Carpet Construction: There are so many styles and colors in a carpet that come in different pile categories, such as high pile, low pile, loop pile, etc.
Laminate Construction: Laminate is an artificial material put on top of plywood. It is made up of 3 layers, namely- a core layer, a print layer, and a top protective layer.
Carpet Durability: A good quality carpet with a fine pile lasts for 10 to 15 years. But if handled with care, then this lifespan can go beyond 15 years.
Laminate Durability: Quality laminate flooring can last up to 25-30 years, while a carpet would need to be replaced 5-10 years.
Carpet: Carpets are installed by professionals, which include trimming, nailing, cutting, and measuring the carpet.
Laminate: It’s composed of interlocking planks that do not require nails or glue. It can be put directly on any surface except for the carpet.
Carpets are easily damaged by stains, dirt, dust, heavy furniture, and molds. To ensure the long life of your carpet, you should regularly vacuum the carpet in low-traffic areas, while in high-traffic areas, you need to vacuum it more often.
Carpets are made from non-renewable materials and emit a small amount of volatile organic compound at the time of their installation.
Laminate flooring also comes with an array of designs and vibrant colors like light to dark wood grains and a natural stone appearance.
For instance, carpets are not a good option for kitchens and dining rooms, but a laminated floor works well in those areas.
On average, carpet flooring costs $5 per square foot. But if you choose a premium quality rug, then this cost can range up to $15 per square foot.