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Is It Cheaper to Lay Carpet Than Laminate?

You love your home, but the carpet in your living room is looking pretty tired. You've been thinking about replacing it with something new, but you're not sure if the cost will be worth it. This article will help you decide which flooring option is best for your needs: carpet or laminate.

Cheaper Carpet

Carpet is less durable than laminate. While it may be cheaper to lay, you'll have to replace the carpet more frequently than you would a laminate floor. This can add up over time and make it more expensive in the long run. Some studies show that carpets wear out in as little as 3 years, while others claim they last up to 10 years before needing replacement (though some carpets are made with materials that are more resistant).

Laminate floors are easier to install than carpets because they're lighter weight and don't always require padding beneath them. Carpets require an underlayment for added cushioning, which adds about 10% to the cost of installing your new flooring material (and also requires periodic replacement). If you're looking for an easy-to-install material that will last a long time without requiring much maintenance, then laminate will likely be better suited for your needs than carpeting would be.

Carpet Maintenance

Carpet is more expensive to clean.

Carpet is harder to clean.

Carpet is harder to maintain.

Carpet repairs are more difficult and costly than laminate flooring repairs.

Laminate Floor Durability

Although laminate floors are made to look like wood, they aren't actually wood and don't have the same durability as real hardwood. However, laminate is still a very durable flooring option—it's just not quite as long-lasting as traditional hardwood floors.

Laminated floors are generally resistant to moisture damage because of their low porosity, which means that they don't absorb much water at all (unlike plank-style engineered wood flooring). This makes them excellent choices for high-traffic areas with lots of foot traffic or in places where pets are around often. The fact that they're easy to clean also makes them ideal for busy kitchens and bathrooms.

Laminate Floor Maintenance

Laminate floors, like other types of hardwood or laminate flooring, are generally easier to clean than carpet. They can be mopped with a damp mop using plain water or a solution made with vinegar and water.

Carpet is more difficult to clean because it holds dirt and grime inside the fibers. Carpet stains need to be treated immediately because they can penetrate deep into the fibers and become permanent if left untreated for too long. Carpet also absorbs moisture from spills and leaks which makes it an ideal breeding ground for mold growth over time if you don’t take care of spills quickly enough!

Which flooring option will work better, carpet or laminate?

If you have a home with pets, carpet is the way to go. It's easy to clean and will stand up to the wear and tear that comes with pet claws. In addition, it can be installed in areas where there isn't much traffic or high-traffic areas where pets are allowed. This means that if you have young children who tend not to walk on their heels when they run around, or if your home has areas that tend not to see much foot traffic (like your laundry room) then installing wall-to-wall carpeting in these rooms is a great idea.

However, if you're looking for something that's going to last longer than 10 years while still fitting within your budget then laminate flooring may be better suited for your needs because it tends not only to last longer but also costs less upfront compared with carpeting. And since laminate flooring doesn't need any padding underneath it like most carpets do (which can add up fast), installation costs tend to not be too bad either!


Both of these options have benefits and drawbacks. The important thing is to choose the option that best fits your lifestyle and budget. If you want something more traditional, then laminate may be the way to go, but if you're looking for something more modern or innovative, then carpet may be just what you need!

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