Top Tips on Choosing Between Carpet and Vinyl Flooring

Both carpet and vinyl flooring are extremely popular in modern homes, flats and apartments. Many opt for vinyl in the main areas of their home and a more soft and warm carpet in the bedrooms. If you’re struggling to choose between the two, these are the main factors to consider.


Carpet and vinyl flooring are both affordable options that work well in any room and home. Very cheap options are available, meaning it is perfect for those who are on a budget, but the price does increase for those looking for more luxury options with added features. Additional features can include spill protected, installation advice and warranties.

You’ll also need to think about purchasing an underlay with carpet, whereas with vinyl flooring it may not be needed.


Carpet and vinyl flooring are very different when it comes to appearances, so it can be difficult to compare the two. Think about what kind of look you’re going for; vinyl can look like stone, tile or wood, whereas fabric can be textured or patterned. Vinyl flooring gives a more contemporary feel, but carpet gives a more homely, relaxed vibe. The presentation of your flooring depends solely on your own preferences.


The strength and robustness of the flooring you need can help you to choose. Vinyl flooring has a tough top wear layer that is often stain proof, scratch proof and spill resistant. With carpets, the fabric fibres can absorb water, stains and dirt. If you have young children or pets, vinyl flooring may be the better option to avoid the flooring being ruined. Carpet fibres can also get worn down quickly, especially in high traffic areas.

Vinyl is likely to outlast carpet, especially in active areas of the home, but some people can’t beat the cosiness of carpet beneath your feet.


The amount of cleaning and maintenance your flooring needs depends on the flooring you choose. Carpets are ideal for those who prefer to vacuum, though vinyl is preferred by many as light, daily sweeping is all that is needed to keep things tidy. Vinyl flooring is also easier to clean regarding spills and accidents, whereas a carpet may need to be professionally cleaned if this occurs.

Whatever flooring you’re looking for, why not pop in store to Hardy Carpets to see our huge selection of carpets, vinyl laminates, underlay and Moduleo flooring?

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