Hardwood gets a lot of attention and acclaim as an upscale home flooring system. However, carpet still offers a number of important advantages when you install it in your living room.
Easy on Your Feet and Legs
Carpet is softer and gentler than hardwood, which makes it better at cushioning your steps as you walk. The ability of carpet to absorb your body's impact as you walk reduces stress on your legs and feet. It may also improve back pain since your body is not experiencing the hard surface impact.
Stay Warm and Save Money
Carpet is a more natural insulator than hardwood as well. It blocks the cold air from coming up through the sub-floor and penetrative the room. The natural warming effect of carpet saves you money in a couple ways. First, your furnace does not have to run as much to keep your home warm in the winter. Plus, you do not have to buy expensive rugs as many homeowners do with a wood floor.
Build a Color Scheme
Wood has natural aesthetic beauty, but your color options are limited. With carpet, you have choices among many colors and blended designs. Therefore, you have more flexibility to select a flooring system that coordinates well with the overall appearance of a room. Match the carpet with your walls, drapes, furniture and décor.
Kids and seniors have less risk of a fall on carpet. Smooth surfaces, like hardwood, contribute to slips and falls when residents wear socks. Carpet has more friction when you step. If you do fall, the cushion of carpet breaks the fall better than a hard surface, which minimizes injuries.
Maintain Calm and Tranquility
The cushioning quality of carpet also leads to a quieter, calmer and more tranquil home. You do not have to listen to the thumping sounds as adults walk around, or as kids run around the room. Carpet insulates external sounds better than hardwood as well. Hardwood may cause an echoing effect.
Do not rush blindly into hardwood because it is the trendy thing to do. Consider the advantages of carpet and whether they fit better with your house and family. Carpet reduces stress on your body, enhances safety for kids and seniors, keeps you warmer in the cold winter months, allows for visual flexibility and contributes to a calmer, more tranquil environment.