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Carpet Vs Hard Flooring: Which is best?

By 11th February 2020News

When it comes to choosing the right flooring for your commercial space, you’ll probably find that you’re stuck between whether to choose carpet tiles or hard flooring alternatives, such as luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). 

It’s the great debate of many offices but don’t worry, in this Paragon Carpet Tiles blog, we’re here to shed some light on the pros of both to help you decide.

Warmth

It goes without saying that carpet tiles create a warmer atmosphere than hard flooring, and because carpet provides excellent insulation, it is normally the preferred option to reduce heating costs. 

As a top tip, when it comes to installing carpet tiles or hard flooring with underfloor heating, it is best practice to check with the manufacturer to see if the product is suitable.  

Sound

As well as costs associated with heating, carpet tiles reduce the sound in and around offices. This is because hard flooring can’t absorb sound like carpet tiles can. So, a softer floor will create a much quieter and more relaxed environment.

Therefore, in open place office spaces and classrooms, carpet tiles can often help to create the perfect working environment, whilst also reducing costs on items such as acoustic wall and ceiling solutions.  

Cleaning

Due to their flat surface, vinyl tiles and hard flooring are water-resistant and, in some cases, easier to clean than carpet tiles – but that’s not always a good thing. 

If something is spilt on hard flooring, the chance of an accident occurring is much higher which can be a big risk in commercial environments.

Carpet tiles can also be easily cleaned with a commercial vacuum cleaner, with stains easily removed if correct procedures are followed. 

Durability 

Commercial carpet tiles, particularly those with a heavy contract rating, are extremely durable – making them ideal for places with high footfall, especially offices, universities, student accommodation and retail properties.

Products such as LVT are often durable and suitable for commercial installations, dependent on wear layer, however, when installed in high traffic areas it is certainly recommended to discuss warranties and wearability with the manufacturer. 

Aesthetics

This is where carpet tiles and LVT really come to blows!

Although there are more practical and cost-effective benefits to carpet tiles over LVT, some people still opt for hard flooring as they prefer how it looks.

Obviously, this is a personal preference, with carpet tiles becoming more creative by the day – with products such as Inspiration Collection and Vapour providing truly unique textures, patterns and finishes that architects, designers and specifiers love.

In conclusion, there are pros and cons to both carpet and hard flooring and the decision should come down to what will benefit your business the most.

For more information about our carpet tiles and other products or to discover more about Paragon Carpet Tiles’ specialisms in the sector, please contact your local area manager using the details provided on the following page: https://www.paragon-carpets.co.uk/sales-team/.