Cost Comparison: Carpet vs Laminate Flooring – Which is More Affordable?
If you’re looking for laminate flooring or carpets in Chelsea & Fulham , then look no further than here at The Flooring Group. Both make excellent choices as a flooring solution, but we understand that you may have a budget in mind, so may struggle deciding between the two. But don’t worry, in this guide, we will compare and contrast prices so that you can find the solution that’s just right for you.
Carpet vs Laminate – How Long Do They Last?
When we think of flooring, carpet is typically the material that first springs to mind. It is traditional, comes in a wide range of designs, colours, and textures, and, perhaps crucially, is incredibly comfortable and adds an extra layer of warmth wherever it is placed. However, the average carpet may only last around 5 years (or up to 15 if you’re prepared to invest in more luxurious styles). But when it comes to laminate, it is far more long lasting, with even cheaper options typically only needing to be replaced after 15 years. This means that laminate, in the long run, is probably more a cost effective investment than carpets.
Maintaining Carpets vs Maintaining Laminate
When it comes to laminate flooring, it is a material renowned for being incredibly easy to clean and maintain, often lasting a long time without becoming dirty in areas that are prone to high levels of foot traffic. Carpets, by contrast, are incredibly susceptible to stains, dust, and dirt – that’s why we don’t wear shoes in the house! Nowadays there are a vast range of highly durable, stain resistant carpets available on the market, but you should consider the fact that (if your carpet does become dirty) the cost of cleaning and restoring it will vastly outweigh the cost of repairing damaged laminate.
Considering installation, carpet is suitable for almost any floor but looks truly magnificent when professionally laid, however hiring a professional to do this can be pricey if you want to see the best results. Laminate, on the other hand, is quick and easy to lay yourself and suitable for use on most floor surfaces, meaning you won’t have to hire a professional to come and install it, which will cost you nothing – as well as saving a lot of time.
The Bottom Line
Factors that influence the cost of your new floor will include things such as the size of your room space and the quality of the materials you are willing to invest in. Carpet and laminate are great alternatives to hardwood flooring and, in general, present themselves as some of the cheaper flooring solutions, whilst at the same time not compromising on quality. In terms of long term investment and value for money, however, laminate is far easier to maintain, and costs next to nothing to install.
If you’d like to find out more information about carpet and laminate flooring solutions, then we are here to help. Get in touch with us today.