Flooring can add so much character to a room, when done right. You don’t have to go the traditional route either. Many flooring alternatives to carpet have popped up over the years, including cheap and luxury vinyl.
Both carpet and vinyl have their pros and cons, so it’s worth doing some research and compare flooring to find the best fit.
Carpet is durable if you care for it properly, but stains easily – making it less robust than vinyl. Having said this, it’s possible to find a suitable variety for your needs.
Make sure you opt for a heavy-duty rating if you install carpet in areas that get a lot of activity (stairs, playrooms or halls). You can also suss out the durability of a brand by its label, which features a star-rating system.
Nylon is a popular choice for rooms that attract a hive of activity, because it withstands a lot of pressure. A loop pile style creates a relaxed look and hides footprints well. If you have children or pets, you can’t go past wool carpets. These tend to resist stains well, as long you’re quick to grab the cloth!
Vinyl is more durable than carpet and well-suited to areas that attract a hive of activity. Quality vinyl flooring that's properly installed can last for more than 20 years, with little maintenance required. Luxury vinyl, on the other hand, resist stains and water, while coping better with foot traffic.
Now more than ever, there is a need to focus on hygiene and infection control. As cleaning regimes and standards have increased, now is the time to further improve cleanliness and safety by considering the changes that we can make to our surroundings. Materials that have long been the norm may not be adequate for infection control, and better alternatives are available.
Hanflor vinyl flooring products are proven not to harbour dirt. The 100% impervious surface has no joints for bacteria & viruses to congregate in and no fibres for germs to cling to. Coving the product removes the gap between the floor and wall, further reducing the number of contaminants. A well-maintained vinyl floor is hygienic and doesn't support the growth of bacteria & viruses. When compared to carpet, it is clear that a smooth vinyl surface harbours less dirt & is more hygienic.
Hanflor vinyl flooring products feature smooth, resilient surfaces that are easier to clean than textile-based floor coverings. The UV finish provides superior benefits, making cleaning quick and easy with minimal equipment. Introducing disinfectants can further enhance the maintenance regime. Most leading tablet and liquid disinfectants are safe to use with most hanflor ranges. High-temperature cleaning can be carried out with vinyl products, helping to kill viruses present on the product surface. The 100% waterproof nature of the product also lends itself to regular wet cleaning, with fast drying times minimising disruption.
If you prefer the appearance of carpets, but also want the floor to have the advantages of vinyl flooring, we recommend you carpet-style vinyl flooring.