Carpeting has been a staple in homes for a very long time, giving homeowners something soft and warm to walk on as well as adding color and style to a room. However, as of late, there has been a resurgence of hardwood flooring due to the many flaws associated with carpet. The bottom line is that there are several reasons you should ditch your carpet and have your St. Joseph flooring contractors install hardwood or tile floors. If you are skeptical, here are the reasons you need to rid yourself that carpet.
That carpet in your living room and bedroom is manufactured using synthetic fibers and chemicals that can be hazardous to your health. Your carpet releases volatile chemicals including cyclohexane, styrene and toluene, which infiltrate the air you breathe aggravating allergies, causing coughing and stuffing up your sinuses. It is these very same chemicals that also cause irritation to your throat and eyes in addition to causing headaches and dizziness. If you have ever heard the term “sick building syndrome,” your carpet could be the cause of some pretty serious health issues.
Even if you cannot see them with the naked eye, your carpet is teeming with pests and bacteria. It is time to realize that your carpet could be home to nasty pests including bed bugs, dust mites, fleas and carpet beetles as well as bacteria and germs that cause illnesses like the stomach flu and the common cold. We have a word for this, ewwww.
Household fungus comes in a variety of types and isn’t limited to your tile and walls. That’s right, any moisture that happens to get trapped under your carpet soon becomes a breeding ground for mold. In the long run, mold can cause any number of respiratory issues.
That carpet in your home acts like a spider web and traps dust, dirt and other allergens and nasty particles. And if you think a quick Hoovering will resolve this issue, think again. Vacuuming your home often just kicks up these microscopic nasties and sends them to other parts of your home.
By removing the carpet in your home, you are actually increasing your home’s value. Most home buyers will readily admit that they would prefer to buy a home with hardwood flooring or some other solid surface floors. This means your wall-to-wall carpeting may not bode well in the housing market. So having hardwood or tile flooring installed is an investment.
The lifespan of that new carpet you just had installed is about 10 to 15 years, if you are lucky. High traffic areas like hallways and near doors may last even less. Hardwood floors will last a whole lot longer than even the most expensive carpeting, even in those high traffic areas.
Once you spill a glass of Chardonnay on the white carpet, there will be a stain there for life. Even if you aren’t a wine drinker, you risk spilling grape juice, chocolate or even dripping paint while touching up the molding, all of which will leave a likely permanent stain on that carpet.
So do the right thing and have us install some lovely hardwood or tile flooring.