Does the thought of choosing new carpeting for your home from make your head spin? Are there just too many decisions to make? With so many styles, colors, and fibers to choose from, it can be overwhelming.
Is it any surprise that the most popular carpeting choice among homeowners is cut pile in the color beige? Frankly, many people choose a basic beige carpet because they are afraid of making the “wrong” choice.
Choosing a Flooring Store with a Great Reputation
Yes, having carpeting installed in your home can be fun and In the long run, new carpeting it’s an excellent investment. By doing a bit of comparison shopping, some research, and choosing a carpet retailer with a good reputation, you’ll discover which carpet will fit your needs, is the highest quality you can afford and will look beautiful in your home. You’ll be able to make your purchase with complete confidence.
Additionally, when working with a reputable flooring retailer, remember that the salespeople are fully trained and knowledgeable regarding carpeting. Don’t hesitate to ask questions! They can be a good resource as well.
Wood, vinyl, and tile flooring are currently trendy; however, they can also be cold, hard, and noisy. A luxurious and cozy feeling under your feet can only be accomplished with carpet. A softer landing on carpeting can reduce the risk of injury during a fall and offer a safer and more comfortable surface for kids to play on. With its overall warmth, sound absorption, and comfort, there’s simply no substitute!
If you enjoy the look of wood or tile floors, consider adding a carpet in the bedrooms or a play area.
This article offers some basic information regarding carpet styles, types of fibers, how to recognize quality, deciding on a color and pattern, and more, to help you with your purchase. And don’t forget about choosing the correct padding underneath! What is the best carpet if you have children or pets? When selecting a floor covering, what should you keep in mind? What’s better – synthetic fibers or natural ones? What’s the difference between textured, Berber, loop, and cut pile? What are the benefits of each type of carpet?
You’ll be amazed at all the choices for you to pick from in a flooring store. Also, there is wall to wall carpet, carpet squares, and carpets that can be cut to size with bound edges to place over your wood floors. But don’t worry, you’ll be armed with great information, so you’ll know what to do!
Carpet Buying Tips
With so many designs, colors, and materials available, it can be challenging to make the best choice for your home’s flooring. Be aware that some colors and fibers may require more frequent cleaning and vacuuming that won’t fit into your busy work/life schedule. Others may be too expensive, and some may even affect your health with added chemicals. Choose the wrong carpet, and it may wear out too fast, the colors may fade, or quickly become stained even with your best efforts to keep it clean. With the following tips in mind, you can protect your investment and choose the best carpeting for your home and lifestyle.
Your First Considerations
Before you get to the “fun” aspect of choosing a carpet (color, pattern, style, etc.), there are a few essential points to consider. The first consideration is determining what kind of traffic you will have in the room. To know how much durability you’ll need in a carpet, you must answer these questions first: Do you have kids and pets? Are you looking to carpet a high traffic area such as a hallway, staircase, or an often-used family room? Or do you want something to dampen noise in a bedroom? Are you carpeting a spare or rarely used room? Will the carpet be surrounding a pool table on a lower level? Depending on your answers, you’ll need to choose carpeting that can stand up to how you live: durable, stain-resistant, allergy-resistant, etc.
Speaking of stain resistance, again, do you have animals or children? Do you entertain regularly? Is the carpet going to be installed in a dining room or somewhere there may be food or drink spills?
Be sure to ask the salesperson about the carpet’s rating. Usually rated on a scale of one to five, with five as the highest, purchase the highest number you can afford. For heavily trafficked areas of your home, a rating of four or five is highly recommended.
Carpet for Stairs
Since stairs get a lot of wear and tear, and because the carpeting bends around the edges of each step, it’s critical to select the most durable product you can afford. Consider a cut-pile over a looped pile. The spaces between the loops tend to open wherever the carpet curls over the stairs. This opening effect is called “grinning.” Also, especially at transition areas or seams, looped carpets tend to snag and pull. With the wrong choice, the staircase will need to be re-carpeted in a year or two.
Another factor is density. If the carpet isn’t th