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High Traffic vs. High-End Carpeting: Is it Smart to Invest in Either?

When searching for the perfect flooring for your home or office, it’s essential to figure out what flooring qualities fit your lifestyle. Whether you’re carpeting a home or office, you’ll want a welcoming, functional, and easy to clean flooring option while remaining on budget. Luckily, there are ways to invest in your commercial or residential space and get exactly what you need. 

What Kind of Carpet Should You Get?

How to Know What’s Right for You

Whether you’re carpeting your office or home, working with local, experienced professionals can offer insights on your ideal carpeting. A local contractor will understand the climate, allergens, and what styles are currently trending. For example, if you live in Nashville, TN, you will need carpeting that doesn’t retain moisture since the summers are so humid. A plush carpet could lead to mold issues. You’ll also want that same carpet to be easy to clean during the icy winters, pollen heavy springs, or muddy autumns, especially in a high-traffic office where it’s essential to remain hygienic. If you had to choose between high-traffic and high-end, a professional would likely recommend a high-traffic low pile carpet. This way, your office still enjoys the welcoming nature of carpet without that hassle and health hazards of a longer, shag carpeting. 

As for residential spaces, common areas, such as living rooms, entertainment spaces, and hallways, experience the majority of the traffic. This is where you’ll want a more high-traffic, low pile carpet. 

However, depending on lifestyle, you may not need high-traffic carpeting throughout all the rooms since rooms like the bedrooms, and home offices won’t see as much traffic. This is where you may splurge on a lush, long carpet. Since there will be less upkeep due to fewer people walking through, you won’t have to worry as much about the hygiene of the carpet. This way, you can focus on creating a warm, homey space that is comfortable to you, your family, and your guests.

Can I Have Both?

Foot traffic is unavoidable in your home or office, but does that mean you have to compromise on quality? Though commercial or industrial carpet will likely lean toward the high-traffic end of the spectrum, a carpeting professional will be able to find the best of both worlds so that you’re not re-carpeting every few years. Especially in public buildings, like schools, it’s essential to save money. Investing in high-traffic and high-end carpeting in the beginning saves you costs later on as long as it’s cleaned regularly. 

At home, there may be more freedom to choose a high-end carpeting if you can control the environment. However, those with kids, pets, or who simply like having guests over, may find it better to invest in high-traffic but spend a little extra to ensure it lasts for years to come. Luckily, a carpeting professional can talk you through your exact needs, explain how to maintain the carpeting for its entire lifecycle, and install it properly so you can get back to your daily life with beautiful, durable carpeting. 

Work with the Professionals!

At Ozburn-Hessey Company, we’re familiar with the Nashville flooring market. When you work with us, we will help you determine what will best suit your space. We know which materials are the most durable and how to best install and maintain them over time. 

If you’re in the Greater Nashville area, contact us today to discuss your residential and commercial flooring needs!

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