Carpet versus laminate flooring, is laminate flooring better than carpet? What factors do you consider if you are thinking of updating your flooring?
After pondering for a few months, I finally made up my mind and got my hubby on board. He is very picky and hard to convince at times, well, most of the time, I should say :). Having a construction business, my husband always emphasizes on the quality whether it’s for our business or for our personal use, which is really a good trait for an owner. Keep on reading to see my before and after photos, which I am happy to share with you.
I did some research to arrive with my decision and I hope that you will find it valuable in your selection. I narrowed it down to laminate and carpet but for more details on laminate & carpet and for the other types of flooring, you can find them here.
Factors for consideration:
Laminate doesn’t hide dust & dirt and doesn’t absorb odors and moisture. It is a type of flooring recommended for allergy sufferers.
Carpet on the other hand, tends to absorb a lot of odor and moisture. It hides dust, dirt, pet dander and even pollen, hence, not recommended for those suffering from allergies.
Laminate requires weekly maintenance such as vacuuming and sweeping. It doesn’t require buffing during its lifespan.
Carpet like laminate requires a weekly vacuuming for upkeep, however, usually requires a once a year deep steam cleaning (frequency depends on the household use).
Laminate. When choosing laminate flooring, do not opt for the low-end ones as this will only last fewer than 3 years. In terms of life span, laminate can last anywhere from 8 to 15 years.
Carpet like laminate has the same life span, around 8 to 15 years. Don’t opt for the low-end ones as it will last fewer than 3 years.
4. Repair & Replacement
Repair & Replacement
Laminate – Laminate flooring can be snapped into place, hence, the damaged section of your flooring can be easily repaired and replaced.
Carpet – When it comes to carpet, repair can also be done. You can cut the damaged section and replace it with a left- over carpet or cut a piece from inconspicuous area such as under your bed. The seam may sometimes appear noticeable.
Between the two, laminate is easier to repair and replace.
They say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, so it really depends on your personal preference.
Laminate – Available in a wide range of beautiful designs that mimic the wood natural look. Other styles imitate the stone or tile appearance while keeping its rugged durability characteristic.
Carpet – A wide variety of style, patterns and colors to choose from. Unlike laminate that is limited to either hardwood, stone or tile appearance, carpet offers more selections.
Laminate – It has the necessary padding support, but unlike carpet, it doesn’t have the topmost layer that is soft and plush.
Carpet – It has an advantage over the laminate as carpet is more comfortable to walk on and soft on your feet especially when you like to walk around bare foot at home.
7. Noise & Insulation
Laminate – It doesn’t have the ability to absorb, thereby, it is loud and echoey
Carpet – Its cushion minimizes the noise when you walk on it. It has the insulating property that keeps the space warm and cozy.
8. Carpet vs Laminate Flooring Cost
Cost wise, there is not much difference between the two. Most is around the same price. This is a good thing as it enables you to take this out of the equation which narrows down your factors for consideration in your selection.
The End Result
Carpet versus laminate flooring? What’s the verdict?
I went with the Laminate Flooring!
These are the factors I considered when choosing the laminate flooring over the carpet: cleanliness, maintenance, durability, repair & replacement and aesthetics.
We got rid of the old carpet and replaced it with laminate flooring. We are so glad to go with this Harbour Oak from End of the Roll. We have an existing oak hardwood flooring on the main floor and with this Harbour Oak shade, with a tinge of oak and dark wood hue on it, it blends in well and there is a continuous flow.
I placed 2 round, multi-colored area rugs (from Wayfair) by the seating areas for a more cozy feel and a nice touch for our bare feet. Beautiful flooring that is easy to clean and maintain, and Luna couldn’t agree more.
See my before and after photos below . What do you think?