Hardwood flooring and carpet are both great options for floors. However, each of them has its pros and cons.

Laminate flooring is imitation wood flooring. The big advantage is lowered price of installation and the durability factor. Laminate floors work well in any room of the house: hallways, family spaces, bathrooms, kitchens.

If yours is like most homes, busy with plenty of traffic, hardwood and laminate floors can be very loud. Having a carpet floor simply cuts down on the noise in a number of ways. It blocks sound from traveling through floors, good for condos and apartments, it cuts down the noise from footsteps, it also absorbs echoes and room sounds.

In terms of cost, laminate flooring and carpeting are generally the same with only minor exceptions.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Some say carpeting is the classic, more prudent choice. But the facts prove otherwise. Well kept carpeting at its best only lasts between five and ten years given that it is exposed to normal, residential wear and tear.Conversely, laminate floors can endure high traffic use and still last up to over 30 years, with the chic coloring and printed surface still glowing.

Carpet used to be the most popular floor covering around, although it’s always had its problems. Dirt and dust get trapped in carpet, which makes it difficult to clean, and can aggravate people’s allergies over time.

Pet on Hardwood Flooring

Pet on Laminate Flooring

Wood Laminate Floors are easy to clean and is no way for stains or dirt to get attached to it. If the laminate is dirty the dirt is plainly visible to the eye, not hidden deep in carpet textures, and can be wiped up reassuringly. In plus, over the time wood floors catch an interesting natural pattern.

First of all when looking at carpet versus wooden floors you need to have a look at your lifestyle. For example do you have pets or children, or both?For home owners with pets, it is a lot to be said for laminate floors as they are easy to keep clean. Wooden floors can just be mopped clean if dirty; however it may be susceptible to scratching over a period of time.But laminate flooring is not child friendly as it has no cushioning bounce to it, in the event your little one falls over.

In addition carpets are warmer to be touch underfoot and can be made to fit any space far more easily than laminate flooring can be. As an example you could not realistically use laminate flooring in the same way that you could do with carpet in a lot of areas. Laminate flooring cannot be made to curl around stair treads as an example.

Toddler on Berber Carpet

Berber Carpet

Laminate flooring can add to the resale value of your home. Most home buyers are looking for hardwood floors instead of carpet. Laminate gives you the wood look for less and can make your home look more open and modern. It also is environmentally friendly because it uses less wood – if any – in its construction.

Laminate flooring does not absorb sound well and can have a hollow sound when you walk on it, particularly in high heels. Using an acoustic underlay will help reduce the noise, but it still may be a nuisance.