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Where Has All the Carpet Gone?

In the average American home, it seems as if carpet is on its way out.  You might still find it in bedrooms, but the main living areas typically feature hardwood flooring, tile, or versatile vinyl.  Despite this fact, carpeting is still readily available—in more options than ever before!  Don’t rule out this material just yet.  At least not until you consider how it’s changed over the past few decades.

Retro Flooring

In the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, carpet was everywhere!  Thanks to inexpensive manufacturing, Americans could fill their growing homes with wall-to-wall carpeting.  Whether you wanted luxurious shag or a more practical beige covering, it was actually a selling point to have carpet in every room.   Unfortunately, that led to an overabundance that seems retro now—and not in a good way. 

Millennials tend to avoid carpeting at all costs.  To them, it brings back not-so-fond memories of vacuuming, stains, and boring office environments.  Plus, it doesn’t really work with open concept living areas.  This popular design trend relies on smooth, seamless flooring to create the impression of one large, connected space.  Not to mention, carpet is having trouble competing with options like luxury vinyl that offer the look of higher-end flooring with low maintenance.

More or Less Maintenance

Most of the negatives we associate with carpeting come from maintenance issues. After all, no one likes to look at worn, stained flooring.  Especially not when every discoloration could also come with odor or allergy-related problems.  Even the comfort that carpet brings thanks to its additional cushioning can’t outweigh all of the maintenance it requires.  Not when there are so many other options on the market that need less cleaning and fewer replacements.  If you could find more low-maintenance carpeting, would you be open to this type of material?

Carpeting Makeover Coming Soon

Well, today’s carpet has certainly come a long way. Manufacturers have noticed a dramatic decline in recent years and are actually listening to what consumers have to say about this material.  So, they’re working to create more durable, stain-resistant options that can help to bring carpeting back!  Soon, you’ll see colorful, easy-to-install flooring, that won’t absorb liquids or allergens like older carpets.  They should be odor-neutralizing, cleaner, and comfortable in a way that hardwood floors, tile, and/or vinyl just can’t be. 

Did we mention they’re also being made from recycled materials?  Green carpeting could be in homes across the country—in the not-too-distant future. With all of the changes that are coming, some people predict that wall-to-wall carpets may be making a comeback. At the very least, you’ll have new options to consider when changing the flooring throughout your home.  If you need a hand deciding or installing, give KCCS Construction a call!  We’ve worked with all types of floorings.  So, we can handle anything you choose!  Whether you’re bringing carpet back into your home or going in a different direction.       

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