Carpets are more durable than you might think

If all this talk about various types of flooring bugs you, then consider carpeting. It’s a good alternative.

Some people don’t care for wooden floors, or ceramics or vinyl or even hardwood. They want to stick to tried, tested-and-true carpeting, because that is what they like. They want the warmth and durability that a good carpet offers. This more than makes good sense if your house happens to be built on a concrete slab. The bottom line is that carpets may be just as durable as other flooring choices. It just depends on your lifestyle and what kind of look you want inside your home.

Carpet has the knack for changing the whole ambiance of a room. It can make the floor cushy to foot traffic, depending on the thickness of padding. It can brighten up a room, give it elegance, and make a previously dull room come to life. It can also make a once forbidding looking den or office look like a relaxing place to be and work.

Many families with small children would prefer having carpeting in their home, as the kids are less likely to fall and hurt themselves. Of course, maintaining a carpet with kids in the house can be a drink spilling challenge, but there are some very good carpets today that will take drinks and other horrid drips and splashes with aplomb and still look good. This is the case for pet owners as well. There are ways to keep the carpet looking good, even after a “gift” was deposited.

Additionally, homes with stairs appreciate carpeting for the traction it provides. Wood is slippery and has the potential to be dangerous if you misstep. You may wind up at the bottom of the stairs at lot fast than you expected. This is the last thing you want when your kids are small and just learning to get around.

Either way you look at it, no matter what type of flooring you choose, it all has to be cleaned, one way or the other. That would include dusting, scrubbing, mopping, vacuuming, polishing, and so forth. So it all comes down to which method of cleaning is less arduous for you and what ultimately suits your lifestyle.

In the final analysis, you need to make a flooring choice based on many things, not the least of which is the budget. From there, you consider the “look” you want, the style and color that would work and which rooms need to be done right away. The choices you make will dictate the comfort and style you are looking for in a quality flooring.

Dean Dupre is with Champion Tile, a Clearwater Flooring, Tampa Flooring, and tile installation company. To learn more, visit

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