(Closed) The Ultimate Question………Carpet, Hardwood, Or Tile?

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: What is your favorite flooring?
    Carpet. : (29 votes)
    10 %
    Hardwood. : (176 votes)
    58 %
    Tile. : (44 votes)
    14 %
    Tile that looks like hardwood. : (14 votes)
    5 %
    Laminate. : (32 votes)
    10 %
    Vinyl. : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Linoleum. : (3 votes)
    1 %
    Other. : (5 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    1571 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Never carpet!! Area rugs are ok, but I would go with wood 99 times out of 100, the other 1 time being tile because I really, really loathe wall to wall carpet. I feel like it is impossible to keep clean and I always feel like no matter what they end up dirty and smelly. 

     

    I had no idea I felt this strongly about this until right now. 

    Post # 4
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    422 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Ha! I think we have the same shitty carpet. I didn’t think I could hate an inanimate object so much as I do my carpet…I have two cats and a toddler (dog lives outside) and when we can replace it I would really like laminate. I love the look of hardwood but i would freak out about it getting damaged as everything in our house takes a beating 🙂

    Post # 6
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    7794 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have 3 teenage/young adult kids (and one big kid in his 40s!) and haven’t had any carpet for about 10 years. We have a mixture of tiles (kitchen, bath, laundry, hallway, some living area) and hardwood (the rest). (We gradually replaced all the carpet). What swung me was that hard floors are so much easier to clean. Yes sweeping can be a pain, but it’s far easier and more effective than vacuuming (IMHO). And when they’re clean, they’re clean. I felt like I was breaking my back vacuuming, and never sure if it was clean. Also carpet absorbs smells. I imagine that’d be an even bigger issue with dogs than with kids.

    The disadvantage is that any bit of dirt or dust just gathers. Hard floors do not look clean when they’re not. With carpet it sort of soaks in. Also tiles are quite “cold” so I can’t walk barefoot in the family room in winter. But that’s a fairly small price to pay. I sometimes wish I had carpet in the living areas. I never wish I had carpet in the bedrooms – I love the polished hardwood.

    Post # 7
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    1571 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @ChuckNorris:  My parents paid really good money for a super nice carpet that their dog peed on the next week. It was ruined forever. My mom could never get the smell completely out, and when they ripped out the carpet (not too much later), there was a big spot on the underneath side where the pee was, despite her numerous shampooing attempts. So gross. I’m traumatized forever. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We used to have carpet, hate it!

    Now we have tile… And i hate it. Mostly the grout, its light in color and thick and makes it a b!tch to keep clean and not brown!! If i were to get tile again i would get a darker tile with darker thin thin thin grout! I love the tile that looks like wood!

    My mom had the laminate wood planks that snap together (yes, I have no clue what the technical term is). It was nice at first but you can’t mop it really because the planks get warped from the water, but this is 8years later.  

    Tile is nice with dogs and other then the grout I like it.

    Post # 9
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    1571 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @Mewithoutyou:  Threadjack! Is your name Mewithoutyou like the band? If so, I don’t know you but I love you like a lot. 

    Post # 11
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    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Our house is 90% hardwood and it’s wonderful because our toddler can’t stain it! It’s beautiful red birch, feels warm on your feet, easy to clean, etc. 

    Post # 12
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    109 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I have bamboo flooring in the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen. Medium size dog and cat. No kids.

    It has held up incredibly well to scratches, food, liquids, etc. A few scuff marks from shoes, but they are easily removed. Bamboo flooring is also cheaper and is an easily re-newable source.

    Post # 13
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    973 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    For fur… Don’t sweep!  Vacuum the fur piles.  Sooo much easier.  I never had a dog but I’ve had several VERY long haired cats who shed.  It doesn’t have to be expensive, I have a 15 year old cheap plastic Hoover I bought at Walmart for $30 that I’m still using to suck up cat hair!  It has a “bare floor” setting for height that picks up strays in the walkways really well too.  I just use it and mop.

    For any non-carpet floor (tile, wood, etc) if your home is insulated and sealed properly they don’t get nearly as cold.  Too many variables in home types and basements/no basements/crawlspaces/etc to give good details here.  Worth some research and most insulation companies should give free or cheap estimates if you are leaning that way.  It makes a HUGE difference!

    Post # 14
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    1413 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My vote is for hardwood or laminate. Definitely not carpet, especially with pets. I reeeeally hate carpet actually…it scares me to think of what types of microorganisms might make it their home!!! lol

    We’re just renting the place where we live now but it doesn’t have any carpet, just laminate and tile.

    Post # 15
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    310 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I would say, not just the flooring type we need to consider, but the color as well. 

    We have dark, good quality laminate floors right now but should any spillage appears, we are advised to wipe it off right away. Because it’s walnut color (SO loved the color), it’s so easy to spot dust and dog hair (my dog is white in color ~_~). I haven’t see any dents caused by my dog so far so I guess the good quality helps. I see dents here and there with the laminate flooring caused by my dog in the previous apartment we stayed in.

    Since one of your dogs has potty issues, I would recommend that you get tile instead. Maintenance would be fuss-free. Tiles that look like hardwood was one of my considerations but SO just didn’t like having the grout. If you want something that looks clean even if its not, pick a flooring with a color that’s not too light but not too dark either- find the happy medium. How? Put your dogs’ and your hair on your choice of flooring. If you can barely see those hair, that would be the ‘minimum maintenance color’ for you. 😉 Tiles could be kinda cold on bare feet, so you could place some rugs such as cowhide which is hair and dirt resistant in your bedrooms.

    Post # 16
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    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @LMD84:  yes!!! Hahaha their music speaks to my soul! Lol 🙂 

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