Three Floor Covering Myths Busted

At Cherokee Floor Covering, we get a lot of questions from our customers and one thing we noticed about these questions, is that many of them are based upon assumptions about flooring that simply aren't true. Flooring is a pretty specialized industry and, like all somewhat mysterious things, there have been more than a few myths that have sprung up around it.
So, we thought it would be a good idea to lay a few of the more stubborn myths to rest with this handy list of the three most common floor covering myths and why they are bunk:

1. Myth: Hardwood Flooring is a Luxury

It's easy to see why people might look at it this way, but the fact of the matter is that hardwood is actually quite economical in the long-run. The initial investment may seem a bit high to most customers, but it is exactly that, an investment.

In addition to boosting the overall market resale value of your home just by being present, hardwood flooring is also economical, due to its durability and capacity to be refinished and retreated quite a few times over the course of its service life. This means that you can change the color of your floor, or restore it to like-new quality, without having to perform a complete flooring tear out and install. This adds up to a huge savings over time.

2. Myth: Luxury Vinyl Tile is an Outdated Floor Covering

Many of us grew up with vinyl flooring in our lives. It was usually found on our grandma's kitchen floor and it looked awful. Strange, speckled gray flooring that was, apparently, meant to mimic stone and had all the visual appeal of a rotten apple. So, it's easy to see why it has such a bad reputation.

However, vinyl flooring has come a very long way since the good ol' days of avocado-colored fridges, and the preponderance of beige in home decor. Recent advances in digital imaging and printing have launched vinyl flooring into a renaissance of popularity. Nowadays, vinyl flooring is durable, easy to maintain, and most importantly, perfectly mimics the aesthetic of vastly more expensive materials. You might want to have a second look at vinyl.

3. Myth: Carpet Promotes Poor Air Quality

Now, this one is particularly persistent, because it actually has the backing of many floor covering companies who prefer this myth to be spread, since they don't deal in carpeting. Ask anyone who works in a carpet store, however, and they will set you straight. 

The fact is, carpeting actually traps pet dander, pollen, and other airborne pollutants until they can be safely vacuumed up. If you maintain your carpets as recommended by regularly vacuuming them and having them professionally cleaned once a year, they are actually capable of improving the air quality in your home.

If you'd like to learn more about flooring options, or are in the market for a new floor covering, we would love to hear from you! Simply call, e-mail, or stop on in at our showroom in Woodstock, GA, to have a chat with our friendly staff of flooring experts. We're sure that we can help you find the flooring solutions that best fit your needs and budget.