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Carpeting Your Stairs: Pros and Cons

carpeting your stairs

Choosing flooring for your staircase can be challenging. Not only should your staircase be functional, but it also acts as a statement piece in your home. How can you balance function with style, and should you carpet your staircase? Let’s look at the pros and cons of carpeting your stairs.

Is carpet a good choice on stairs?

Like with anything else, there are both pros and cons to carpeting your staircase. Ultimately, it comes down to your home’s layout, occupants, and daily lifestyle. The advantages of carpeting your staircase include the following items.

  • Noise-Proof Walking

One of the most apparent benefits of carpet in any room is its soundproof qualities. A little carpet can do wonders if your home tends to echo with the sound of stomping feet, squealing children, or vocal pets. Since stairs are the noisiest part of the house underneath the feet, carpeting dramatically helps.

  • Added Warmth

Additionally, carpet provides an extra layer of insulation if you live in a frigid climate. While we typically recommend carpet for bedrooms for this reason, the same principle applies to your staircase.

  • Softer on Feet

It might seem trivial, but carpet is just cozy. Soft, warm, and plush under your feet, walking on carpeted stairs is far more pleasurable than on hardwood stairs.

  • Inexpensive

Compared to the average cost of hardwood, carpet is much more affordable to purchase and install, especially on stairs. The maintenance is also cheaper because you don’t have to refinish every so often.

  • Provides Cushion for Children or Pets

If you have small children or pets who tend to take tumbles, carpeted stairs provide a softer landing. Although less grippy than hardwood steps, carpeted steps offer protection against fall-related injuries.

  • Scratch-Proof

Finally, you don’t have to worry about scratches, dents, or dings in your carpet. Pet claws tend to leave minor marks on hardwood surfaces, while carpet remains plush and soft no matter what.

What are the disadvantages of carpeted stairs?

On the other hand, there are certainly a few disadvantages of carpeting your staircase, although they tend to be outweighed by the benefits. The following might be sources of concern for you regarding carpets on stairs.

  • Higher Potential for Mold Growth

Carpet tends to retain moisture, so there is a higher risk of mold growth, particularly on staircases leading into basements. However, you can combat this problem by running a dehumidifier or leaving the carpet off your basement steps. Upstairs steps should be fine unless you live in a highly humid climate.

  • Harder to Install

Installing carpet might take extra time and effort because of the shaping and tacking involved. However, an experienced carpet installer can quickly and efficiently complete the task.

  • Harder to Keep Clean

Likewise, to keep carpeted stairs clean, you must cart a vacuum cleaner up and down. Additionally, since staircases are high-traffic areas, you must schedule a professional carpet cleaning every few months. Not only does a professional cleaning keep your carpet looking nice, but it also preserves the carpet’s overall lifespan.

Is it better to carpet or not carpet stairs?

Again, the final call depends on your desires and needs as a homeowner. A carpeted staircase makes a lovely statement, particularly if you have a lot of hardwood. Notably, it helps reduce some of the daily household noise you hear when people walk around. If you don’t mind carrying a vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs, and if no one in your home is at significant risk of slipping, carpeting your stairs might be for you.

Call Spectrum Carpet Cleaning Today!

Spectrum Carpet Cleaning uses state-of-the-art equipment to deep-clean carpets and extracts dirt and moisture trapped in the padding. We are located in Bristol, IN, and serve Elkhart County homeowners. Keep your home healthy and comfortable. Call today and schedule your carpet cleaning.

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