When homeowners visit our Las Vegas flooring showroom looking to replace their dingy staircase carpeting, they often head straight toward laminate and vinyl plank floors. It’s understandable, given that the two have gained popularity in recent years. While they offer a modern touch and can mimic the look of hardwood at a fraction of the cost, some capabilities are lacking compared to carpets. This blog will explore why carpet is often the best flooring type for stairs.
Carpet’s Traction and Comfort
The #1 reason carpet flooring remains a top recommendation for staircases by our showroom experts is that its texture provides superior traction, reducing the risk of slips and falls. This is especially important if you’re someone who moves up and down stairs quickly. For younger couples, this may not be a concern. However, it’s worth having a conversation about whether you will plan to maximize your investment and keep the laminate or vinyl plank floors installed throughout their 15-20-year lifespan. If so, you may want to consider your priorities at that stage of your life and if it makes sense to choose flooring that may compromise your safety later down the road.
Staircases will receive a lot of foot traffic, especially if there are bedrooms upstairs. For some, the constant sound of footsteps can be quite bothersome. Carpet excels at noise reduction due to its fibrous texture, which absorbs sound and prevents it from echoing through the house. Laminate and vinyl, being hard surfaces, amplify the noise of footsteps, making them less desirable options, especially if you have a busy household.
Durability and Maintenance
Because it tends to show signs of dirt and wear and tear earlier than laminate and vinyl planks, carpet flooring is often underestimated in terms of its durability. However, there are many different fibers and carpet compositions on the market. Choices like Mohawk’s SmartStrand carpets are water- and stain-resistant and can withstand significant foot traffic without showing wear and tear. Regular vacuuming and occasional deep cleaning can keep your carpet looking fresh for years.
Carpet cost considerations
There are some exceptions, but carpet is generally more budget-friendly than laminate and vinyl plank flooring. The installation cost is lower, and it’s easier to replace or update if your design preferences change. Laminate and vinyl flooring can be more expensive, and the cost of installation may be higher due to the need for specialized tools and skilled labor.
In conclusion, when choosing the best flooring for your stairs, carpet stands out as a top choice for safety, comfort, noise reduction, durability, and design versatility. While laminate and vinyl plank floors have their merits, especially in other home areas, they may not offer the same well-rounded benefits as carpet does on a staircase. Ultimately, the choice between carpet, laminate, and vinyl plank flooring depends on your specific needs, preferences, and the overall style of your home. So, if you’re looking for a timeless, practical, and stylish flooring option for your stairs, carpet is likely the best choice.