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So in post-war America, hardwoods & rugs continued to be the standard in flooring. Then in the 60's people decided that wall-to-wall carpeting was more "luxurious" and it prospered thru the 80's. Then in the 90's the pendulum swung back to hardwoods, and laminates, and various "natural" floorings. And now judging by the Lowes commercials, home-improvement stores have sold all of the Pergo they can possibly sell & now would like you to believe that wall-to-wall carpeting is "cool" again. Are you buying it?

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What say you on the subject of The Wall-To-Wall Strikes Back?
Hardwoods forever! Never shall I be suckered into wall-to-wall carpeting again!
I toss off the shackles of hardwoods and embrace my new wall-to-wall carpeting overlords!
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There is one thing I like about carpeting, it soaks up the dust and keeps it out of computers.
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I want wood myself, as long as the people living one floor up use carpeting.
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frumpish wrote:
There is one thing I like about carpeting, it soaks up the dust and keeps it out of computers.


You are *quite* mistaken - it HOARDS dust, and so makes computers MUCH dustier. Specifically, the very fine stuff.

If you've got a computer sitting on the floor, you do *miles* better on a hard surface with dust filters on the fans vs carpet flooring. Just...orders of magnitude difference.
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I love my hardwood floors, and wouldn't change back for nothing. BUT it does have a downside...It kills my feet. The older I get the worse it gets. I've had to resort to old man slippers walking around here.
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frumpish wrote:
There is one thing I like about carpeting, it soaks up the dust and keeps it out of computers.

I wouldn't bet on that. The thing they don't tell you is, computers suck. Big time. Seriously. My mini-tower sucks something like 100 cubic feet a minute, and the dust it intakes tends to get left inside, due to eddies in the airflow around components, cables, and heat sinks. It's a good idea to clean the inside of your computer regularly to remove dust and keep it cooling properly and quietly.

That said, carpets are sound absorbing, insulating, and shock absorbing; and they can be stained, burned, and snagged. I'm not there now, but my goal is to have hard floors with area rugs I can change by mood, beat the dust out of (outside), take to be dry cleaned, or replace without it being a major expense.
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I imagine that my cats would be much more frustrated tearing up and down our three-story rowhouse if the floors weren't carpeted. So, a vote for wall-to-wall.
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Dave wrote:
I imagine that my cats would be much more frustrated tearing up and down our three-story rowhouse if the floors weren't carpeted. So, a vote for wall-to-wall.

But you'd have a lot more fun. Cats never seem to lose the conviction that their claws can grab any surface.

A friend's cat was racing around our deck from sheer playfulness when he went off the edge, fell about ten feet, and splashed.

Into the ocean, fortunately. That was one dejected cat. Not just wet, but cold, smelly, and salty as well. Didn't even catch a fish.
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Tall_Walt wrote:
carpets... can be stained, burned, and snagged.


What? ...What are you doing to that carpet? (My parents had renters like you. Man were they pissed).
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When I'm drunk I like to lie on my back on a nice deep pile carpet and rub my back all around the floor. It feels looooovely.
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We gave up the carpet both upstairs and downstairs about a dozen years ago. When we added a two-story addition to our house, we had narrow 3/4" red oak hardwood installed to match the rest of the house and then refinished all the floors in the house. Don't go to the carpet-dark-side.

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I've lived in houses with hardwood and with wall-to-wall carpet. I've got to say, I don't have a super-strong preference one way or the other. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. Carpet is comfy on the feet. Wood not so much, but it has a very nice look and you can dress it up with rugs however you like.
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Down in San Antonio, with the southwesterny looks, the house we're renting has 18" tiles on the main floor...

...clearly it's not carpet, but I guess I was wondering - is this a subset of the wood crowd (as it's a hard floor covering), or does tile have its own separate entry in here?
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jeffreyac wrote:
Down in San Antonio, with the southwesterny looks, the house we're renting has 18" tiles on the main floor...

...clearly it's not carpet, but I guess I was wondering - is this a subset of the wood crowd (as it's a hard floor covering), or does tile have its own separate entry in here?
You may file this under hardwoods.

Dave wrote:
I imagine that my cats would be much more frustrated tearing up and down our three-story rowhouse if the floors weren't carpeted. So, a vote for wall-to-wall.
Oh, one of life's greatest joys is watching cats attempt to Fred Flintstone run-in-place on hardwood floors.

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I love my hardwood floors, and wouldn't change back for nothing. BUT it does have a downside...It kills my feet. The older I get the worse it gets. I've had to resort to old man slippers walking around here.


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jeffreyac wrote:
Down in San Antonio, with the southwesterny looks, the house we're renting has 18" tiles on the main floor...

...clearly it's not carpet, but I guess I was wondering - is this a subset of the wood crowd (as it's a hard floor covering), or does tile have its own separate entry in here?


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Down here in Arizona I can't imagine wall-to-wall carpet. We have way too much dust. Tile is the way to go. (Though we do have carpet in the bedrooms).
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Tall_Walt wrote:
carpets... can be stained, burned, and snagged.

What? ...What are you doing to that carpet? (My parents had renters like you. Man were they pissed).

I own or it wouldn't be an issue. Cleaner got accidentally dumped on one spot. A spot near the kitchen got some hot chocolate, which I didn't notice fast enough. I had a cringe-worthy accident which resulted in several blood stains. Etc.

Over the years, it adds up, and so does the wear, at least in places. If they were throw rugs, I could take them to be dry cleaned or replace them. Wall-to-wall and really old enough I ought to replace, what to do? And they're original, so it goes into closets and there's nothing under it but plywood and concrete slab.
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Also, if you have allergies and/or pets, carpeting it just silly. the amount of dust, hair, pollen, dander, etc that collects is atrocious. Hardwood/tile/anything-but-carpet is so much better in that regard. Also easier to clean.
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You do realize they are not mutually exclusive?

We have carpeting in the bedrooms and living room, wood in the halls, kitchen and dining room and vinyl (ugh) in the baths and laundry.
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gamedog wrote:
You do realize they are not mutually exclusive?
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I think wall-to-wall carpeting was a conspiracy betwixt carpet manufacturers, carpet layers and carpet cleaners. And probably home builders too, since carpeting is cheaper than hard flooring.
I only say that half-jokingly.

Put me in the ceramic tile category.

The g/f, back in '83, did look good on the carpet though.
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tile in kitchen, bathrooms, laundry
carpet in bedrooms (i absolutely hate it but my DH likes it)
Pergo in rest of house

overall i really like it
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MWChapel wrote:
I love my hardwood floors, and wouldn't change back for nothing. BUT it does have a downside...It kills my feet. The older I get the worse it gets. I've had to resort to old man slippers walking around here.


Instead of slippers, we have an "area rug" -- one of those 6' ovals. The blue-ish one I have is one I inherited (literally) from my mom. It's got a tight enough weave that it can be lightly swept, which reduces the amount of vacuuming it needs.

However, I still have some old-man slippers for winter....
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