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Foot Traffic Wars: Which Flooring Holds Up Best?​

Durability is one of the main factors to consider when buying new flooring - so which holds up best over time?

When it comes to flooring, there’s a long list of factors to take into account. Style, Feel, Price.

But often overlooked on the hunt for the best deal, there’s one question that you should ask before you decide on a purchase: which type can withstand the test of time and relentless foot traffic? Get ready for the ultimate showdown as we pit the most popular flooring materials against each other to find the true champion of durability!

From the classic charm of laminate to the sleek versatility of vinyl, each contender boasts its unique strengths and promises to stand the test of time. But which one will emerge victorious as the unbeatable flooring option?

Join us on this thrilling journey as we uncover the secrets of these flooring titans. Discover the material that not only survives but thrives under the pressure of daily wear and tear. Whether you’re a homeowner, a pet owner, or simply a flooring enthusiast, this battle of endurance is one you won’t want to miss!

So, buckle up and prepare for the jaw-dropping revelations that will help you make the best choice for your home. It’s time to settle the score and crown the undisputed king of durable flooring!

Last Updated: 24/07/2023

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Contender One: Carpets

Carpets have long been the standard flooring for specific rooms, namely Living Rooms and Bedrooms. Their comfort is second to none, and the perfect way to make a house feel homely. They come in a wide range of types, with the fibres ranging in lengths to either give you extra squish under your toes or to make them easier to maintain and more hardwearing. Let’s have a look at the benefits carpet flooring offers and weigh it up against the cons.

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The Benefits of Carpet Floors

Carpets can improve indoor air quality – compared to hard flooring, carpets act as a sort of passive air filter. It traps dust, pollen and particles which then in turn removes them from the breathing zone! Just be sure to keep up with regular cleaning!

It’s been shown that people with asthma and allergy problems can improve their symptoms by replacing a hard floor with carpets instead!

Carpets also provide warmth and comfort. The way home insulation works is by trapping small pockets of air between a warm surface and a cold one. Carpets do this too – air gets trapped in the fibres of the carpet which creates an insulating effect. You can test this for yourself on a cold day by stepping barefoot on a carpet and then on a hard floor such as laminate or vinyl.

Carpets reduce noise too, so if you’ve got a big screen TV, sound system or computers cranking out the volume, you’ll have better sound quality because the sound wont bounce around hard flooring, creating an echo.

It’ll also act as a barrier between floors too, so if you’ve got any teenagers with their “Gamer Lag” issues, then having their room carpeted will help reduce the frustrations interrupting your own TV experience.

The Cons of Carpet Floors

Staining. wine spills will ruin a light carpet if you don’t immediately take action. Dirt tracked in from the shoes of our kids can lead to stains too. There’s plenty of ways to remove stains from carpets, some DIY methods and high quality products, but it is more difficult than a simple wipe up.

Carpets can’t handle moisture. Even in rooms where there isn’t water on the floor, carpet can be ruined. If there’s a lot of moisture in the air, such as a utility room with a dryer and insufficient ventilation then the moisture in the air can make a carpet damp. The damp seeps through into the underlay below it, which can be a real pain when you’re trying to remove smells!

Compression. Over time you’ll have to tend to the carpets bounce back. Vacuuming is a great way to give life back to the carpets pile, but you might also have to brush it when you move furniture around and see that it’s compressed the carpet. It’s not a huge deal, and it’s often completely fine, we’re only throwing this up here because you don’t have to do this with firmer flooring types.

Contender Two: Laminate Flooring

Laminate is both cost-effective and high performing as a flooring option. Over the last couple of decades, laminate flooring technology has developed so that these days, it’s quite hard to distinguish between laminate flooring and natural timber flooring!

Laminate flooring has the executive feel – perfect for offices! This flooring option comes in a wide range of colours and shades, with the vast majority aiming to mimic wooden textures.

This can be mimicked in the pattern of what would be the wooden grain, but also many laminate floorboards are created with a unique embossing texture which makes the flooring feel like wood under your toes!

Easipay Carpets Circular Laminate for Kitchen and Dining Room Image

The Benefits of Laminate Flooring

Practicality: Laminate flooring is a great flooring option for most rooms and it’s simple “wipe clean” properties mean for every day life, laminate is a great choice.

Resists stains: Laminate flooring has a hardy top layer that resists spills, and therefore stains. You don’t want to leave wine spills for too long, but you do have much more time with laminate than you would with carpet.

Resists scratches: Cat owners rejoice. In fact, most pet owners! Our furry friends have pretty decent claws on them, and where cats love to sharpen their claws on carpets, they won’t be able to with laminate. If you’ve got an excitable dog, springing around on a laminate floor will be fine too, where carpet might become unpicked and damaged.

No Compression: Where carpet eventually compresses under furniture, laminate won’t have this issue.

The Cons of Laminate Flooring

Temperature: Laminate is cold to the touch. It’s not ideal in the winter when you’ve already spent 10 minutes psyching yourself up to get out of bed into the cold house. The cold subfloor underneath also cools the laminate, and because laminate isn’t compatible with a spongy underlay the way carpet is, carpet typically steals the comfort points here.

It’s not fully waterproof. Spills are usually fine and quickly mopped up but if you’re left a spill for too long then the flooring will start to swell where the joints are as there’s no protective coat in between the gaps.

Sound travels: Carpets fibres can take the edge off of sound waves to make watching a movie with the volume up more enjoyable for you, and more bearable for the other people in your home. With laminate the sound bounces, and it’ll make its way around the home easier.

Contender Three: Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring has come a long way in recent years. The podium finish for Budget Friendly Flooring still stands, with Vinyl still being one of the most affordable flooring options across the whole market, but there’s much more on offer for that price!

Vinyl’s now printed in a wide range of colours, patterns and textures. You can simulate the look of stone, tile and wood grain! This means you get to create the look of hardwood flooring without huge cost of it, but what are the specific pros and cons?

Easipay Carpets Circular Vinyl Flooring in kitchen Image

The Benefits of Vinyl Flooring

Water Resistance: Vinyl flooring is essentially spill proof, making it ideal for bathrooms, wet rooms, laundry rooms and kitchens.

A Comfortable Middle Ground: Vinyl flooring is more comfortable than laminate, thanks to its spongy base layer that cushions every step you take.

Wipe clean: Spills and stains are also easy to take care of thanks to its protective top layer.

Cost effective: Vinyl still remains one of the most affordable flooring options out there coming in at a better price point for both the material and the installation than laminate flooring.

The Cons of Vinyl Flooring

Tearable: When moving around heavy furniture with sharp legs, vinyl flooring does run the risk of tears as it’s a softer material than laminate. However with dull legs on furniture your vinyl will likely be fine. It’s important to note though that it’s good practice to life furniture whilst moving it, as any flooring could be scratched or damaged!

Impact resistance: If you drop something sharp or heavy it could damage the squishy surface of vinyl flooring, where laminate would hold up much better. This is why we’d say for a kitchen, where there’s eventual risk of falling pans or cutlery, opt for laminate or LVT instead.

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In Conclusion - Which Is The Most Durable Flooring?

If you’re looking for a flooring type where complete and utter durability from foot traffic and heavy furniture is a must, then laminate is the way to go. However, if you want to lower the costs, or you’re wanting flooring for a room where moisture is inevitable such as a bathroom or laundry room, then we’d side with vinyl here.

The whole home shouldn’t have just one flooring option – there’s places where laminate is the obvious choice, such as kitchens, there’s places where vinyl shines best (Bathrooms) and there’s rooms where carpet make life a little more comfortable, such as living rooms and bedrooms.

Whichever flooring option you side with, we can help you make it more affordable. Easipay lets you split the cost of flooring over time from just £10 per week. We also throw in free underlay. There’s no credit checks and your quote is free, so before you buy, give us a call and compare the prices! You can get in touch with us here or fill in the form below!

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