Are tiles cheaper than carpet?
They start from around the same price per Sqm, but budget tiles are far more stylish, hard wearing and long lasting than cheap carpet.
If you’re looking to refresh a floor space in your home this season, you’ll probably be comparing different types of floor covering. When asking if tiles are cheaper than carpet, the simple answer is no. But carpet isn’t cheaper than tiles, either. Both coverings usually start from around the same price. However, for £5 per Sqm with carpet, you won’t be getting a very good quality product. The fibres will come lose and the floor will be riddled with bald patches fairly quickly. For the equivalent price, you can purchase some porcelain floor tiles, which are very hard wearing. They will stand the test of time, even in the busiest of family homes or commercial properties.
Tiles vs carpet
Carpet is a tradition when it comes to covering an interior floor space. It’s fairly soft and comfortable underfoot, but it’s quite expensive. There was a point when carpets would be used throughout a home; upstairs and downstairs, and on the steps that link the two. However, homeowners began to use hard wood flooring downstairs instead; in the living room, hallway and dining room. This is because downstairs areas tend to play host to guests. Pets are also usually confined to downstairs areas. Also, downstairs is where we enter the home – so we tend to drag in dirt and puddle water, during the wetter months. All of this adds up to downstairs carpet not lasting very long. They’re worn bare from all the footfall, and they’re stained like nobody’s business. One spilt glass of red wine on a cream carpet at a dinner party, and its game over.
However, hard wood flooring isn’t the best alternative. Floor tiles are very hardwearing; particularly if they’re made from porcelain, which is the most durable of the available materials. Traditionally, tiles were reserved for bathroom and kitchen spaces. Now, with designs that cover all of the latest interior design trends, tiles can be used throughout the home – in the hallway, the living room, the dining room – and even upstairs on the landing, and in the bedrooms. With realistic wood effect and stone effect designs, along with Moroccan patterns, hexagons, and encaustic effect styles, floor tiles are ideal for use in any room. They are robust; they don’t mark and scratch as easily as natural wood, and they don’t stain like carpet. Dirt and dust sits on top of them, meaning you simply have to wipe it off or hoover it up – it doesn’t sink it.