Comparing Berber to Laminate

When installing new flooring, homeowners will need to ensure that the right choice is made beforehand. While some property owners may prefer to have something a little softer underfoot, others aren’t too keen on this idea. As a result, the information below will help you choose the most suitable product for your home.

Durability and Approximate Cost

Average Berber carpeting should last anywhere between three and 10 years, whereas many types of laminate flooring can last between 15 and 20 years. However, keep in mind that the higher quality carpet or laminate you purchase, the longer it will last.

Berber carpeting can cost anywhere from $3 per square foot and up, including installation, while most types of laminate flooring will set you back between $3 and $12 per square foot – also including installation.

Feel free to read our post about the most durable flooring options.

Appearance

Carpeting is manufactured from various materials and fibers including polypropylene, nylon, polyester and wool, all of which determine its overall quality and longevity. Some types are plush and soft underfoot, while others are firmer and more tightly woven.

Laminate flooring has been made from various materials such as wood, engineered hardwood or even plastic and each plank usually consists of a few layers such as clear melamine resin, a patterned or photographic layer, high-density fiberboard, and a stabilization layer.

Maintenance

Berber carpeting will require regular vacuuming and annual cleaning to ensure that it remains to look good for many years. If damage occurs to a small section, these areas can be cut out and replaced. Spills, soiling, and liquids will need to be wiped up immediately to prevent permanent staining.

Although laminate flooring is water resistant, spills will still need to be attended to immediately. Failure to do so could result in the planks warping. Furniture and other heavy objects should not be slid across laminate, as it will cause damage. Although individual planks can usually be replaced, it’s recommended that a few extra of these be purchased at the time of installation. This will ensure the closest possible color match if replacement is required.

Comfort

Carpeting is not only softer underfoot than laminate flooring; it is also the warmer option, making it ideal for homes in colder climates.

Laminate flooring is quite firm underfoot and care should be exercised when placing area rugs, as some types of rubber backing can cause certain laminates to discolor over time. However, loose rugs should also be used with caution, as they can cause slips and falls.

As you can see, there are several differences between Berber carpet and laminate flooring. However, each of them can be suitable to have installed in various parts of your home.

If you are unsure regarding which type of flooring will be best for your home, it’s recommended that you speak to experienced salespeople and installers ahead of time. They will be able to provide you with insight and advice, as well as tips to ensure that your new flooring remains looking as good as new for a long time.

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