What are the Benefits of Carpet?

With our new range of carpets recently introduced here at Floormania, we thought now would be a great time to tell you all about the advantages of having a carpet in your home. With an abundance of colours and styles to suit any room and budget, you can find the right carpet to match your lifestyle needs. Here are 8 reasons why carpet is a great flooring choice for homes:

 

1. The cushioning effect

One of the most noticeable differences between carpet and hard floors is the texture – carpets are a lot softer on the feet compared to hard floors such as wood or laminate. This gives an added comfort when walking, standing and of course, curling up after a long day (something you may find difficult on a hard floor)!

 

2. Health benefits

Carpets trap particles and dust which improves the air quality and circulation within the home. For this reason, they can help ease health problems such as asthma and allergies.

 

3. Safety bonus

To help prevent slips and falls, carpets are considered a safer option than hard floors where slips are more likely to happen. This is particularly beneficial for families with young children or elderly residents with mobility problems.

 

4. Save on heating

Compared to hard floors, carpets have significant insulating qualities, providing extra warmth during cold seasons. This can keep the heating bills low, as carpets are able to preserve warm air for longer.

 

5. Enjoy the peace and quiet

As well as insulating a room, carpets are also excellent noise absorbers. Where hard floors often echo the sound of footsteps, carpets do the opposite by muffling noises, creating a nice, quiet environment.

 

6. A cost-effective option

Many carpet ranges are budget friendly with long life expectancies if well looked after. In comparison to hard floors which often require preparation prior to installation, carpets can be easily installed over many different sub-floors, keeping the costs low.

 

7. Stylish and appealing

With so many styles, patterns and colours to choose from, plain rooms can be transformed into statement spaces with the right carpet. Choose dark colours to bring warmth to a room, light shades to make a space feel bigger and opt for a textured carpet to add dimension to a minimalistic room.

 

Our Floormania carpet experts are on hand to help you with the next step in the process. Contact us here for advice on finding the perfect carpet for your home.

Choosing the Best Floor for Your Rental Property

 

With an increasing number of people choosing to pay rent over mortgage in Australia, investment properties are becoming more popular. As a landlord, there are many factors to consider when choosing renter-friendly flooring, particularly price, durability and longevity. To give you some guidance, here is a list of popular flooring choices and the pros and cons of each:

 

Hardwood

Pros: In terms of durability, hardwood is renowned for being a floor that can last a lifetime. Solid hardwood can be refinished numerous times for a fresh look. It also is moisture resistant, easy to clean and can boost property resale value.

Cons: Hardwood is one of the more expensive options, however, it is also a long-term investment. It is not scratch-proof, so heeled shoes and vacuum heads may dent the wood. It is not ideal for humid climates as planks can expand/contract.

Good for: Living/dining areas, hallway and bedrooms.

 

Carpet

Pros: A much lower priced option, carpets are easy to install and last around 5-7 years. They are much cheaper to replace than most other floors. Carpets also act as an insulator, lowering the heating bills. They are ideal in multi-storey properties as they muffle noise and footsteps.

Cons: Carpets stain easily and are likely to need professional cleaning between tenants. They aren’t highly durable and are not advised in areas of high footfall.

Good for: Bedrooms.

 

Vinyl Plank

Pros: Very popular in wet areas, vinyl is hard-wearing, highly resistant to water and low-cost. It absorbs noise well and is softer underfoot than other solid surfaces. It has a quick and simple installation process and can be cleaned easily.

Cons:  Vinyl is not scratch-proof and can be dented by sharp objects. It is difficult to remove if installed using glue.

Good for: Bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, living/dining areas.

 

Laminate

Pros: With a similar appearance to hardwood, laminate is often installed as a more affordable alternative. It is resilient, easy to maintain and highly scratch-resistant – ideal for high traffic areas.

Cons: Though durable, laminate won’t last as long as hardwood. It isn’t waterproof and can be susceptible to moisture damage. If installed as a floating floor, footsteps can sound noisy and hollow.

Good for: Living/dining areas, hallway and bedrooms.

 
Now that you are equipped with the pros and cons, it’s time to choose the flooring for your rental property. Pop into one of our stores or speak to our knowledgeable staff for more information.