The majority of us in the UK have carpets throughout our living and dining areas. They provide great warmth and comfort but when weighing up all the factors are they really an all round better choice than tiles. Below we take a look at the pros and cons of both carpets and tiles on the floors of your living and dining areas.
COST: Although the initial cost of tiling your living and dining room floors is expected to be more than that of laying down carpet, installing tiles could save you a lot of money in the long run. Carpets become worn a lot easier than hard wearing tiles and therefore need to be replaced far more regularly. Well laid, high quality tiles on the other hand can last a lifetime.
CLEANING: There is no competition in this one. Carpets are notoriously hard to clean and can be permanently stained by food or drink spillages. Constant cleaning can soon result in their colour fading and the fabric becoming frayed. Tiles, however, are easy to clean making spillages far less of a problem as they can be simply wiped away and forgotten about.
WARMTH/COMFORT: Carpet, with its soft feel and ability to retain heat naturally has the advantage over tiles here. There are, though, ways to improve the warmth and comfort levels of a tiled floor. A large rug in living rooms will not only provide you with something comfortable to walk over in bare feet but can also add immense character to your design theme. There are also highly effective under floor heating mats which are specifically designed to heat a tiled floor.
SAFETY: This is a tough one because although tiles present a greater risk of slipping and also have a less unforgiving surface, carpet is flammable. If you’re going to choose tiles for your living and dining areas then it is wise to choose ones with a matt finish as this provides a slip resistant surface.
SOUND: A room with tiles in can sometimes produce an echo whenever there is any noise. Also if you drop something, walk with shoes on or move a chair etc this will create more noise on tiles than it will on a soft carpet surface. To decrease the echo within a tiled room, soft furnishings can act as a sound buffer.
STYLE/LOOK: This one is largely down to personal preference. In terms of the variety of colours, styles and designs available, tiles are a clear winner. There is a vast range of natural stone and engineered tiles to choose from, which will help you to create the perfect look within your living or dining area.
Overall Verdict: Tiles
So there you have it – tiles just edge out carpet in the battle for supremacy on the floors of living and dining areas!