It would seem that the days of the classic carpet are over! If you look at a new build home you may notice that most traces of carpet are reserved for the bedroom, and it’s totally unheard of to see carpet in a bar or restaurant, as most now opt for a classic hard-wood flooring style.

But why is the carpet becoming less and less popular? And what is it about hardwood flooring that’s making it so on-trend? Here we take a look at some of the reasons why carpet is being kicked to the kerb and hard-wood flooring is reigning supreme.

Longevity

Unlike carpet, a good, high quality hard wood floor can last for decades. Companies such as discount flooring depot who sell engineered wood flooring have a huge range that only come with an easy to follow maintenance program, unlike carpet which usually is replaced every 5 years minimum due to things like stains, holes and shabbiness or just every day wear and tear!

If after a few years your wood floor has been scratched or is a bit damaged due to heavy wear and tear,  a simple sand and seal will bring it back to new again. This is a lot less costly than refitting a new carpet. With engineered wood flooring, you may find that as the years go by, your flooring will actually look better with age!

Hygiene & easier to clean

It’s true that wood floors are easier to clean than carpets, and the reasons for this are fairly obvious. A simple brush or light vacuum keeps your wooden floors looking great. If dogs or children have dragged mud through the house a damp mop removes this muck with ease. Carpet owners at this stage would be screaming!

Also, wood flooring is much more hygienic than carpet. There are some fairly horrifying reports out there detailing the parasites that carpets can harbour… Reading just one of these reports may put your off carpet for life! Allergen producing, dust mites, fleas or dust play havoc with allergy sufferers, a floor made of wood eliminates this, saving you money and extreme discomfort! This is particularly relevant to dog and cat owner’s too.

Not only are wooden floors more hygienic, but carpets also trap in unpleasant odours from animals or things that have been spilt. The aroma of a polished wooden floor is a delight and will make your home more inviting!

It’s utterly timeless appeal

One of the most important advantages of a hardwood floor, that many people tend to overlook is the timeless appeal that wood has. Carpet, linoleum and tile patterns and colours definitely go in and out of fashion – think of what we had in the 70’s!

Estate agents state that houses with wooden floors sell twice as easily compared to houses with other floor finishes. Wood’s appeal has lasted centuries and it doesn’t look as if that’s about to change, in fact wood is more popular now than ever!