Our floors are an integral part of our lives. Not to mention they are everywhere. Children plays for hours on them, infants crawl on them, we breathe in their fumes, and we entertain and sit on the floor. Carpet flooring covers about 60% of the floors in our business and schools with the other 40% being tile, laminate flooring, vinyl flooring, and wood flooring to name a few. We have compiled a list of 6 important qualities with corresponding information on Carpet and Wood Flooring.
- Tufted Carpets, consisting of rows of machine-punched yarns. They generally last between five and seven years. Some carpets can last longer. Woven carpets, made on a loom, have a life span of 20-30 years.
- You are more than likely going to have to rip up the floor and replace it every few years.
- Loop pile carpets are the most durable because there are no open ends, making it less likely to pull or shed.
- “Nylon, Olefin (polypropylene), and wool resist wear and tear much better than other fibers, like acrylic and polyester.” Read More on HowStuffWorks.com
- Wood can last hundreds of years with proper care and periodic refinishing. Read More Benefits Of Hardwood Flooring
- Once upon a time, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development once required wood floors in the homes with mortgages they backed because they contributed to the structural integrity of the home. In the mid 1960’s thing changed to allow carpet over a wood subfloor.
- Direct sunlight can cause fading to the finish. When you move a rug or a piece of furniture there is a noticeable difference of lightness & darkness between covered and uncovered parts of the floor.
“Floor coverings are a major reservoir for indoor and outdoor allergens, including animal dander and dust mites,” explains Jonathan Bernstein, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati in the Division of Immunology and Allergy.
- Since 1993 this industry has required manufacturers to label carpets with a health advisory warning such as “some people experience allergic or flu-
like symptoms, headaches, or respiratory problems, which are associated with the installation, cleaning or removal of carpeting.”
- Those suffering from asthma or allergies might be more sensitive than most. These same people may also be affected by the dirt, dust mites and mildew that can build up in carpet flooring.
- Carpet flooring is likely to harbor known carcinogens such as p-Dichlorobenzene and other chemicals which have been known to cause hallucinations.
- Read More of Carpet flooring’s Health Risks
- Wood has no fibers, grout lines or embossing that can trap dust, pollen, particles, animal dander and allergens that occur with carpets.
- Tests by leading allergists have proven that wood flooring provides a healthier environment for these allergy sufferers
- Certain carpet materials give off gaseous volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which can cause headaches and respiratory problems for susceptible people. (Jonathan Bernstein, MD)
- Carpet is made largely from petroleum, a very limited resource, and is not natural in any way.
- Vacuums can hold harmful bacteria like salmonella for up to two months and release toxins while cleaning.
- The environmental protection agency reports that indoor air quality is better with wood floors. Wood is a sustainable, renewable and natural material.
- This flooring can emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, into the air. These can be released by wood sealants and finishes. You can find wood flooring that emits little to none. Read More Here
- Harmful emissions from chemicals like Formaldehyde are regulated. Companies must label their products “CARB 2 Compliant” to inform consumers that their Formaldehyde levels are within the acceptable range.
- Lumbers Liquidators and Lowes are two companies that have been under scrutiny for their laminate wood flooring having more than 5 times the limit. Read More Here
4. Home Value
In the mid-1960s the wood floor requirement by the Us Department of Housing and Urban development was changed, allowing for carpet over a wood subfloor.
- Now there is a surge of carpet removing for health, aesthetics and increased home value.
- “Very few customers want carpet…not to mention that your carpets are probably dirty and may include your smell…and the buyer will want to rip those out anyway.” Says Debbie Gartner, owner of the Flooring Girl Blog. Read more of her post here: http://theflooringgirl.com/blog/what-types-of-flooring-provide-the-best-roi-if-you-are-sellin-your-home-soon.html
- It is almost always less expensive to refinish your hardwood than to recarpet.
- Real estate professionals cite a faster rate of sale and higher prices at the time of resale for homes with hardwood floors.
- If you have wood floors, and they are beaten up, your first consideration should be to refinish the floors. Most real estate agents state that you will get your investment back three fold on this.
5. Maintenance and Cleaning
Stains soak in and settle permanently, and dust and micro bacteria tend to get attracted to, and caught in the fibers of the floor.Carpet
- Even if you vacuum your carpet daily, it will still need a professional cleaning that uses hot water extraction once or twice a year
- If you are vacuuming incorrectly, they will “ugly out” before they wear out. Use a vacuum with good suction and move in slow, repetitive, overlapping strokes.
- Dirt and stains cause more damage to a carpet if they are allowed to penetrate more deeply.
- Cleaning these floors is rather simple. Dust mopping, sweeping, or vacuuming keeps wood floors dust and debris free. You also should clean these floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional.
- They are much more resistant to spills and stains than carpet and are easier to clean when such problems arise.
- They can be refinished rather than replaced when the finish has worn out.
- These floors are more susceptible to water damage. We advise that water or liquids are not allowed to pool up and damage the integrity of the wood. Putting mats under house plants, rugs in high water areas like bathrooms and kitchens and wiping up spills immediately.
6. Design and Customization
- “You can specify details such as desired shape, size and colors to use with fabric watches, color chips, yarn pieces or any reliable material for reference.” States CarpetWonders.com : http://www.carpetwonders.com/customization.html
- Most carpet customization companies can find matching colors from their existing color range or even custom dye.
- This service can be costly and time consuming.
- This flooring type offers you the ability to have more control over their flooring design.
- You receive the benefits of a greater range of flooring options with multiple colors, design, finishes, stains and styles.
- There is no need to remove and replace the hardwood flooring when trying to change the décor or moving into a new place because they can be refinished for a new style, look and design!
- If the space has historical significance or unique architectural style, this versatility may be critical in creating the right look in your hardwood flooring.
- You can also get reclaimed wood, flooring stock that’s made from timbers salvaged from older structures or sunken logs.