it is installed by a certified installer (Super Steamer has a CFI Certified installer on staff) or the carpet manufacturer may not stand behind the warranty.
Your purchase will offer you years of beauty, comfort, and service when properly installed and maintained. To help you receive full value, it is important that you become familiar with all the details of your carpet’s warranty information and cleaning recommendations.