Cornwall LivingAutumn 2019
Vinyl versus carpet
We hear from the experts at Carpet Connection and discover the relative pros and cons of vinyl and carpet flooring.
When it comes to renovating your home, the amount of options out there – the plethora of materials, styles and finishes – can make it hard to narrow down your search.
“There are relative pros and cons between vinyl and carpet, with each being more convenient in different areas of your home…”
One of the bigger decisions to consider when choosing your flooring is whether to go for hard flooring or carpet. There are a variety of hard floor options but the one that we’ve chosen to cover is vinyl as this is cheaper than hardwood, easier to install and easier
Obviously, the major difference with flooring is whether to go for hard or soft. Do you want the cosy comfort of carpet, or the clean lines of hard flooring? Vinyl flooring offers both a stylish and practical solution thanks to it being hardwearing and easy to clean, and it’s now increasingly popular in kitchens and bathrooms as well as other areas of the home. Comparably, carpet is usually installed in living rooms and bedrooms thanks to its heat retaining properties and general comfort.
For vinyl you have a choice between wood and tile effect; as well as stripes, spots and plains, and there are a variety of different threads and finishes for your carpet as well.
We hear from Carpet Connection Manager, Kevin Williams who tells us: “There are relative pros and cons between vinyl and carpet, with each being more convenient in different areas of your home. With this being said, the best move is often to combine the two. Vinyl for high impact areas such as kitchens and bathrooms and carpet in the cosy corners of the home.”
As a robust alternative to sheet vinyl and wood flooring, luxury vinyl tiling is a worthy option when it comes to choosing a floor and can add a sophisticated feel to your space. Luxury vinyl is particularly useful when you have an open-plan kitchen and living room, as spillages and smells from the kitchen can be cleaned up easily whereas carpet would be harder to maintain.
It’s important to remember that the feel of your floor has a major impact too. To make the decision process even easier, a trip to the Carpet Connection showroom in Helston comes highly recommended, where you can talk to the team and peruse the collections for yourself.
"There are relative pros and cons between vinyl and carpet, with each being more convenient in different areas of your home..."