Know Your Bedroom Floor Materials

  • Mubanga Sampa by Mubanga Sampa
  • 2 years ago
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Your bedroom floor is the last thing your bare feet touch before climbing into bed each night and the first thing they step onto in the morning. The effect a bedroom floor has on a person is both physical and psychological. As such, your choice of bedroom floor material is a particularly important decision. It is important to know your bedroom floor materials and how to care for them in the long run.

The pros and cons of some bedroom floor materials

Carpeting

Warm and soft to the feet, carpeting is one of the most popular bedroom flooring options for many homeowners. The tactile comfort of carpets helps to create a sense of lush luxury. Besides this, carpets protect your feet from the cold on chilly evenings and mornings.

Pros

  • To start with, carpets provide thermal insulation against heat loss thus ensuring that your bedroom remains warm.
  • Secondly, carpeting helps to dampen the sound in your bedroom. A carpet can absorb outside noises and keep your bedroom quieter.
  • Carpeting is also popular as an economical bedroom flooring option for the low-end varieties.
  • Finally, carpets are ideal to create a cushioned and safe surface, particularly in children’s bedrooms.

Cons

  • One of the biggest downsides to carpets is that they are difficult to keep clean. This is because carpets tend to attract both dust and microscopic organisms. This can significantly compromise the air quality in your bedroom.
  • Carpeting can also trap allergy-causing particles thereby making it a bad choice for people suffering from allergies.
  • Most carpets are typically not made from recyclable materials.

Hardwood flooring

Another popular bedroom floor option comes in the form of hardwood flooring. Not only is hardwood flooring aesthetically pleasing, but it is also hard-wearing. Besides this, hardwood floors are relatively warm and durable. Even better, hardwood floors are environmentally friendly.

Pros

  • Hardwood floors are generally attractive and extend a warm and natural beauty to your bedroom. Regardless of the type of wood you opt for, wood almost always lends a feeling of primal beauty to a bedroom.
  • Hardwood floors are also warmer and more resilient than other types of bedroom flooring options.
  • Another benefit of hardwood floors is that they enhance the real estate value of your home.
  • When cared for properly, hardwood floors can be durable and last for a very long time.
  • Besides being non-allergenic, hardwood floors are made from recyclable materials.

Cons

  • The maintenance of hardwood floors can be relatively tricky. While hardwood floors are fairly resistant to stains, damage still occurs. The damage to hardwood flooring can be both difficult and expensive to repair.
  • Hardwood floors are one of the most expensive bedroom flooring options.
  • Besides being costly to buy and install, hardwood floors have no thermal or sound insulation value.
  • In spite of all their benefits, hardwood floors are hard and not soft to the foot.

Cork flooring

While being unusual flooring material, natural cork flooring is becoming more popular in bedrooms. Among its most important features, cork floors insulate between floors. This is essential to provide soundproofing while also helping keep the heat.

Pros

  • Cork flooring provides a spongy and soft underfoot which is extremely comfortable on the feet.
  • Moreover, cork flooring is warmer than hardwood flooring, though not as cosy as carpeting.
  • In addition, cork floors have excellent insulation value.
  • Cork flooring is relatively hassle-free and easy to maintain.
  • Also, cork is naturally resistant to dust trapping meaning it doesn’t cause the same air-quality problems often caused by carpets

Cons

  • Unfortunately, cork floors are soft and can therefore be easily scratched and damaged.
  • Cork flooring has a much shorter lifespan compared to hardwood floors. This means that you will need to replace your cork floors periodically.
  • Possibly the greatest setback of cork floors is that they are nearly as expensive as hardwood floors.

Vinyl flooring

Whether it takes the form of sheet vinyl, vinyl tiles and vinyl flooring planks, vinyl is a versatile flooring option for bedrooms. Vinyl is available in a variety of looks that are indistinguishable from wood, ceramic or tiles.

Pros

  • Bedrooms are generally low-traffic areas and so your vinyl floors can be easily maintained by sweeping and occasional mopping.
  • Although not as soft as carpeting, vinyl flooring is still relatively soft.
  • Vinyl flooring is also a popular bedroom flooring option as it is relatively inexpensive.
  • Moreover, vinyl floors are relatively long-lasting and durable.

Cons

  • The major drawback of vinyl flooring is that it is bad for the environment.
  • Some vinyl floors may emit hazardous chemicals for some weeks after installation.
  • Lastly, vinyl floors are not recyclable.

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