Softness underfoot. That’s the primary advantage that carpet has over all other flooring materials. With a quality pad underneath you may feel comfortable enough to lay down on the carpet and take a nap. Another distinct advantage is the speed at which it can be installed versus other types of flooring. Even do-it-yourselfers can carpet a smaller home in 1 to 2 days. In addition, carpeting comes in decorator colors you may not be able to find in other flooring.
Carpet is a manufactured fabric product. As such, it gets dirty like all fabrics do and must be cleaned. Because of its size, the best way to clean a carpet is to “steam” (actually just hot water and soap) clean it every year or two. Depending on the fiber, what anti-stain treatment is used, and the color, a carpet will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.