carpet vs vinyl

Carpet vs vinyl flooring

Both carpet and vinyl have their plus points, but which one is right for you?



Carpet can be extremely durable with a very long life, especially if you look after it. However, unlike vinyl flooring, carpet can stain easily.

If you need carpet for a heavy-traffic area, such as stairs, a hallway or living room, then polypropylene carpet is the best one for you.

Polypropylene is a hard-wearing and stain-resistant carpet, that can also be cleaned with a bleach mix – it’s popular because of its stain-resistance and softness. It’s also great for carpet runners on stairs.


Vinyl is extremely hard-wearing and durable, great for areas that experience high traffic. Fuss-free and functional; vinyl flooring is affordable and easy to clean, making it very popular for busy homes and busy families or ones with pets.

Vinyl flooring is great for bathrooms, kitchens and playrooms – if looked after, it will last for more than 20 years.

Cheaper vinyl is, unsurprisingly, easier to rip and can fade if exposed to lots of direct sunlight. For a more hard-wearing option, Luxury Vinyl Tiles are extremely durable, can handle high traffic and are heat and moisture-resistant.



Overall, once you have factored in fitting a carpet and regular cleaning and maintenance costs, such as having a carpet professionally cleaned once a year, choosing carpet over vinyl could be a lot more expensive.

However, many still prefer to have carpet over hard flooring in their home, especially in rooms such as living rooms and bedrooms as it's more comfortable.


Vinyl is cheaper than carpet – it costs less to buy and less to fit. Luxury Vinyl Tiles will cost more as you will also need to factor in underlay, a more expensive product in general and higher fitting costs, as well as prep work such as making sure your subfloor is smooth and even.



Maintaining a carpet, as mentioned above, can be expensive. For example, contractors on Quotatis break down quotes for professionally cleaning carpets into areas(one prestation):

  • Small Bedroom – £20
  • Large Bedroom – £27
  • Stairs and Landing – £30
  • Large Front Room – £35

However, these would only be annual costs.


Vinyl is cheaper than carpet – it costs less to buy and less to fit. Luxury Vinyl Tiles will cost more as you will also need to factor in underlay, a more expensive product in general and higher fitting costs, as well as prep work such as making sure your subfloor is smooth and even.

Pet friendly


If you’re one of the thousands of pet owners in the UK, then don’t be put off by the idea of carpets in your home. Top tips would be:

  • Avoid a loop pile carpet. Animal claws can easily get stuck in the loops. Cats would probably enjoy pulling up carpet loops, which means your new carpet will be ruined in no time. A shorter pile or “cut pile” carpet would be a better choice.

  • Go for a polypropylene carpet. They essentially have a built-in resistance to dust, dirt and liquid spills. Rather than absorbing into the carpet, the stain will just sit there – the perfect solution for pet owners!

  • Choose dark colours or patterned carpet. You won’t be surprised to hear that a plain light-coloured carpet will show up every speck of dirt, tiny bit of hair, dust or general soiling – this could be a nightmare with having a pet! Opting for a darker colour or a patterned carpet means not everything will show up.

  • Make sure you look after your carpet. Vacuuming regularly (if possible, daily) will prevent dirt or pet hairs being worked or grounded into the carpet.


Vinyl flooring is a very popular choice for those with pets. Luxury Vinyl Tiles and vinyl are both

  • highly durable and resistant to moisture, scratches and dents.
  • Easy to maintain
  • Quieter underfoot than laminate or hard wood flooring.



Carpets are renowned for creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in the home.

Whether you go for a simple carpet or one with a striking pattern, there’s a world of colours, patterns and textures to choose from, from floral to statement patterns, stripes to plain and wool, polypropylene and loop.


Vinyl flooring comes in pretty much any and every colour, print, pattern and design that you can think of – and with printing technologies more advanced than they ever have been, vinyl flooring designs such as tiles, wood effects and mosaics have never looked so realistic.

If you really want a high-end look, then Luxury Vinyl Tiles easily replicate the appearance of more expensive materials such as marble, stone and tiles.



You can’t beat carpet when it comes to a sense of comfort, especially during the cold winter months.

Carpet is by far the most popular flooring option for the bedroom as it is soft, warmer than hard flooring and feels lovely underfoot. It has been argued that carpet can also act as a noise dampener, which is ideal for busy family homes.


It’s hard to beat carpet when it comes to comfort. However, because vinyl flooring is flexible and non-porous, it actually moulds and adapts to any material you may lay under it.

Although vinyl flooring does not require a underlay, you can fit it on top of foam or cork floorboards to create a softer floor. Vinyl is warmer than tiles or wood flooring, which is a bonus in the winter months.



If you are conscious of the environment then you may want to invest in a carpet that is made out of wool, sisal, seagrass, coir or jute. All of these raw materials are farmed sustainably on plantations across the world. Wool is also naturally fire retardant and so no additional chemicals are needed.

However, even though the wool itself in a wool carpet may be biodegradable, the latex backing that holds the carpet together is not.


Although vinyl flooring is completely man-made, you can find eco-friendly options.

Some vinyl flooring is

  • 100% recyclable
  • Non-allergenic
  • PVC free
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Made from 100% recycled materials