Good carpeting can add warmth and color to a room. It can also add class and style. Whether it is woven by hand or mass produced the intricate patterns, the feel of the materials and the colors used can transform what was a bare, cold structure into a true home. Carpets are the base on which many households are built. They set the tone and may inspire the choice of furnishings used to create the character of the home or business. But carpeting also has many disadvantages. They can be magnets for dust mites, dirt, bugs and germs and they are also expensive to keep clean. Cleaning up spills, removing stains and keeping them hypoallergenic can be a nightmare.
Carpets provide excellent insulation. Whether it is hot or cold carpets can help to maintain the temperature in the home and cut down on the power bill. While hardwood floors or tile may look impressive and stylish, they invariable allow heat or cold to radiate through the floors. That can become a problem especially when the winter chill settles over the building during the colder months. Carpeting can make getting out of bed and walking to the bathroom a lot more pleasant on cold winter mornings. It can also help prevent colds because children and adults don’t have to play or walk on ice-cold floors.
The beauty of the right carpeting can also make a dramatic difference in a home. They can add life to the home and create a unique look in each room. The design, color or thickness of the carpet can really make a statement in each room. One need not pay exorbitant prices for imported carpets to set the mood and atmosphere. A good carpet in neutral tones can make any room look and feel warm, rich and inviting no matter the season.
Carpeting is also great for helping to insulate against sound. Carpet tends to absorb the sound and keep it isolated into specific rooms. It also cuts down on the echo effect. Often people with teenagers or adolescents choose carpeting for their rooms for just this reason.
There are some down sides to carpeting your home. One of the most devastating ones is the effect carpeting can have on the health of people with respiratory ailments. Carpets hold dust and other allergens. These allergens can cause major problems for people with asthma, bronchitis or other respiratory challenges. Carpeting can also cause breathing problems for infants whose respiratory systems are very sensitive. The elderly can sometimes be negatively impacted by the dust mites and other pests that sometimes make their homes in the carpet. These problems can be exacerbated if the carpet is very old or has not been thoroughly cleaned for some time. Carpets can also hold moisture. Over time this can allow mold to grow and lead to serious health issues. People with asthma may be especially susceptible.
Another problem associated with carpets is the keeping of pets. Pets have ‘accidents’. Removing the results of these accidents from carpeting can be a challenge. Ticks, fleas and other pests can also go from the pets to the carpet and back again. This can sometimes lead the people living in the carpeted home to have to be concerned about these pests getting into their hair, clothes and furnishings.
Cats can be particularly troublesome. If the cat urinates or defecates on the carpet removing the stains and the smell can be near impossible. Cats also sometimes use the carpet to sharpen their claws. This can lead to serious damage to the carpet and may force the homeowner to have to continually repair or replace it.
Carpeting can make a building look warm and can enhance the look of any home. If one buys carpets in classic colors and textures they can look and feel great for years to come. However one must also consider the effect pets, people and pests can have on the carpet and how those elements will affect the health of the occupants and the appearance of the home.