Polished Concrete Vs Carpet: Which Is A Better Option?

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April 14, 2020
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    Are you planning on giving your home a facelift? If you are, we’re sure you’ve already contemplated painting your walls with a fresh, sophisticated hue and we are 100% positive that you’ve already thought about all of the top quality furniture pieces to update the look of your home. However, there is one more thing you need to consider that is just as important as the paint on your walls and the furniture items in your living room – your choice of flooring.

    A lot of homeowners tend to forget that floors play an important role in the overall aesthetics of their homes given that they occupy the largest space. If they look shabby your efforts to enhance your home will be stunted because of damaged floors. To complete your home transformation you must also improve the look of your floors. When deciding on a floor type, homeowners are torn between concrete polishing and carpet flooring. While both look great, polished concrete tends to last much longer. 

    Here’s a comparison between concrete polishing and carpet flooring to help you decide which of the two to choose.

    Durability

    The flooring you are looking at now may look beautiful, but will they still look the way they do after six months? The carpeting samples are absolutely gorgeous but will they be able to maintain their appeal with your home’s high foot traffic? 

    Your next-door neighbor’s polished concrete floor is a sight to behold and will last much longer. 

    When it comes to durability, flooring contractors will always recommend concrete for its resilience and strength. 

    No wonder it’s the material of choice used for infrastructure and roads! Concrete is able to withstand dents and scratches. However, despite its impressive strength, concrete is prone to cracks, especially if you are not able to maintain it properly. Luckily, our concrete topcoats and polished concrete experts know how to properly repair, reapply, and strengthen your concrete floors. 

    The durability of carpets will depend on the quality of the carpet you buy. Obviously if you invest in a low quality carpet it will wear quite easily.

    Strength 

    If you’re looking for durability we recommend you look for a professional concrete contractor. The downside to carpets is they have a tendency to stain, so you have to be extra careful with that glass of red wine! If you choose carpet, be ready to see rips over time. It’s also important to remember to never drag heavy furniture across carpet flooring as this can rip the fabric.

    While concrete floors are resistant to water, carpet flooring isn’t. When you spill liquids on your carpet make sure to clean it as soon as possible to prevent stains. However, make sure you use cleaning products that are specifically designed for carpet use. If you have kids around, especially toddlers, going for carpet may not be a good idea.

    Carpets are durable as long as you get the high quality type but if you’re looking for durability, concrete flooring is the more durable option.

    Lifespan 

    Concrete and high quality carpet flooring are both durable but homeowners want to know how each flooring type lasts. In terms of lifespan, concrete polished floors can last up to a hundred years or more despite regular use assuming they are properly maintained. Although high quality carpet is durable with an impressive lifespan, they can’t compete with the lifespan of concrete floors. High quality carpet flooring is built to last for 25 years at the very most. Meanwhile, medium grade carpet is expected to last for 10 years and low-grade carpet is expected to have a lifespan of 1 to 5 years. Obviously, if you are more concerned about the lifespan, then your best option is to go for polished concrete as it has been proven to last for multiple decades.

    Maintenance

    If you’re the busy type who doesn’t have the time to care for your floors you probably want to know which is the easiest to maintain. 

    Well, concrete floors are by far the easiest to clean because all you need is a broom and a mop. You can also use a vacuum cleaner to clean up dust and dirt. To clean up sticky liquid spills, mix a mild cleanser with lukewarm water to mop your concrete floors. In terms of convenience, concrete is the obvious winner.

    Maintaining the cleanliness of your carpet flooring offers a level of difficulty that you will not see with polished concrete. If you have pets in your home you may want to purchase a vacuum cleaner for pet owners and yes, there is such a thing. You also need to purchase a spay carpet stain remover to keep stains away. For extremely dirty carpets you’ll need a carpet steam cleaner to give your carpets a fresh new look and to get rid of odors.

    There you have it, a brief comparison between concrete polishing and carpet flooring. It pays to do your research and compare the two so you’ll know which type of flooring to invest on.

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