Flooring is one of the most important features of an interior space, in particular of a residential space. Crucially, other finishes are commonly determined by the flooring. Selecting the right floor plays a significant role in the aesthetic of the property and as noted in our Frasers Edmondson Park Case Study, can determine the value of the property and for Developers can also make their projects ‘ stand out’.
As with the Edmondson Park project, the additional cost of replacing the tiles to timber floors was minimal, however, added greater desirability to the potential buyers.
Characterised as robust and resilient, timber is one of the most solid and long-lasting types of flooring. As a renewable material, it is also the environmentally-friendly option. On the other hand, carpet is characterised by a soft underfoot, but most carpet fibres don’t bounce back, looking worn and requiring replacing after 3-5 years. Carpet is known to attract dirt and stains, requiring much higher maintenance
Since both materials have their own aesthetic and feel appeal, choosing between the two can be a complex task. Read on to find the most suitable type of flooring for your next project.
Durability and Resilience
In comparison with carpet flooring, timber is a durable and resilient material that requires a low amount of care. Timber flooring only needs a brief vacuum or light mop, whereas carpet retains dust and needs deep cleaning far more frequently. In other words, maintaining carpet is more costly and more time-consuming than timber.
Besides being a sensitive type of flooring that easily attracts dirt and stains, carpet is also highly susceptible to allergens. Carpeting equals dust: the more you walk on it, the more dust it creates. Therefore, carpet is not recommended to people with allergies, particularly children with asthma.
Carpets are mainly manufactured synthetically, which leads to a shorter lifespan than other flooring choices. Unlike carpet, timber can last multiple generations and in fact, tends to get better with age. Carpet usually needs to be replaced every 5 years depending on its quality.
An important factor to take into account when choosing a type of flooring is its sustainability. Being an organic material, timber is a renewable and environmentally-friendly material.
Timber is also hard wearing, which is ideal for high-traffic areas. All timber requires is to be lightly re-sanded in order to regain its original beauty.
Five Star Projects
For eco-conscious projects, a range of timber like the one produced by Cadorin, direct from Italy, is the ideal option. Cadorin timber flooring is produced without formaldehyde and only uses natural oils for finishes, and vinyl glues. All the timber is sustainably sourced, moreover they retain stewardship from the factory floor, including using scraps for renewable energy in the processing. Respecting the principles of ethics for both man and nature.
Timber flooring is timeless and can be easily refreshed with a new colour or a polish. Carpet, on the other hand, once dated, cannot be rescued. Additionally, scratches on an Oak timber floors, will not easily be seen due to the veins characteristic of both European and American Oaks. When carpet gets damaged the entire floor needs to be replaced, timber just needs a little maintenance and at worst only damaged boards will need replacing.
Check out our gallery to view beautiful style space that can be created using timber.
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