Are you conflicted on the type of flooring you should use for your remodel? Installing carpet offers many benefits, especially in spaces where you want to feel cozy, such as your bedrooms and living rooms.
While the warmer, cozier feel is a huge bonus, the feel isn't the only perk you get from the padding and thickness of carpet installation.
Keep reading for seven benefits of installing carpet in your home.
1. Softer Feel UnderfootDo you spend most of your time at home barefoot? Think of carpet as a built-in slipper that covers all of your flooring. The fibers not only feel soft, but the thickness and padding add a bit of squishiness to your floor, making it more comfortable.
It's also more comfortable to sit on if you spend much time on the floor. This is often the case when you have young kids who like to play or even pets who need a little love and attention on the floor.
The material, type of carpet, and thickness of the carpet and padding you choose affect how soft the flooring feels. Explore the options with flooring pros to find carpet that offers the level of softness you want.
2. Warmer Floors
If you're tired of stepping onto freezing cold floors, carpet could be a good replacement. Carpet has an insulating effect on your floors and helps retain heat.
It makes your floors a lot more inviting for bare feet, especially in the winter months. This makes it perfect for bedrooms, so you can step out of your warm bed onto warm flooring.
The warmer floors can also help reduce your heating bills. With the insulating effect, you might be able to lower your thermostat a few degrees. The flooring makes you feel warmer since your feet stay cozy, and it can help hold more heat in the room.
A thermostat decrease of 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over 8 hours each day can cut your heating and cooling expenses by 10%. Even if your thermostat reduction isn't that significant, you can still save some on your utility bills.
3. Improved Acoustics
The padding and carpet fibers also insulate against sound. Instead of letting sound waves bounce off of the floor, carpet absorbs the sound to cut down on echoes and noises. Carpeting also cushions your feet, which cuts down on noisy footsteps that you often get on hard floor surfaces.
The dampened sound makes your room feel cozier and more inviting. It can be especially helpful in busy areas that are often very noisy. The improved acoustics are also ideal for bedrooms and other areas where a quiet environment is desired.
4. Safety and Health
Carpet gives your floors more traction than smooth, hard-surface materials. This can help reduce the risk of you slipping and falling. That can be especially beneficial if you have young kids just learning to walk.
If you still happen to fall, the carpet gives you a little bit softer landing, which might help minimize your injuries. Choose carpet with a thicker pile and a thicker carpet pad for extra cushioning.
If you have asthma or allergies, the carpeting could help minimize your symptoms. The fibers can trap the allergens that irritate your health conditions.
When you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter regularly, you can pull the contaminants out of the carpet and get them out of your home before they cause issues. HEPA filters are capable of collecting 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns, including bacteria, pollen, and mold.
5. Style Options
If you envision bad shag carpet from the 70s at the mention of carpeting, you'll be glad to know the options have improved significantly over the years. The many different types of carpet give you a lot of variety to find a soft floor covering that fits your style.
Cut and loop carpets incorporate subtle patterns into your flooring with swirls, chevrons, and other patterns as an option. Frieze carpet adds style to your room with its curly texture. Loop pile carpets offer exceptional resiliency in high-traffic areas.
Choosing carpet colors that fit your room also helps establish your style. While other floor coverings are limited in their color and finish options, carpet allows you to infuse your room with a wide range of colors. This can be anything from versatile, light neutrals that go well with anything to bold, dark colors that make a statement.
Carpeting also comes in a wide range of thicknesses. Low-pile carpeting is often very durable and easy to keep clean in busy areas. Thicker, softer fibers add a sumptuous feel in spaces such as bedrooms where you want to feel pampered.
6. Minimal Maintenance
Carpet is a very durable, forgiving floor covering option that doesn't require much care. Regular vacuuming with a high-quality vacuum keeps dirt, pet hair, crumbs, and other debris from building up in the fibers. A professional deep cleaning once or twice per year can get the really deep odors and debris.
Many new carpet options have built-in stain resistance, which makes your rug easier to clean when spills inevitably happen. The protection from stains lasts without any chemicals or treatments needing to be reapplied down the road.
7. Cost-Effective Material
Carpet pricing can vary widely depending on what you choose, but the price range is usually on the lower end of flooring options. You can find a carpet option for most budgets.
Installation of carpet is also usually easier than other materials. It's less labor-intensive and is faster to install than flooring options such as tile, which helps make the installation more affordable.
If you're on a budget, carpet can be a smart option. You can get it professionally installed for much less than other flooring materials. Professional installation is key since pros have the carpet installation tools to do the job correctly.
Enjoy the Benefits of Installing Carpet
Installing carpet comes with many perks, both functional and aesthetic. Looking at the benefits and comparing them to other flooring options can help you determine if carpet is the best option for your space.
Contact us today for a free in-home estimate to explore your carpet options.