Posted on: 20 April 2016
Have you recently purchased a home that needs an upgrade in its interior design? Do some of the rooms still have vintage shag carpet from the 70s that needs to go away? If you're busily looking through carpet catalogs for a replacement, here are some reasons why you might want to consider hardwood flooring instead:
Allergen-free: Carpeting has a tendency to attract any allergens that come near it. Dust, dander, pollen and more become trapped within the carpet fibers. When you walk on the carpet, the allergens can be thrown into the air by the tiny air currents created by your feet. For most people, this isn't going to be a problem. However, if you have bad allergies or asthma, then you want to reduce the amount of indoor pollution as much as possible. Hardwood flooring, being relatively smooth, won't trap dirt and pollen. While you may still have to deal with the creation of balls of hair, or dust bunnies, they will be easier to clean up and get rid of than allergens that have been caught in carpet.
Longer lasting: Although you can find antique area rugs, the average modern carpet is only likely to last about 5-25 years. If you have young children or pets, the wear and tear on the carpet can mean that it doesn't even last as long as the average. But hardwood flooring is extremely durable. Unlike soft carpet, it will last for many years with relatively little maintenance. Instead of having to steam clean your carpet every few months, you may only need to wax a hardwood floor once a year or once every other year. If you have a busy lifestyle, low maintenance floors may be just the thing for you.
Better wheelchair mobility: If you or one of your family uses a wheelchair or a power scooter, you might have heard complaints about carpeted rooms. A wheelchair can get stuck in a very thick and plush carpet, requiring extra effort to get moving once again. It may also be difficult to make it between rooms where there is a drastic transition, such as from a carpeted living room to a tiled kitchen or bathroom and vice versa. With hardwood flooring, these issues are reduced or eliminated entirely. This can mean the difference between needing assistance simply to move from room to room and being able to get to the refrigerator or toilet on his or her own.Share