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The difference between soft and hard surface flooring

Thursday, June 17, 2021 9:08 AM



Soft surface flooring includes carpet, while hard surfaces encompass hardwood, tile, laminate, and vinyl (either sheet, luxury, or waterproof). Both have their benefits; each type has specific characteristics that appeal more to some than others; for example, one significant advantage of carpet is that it will cushion a fall, which might be of particular interest to the person with kids. Vinyl is a hard surface but resilient, which might appeal to the owner of an older, arthritic pet because it is warmer and has a little more "give."

Carpet installation benefits

Style alone is reason enough to love carpets. When you walk into our flooring store in North Battleford, SK, you'll see hundreds of rolls with different colours, patterns, constructions, and price points. They also have a high R-value, which means they hold on to heat, significantly benefiting those who experience the frigid Saskatchewan winters.

They also guard against noise, provide safety, add comfort to make it easier on joints, and cushion hard falls. In addition, scientific studies have shown that those with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems can have carpets. In contrast, technological advances have developed rugs with extra durability, stain resistance and are environmental, pet and allergy-friendly.

Hard surfaces

Hard surfaces are generally more durable and easier to clean. There are, however, eight types in this category, and each has its additional benefits. Of course, the best thing would be to talk with a professional at your flooring company, but here are some thumbnail descriptions for this blog. Hardwood floors have two versions, solid and engineered, each reacting very differently to moisture.  Tile comes in countless designs, colours, shapes, and sizes, while laminate is affordable and mainly associated with wood looks. Whether sheet or luxury, vinyl is inexpensive, waterproof, and has stylish, true-to-life images of wood, stone, and tile. Waterproof vinyl is a newer, advanced version of luxury vinyl that offers an even higher level of moisture protection.

Want to learn more about which flooring is right for you? Come into the Battlefords Flooring Centre in North Battleford, SK, for some information and a free flooring quote. We work with homeowners in North Battleford, Saskatoon, Kindersley, Prince Albert, and Battleford, SK and Lloydminster, AB