Starting in the 1950s, carpets became a popular flooring material in homes. Carpet is soft, comfortable, and seems like an appealing option. Recently, many have seen the downfalls of carpet.
Hidden mold and fungus
In many homes, carpet can be found close to bathrooms, laundry areas, entrances, and other places that frequently get wet. If moisture builds up or a spot stays consistently moist, mold and other bad stuff can grow. And just because your carpet is dry to the touch does not mean that it is dry. The backing of the carpet and pad underneath hold moisture for much, much longer than the surface that you can feel.
Dust and other particles will build up
It doesn’t matter how good your vacuum is, it doesn’t even matter if you steam or shampoo your carpets. Dust and other particles will build up and make your carpet dirty. Dirty carpet will host allergens and can cause issues for those with asthma or allergies.
Carpet doesn’t last as long
Carpet won’t last very long compared to tile or hardwood floors. Depending on where the carpet is at in the home, it may need to be replaced every 5-15 years. Hardwood floors and tile can last 25-50+ years.
What to do instead
If you really like the feel of carpet but don’t want the problems that can come with it, use some stylish rugs instead. Rugs are more sanitary since they are much easier to clean. Quality rugs will add to the feel of your home, provide comfort, and protect those beautiful hardwood floors in higher traffic areas such as living rooms.
Replacing carpet with other flooring options can really add to the value of your home. Homebuyers are looking more and more for hardwood and tile flooring options. And if you are getting ready to buy or sell in the greater Montrose, CO area, be sure to get in touch to see how we can help!