Carpet needs replacing from time to time. Depending on the care and maintenance and the quality of carpet and carpet padding, along with the installation quality, are all qualifications of how long the carpet will last. When you decide your home is due for new carpet, you might discover that with so many options, finding the most optimal carpet for your budget can prove to be a bit of a challenge. Considering that, we at Tough Carpet Cleaning would like to share some tips and advice to help you select the carpet right for you.
Carpet Buying Guide to Help Buy Carpet Wisely
1) Durability: If this carpet is something you intend to have for as long as possible, durability is a must. To ensure a long lifespan, the carpet’s durability is one of the primary factors; along with care and maintenance, your carpet can be around far beyond the projected life expectancy. The attributes that qualify a carpet’s durability include: Carpet density or thickness, fibers, and manufacturing quality.
– Density or thickness. Assessing the density is done by looking to see how closely the fibers are sewn together. The more dense the carpet, the longer it will stand and in optimal condition. Additional denser carpet is not easily crushed down. However, consider this, carpet too thick and dense will most likely be not be soft to the touch, so finding the right balance is key.
– Fibers. There are a number of fibers used to construct carpet, from synthetic fibers to organic fibers, finding the right one for you is more a matter of preference. But keep in mind different compositions require specific maintenance and care.
Wool: Highly durability, amazing softness, and eco-friendly. Wool carpet, however, is pricy; generally 3 times more expensive than average carpet.
Nylon: Most durable to handle foot traffic according to industry experts. Available in an assortment of colors and is generally soft. However, nylon is susceptible to stains, but can be hindered with pretreated applications.
Polyester: A popular alternative to nylon fiber; eco-friendly and resists stains.
2. Budget: The biggest challenge is budgeting what you can afford with the carpet that is ideal for you. Keep in mind many carpets are excessively marked up due to current trends and added bells and whistles that only mask the poor quality, where the finer quality carpets are displayed as boring and undesirable. Just do your homework first; look for a company with a good reputation, decide on the carpet fibers you prefer, and then select the style and colors beforehand. Don’t feel pressured by pushy a salesman, get the carpet you want at a reasonable cost.
3. Types: There are several textures available to select from.
– Plush Texture: No particularly soft in comparison, it is a stiffer fiber of solid colors, but will not show foot prints or vacuum marks. Additionally, it will keep its texture longer than most due to the tightness of the weave.
– Plush Saxony: Being soft and comfortable enough to sleep on, this retains shine for an esthetic benefit.
– Berber: Not very comfortable to the touch, but has high durability for foot traffic as the carpet fibers are looped instead of stiffened straight up and is readily available in multi-colors.
– Patterned: Found in plush or Berber, the pattern is assembled into the carpet.
– Print: Generally put together with designs and colors, and come in a wide range for unique style.
4. Additional tips: In addition to finding a premium quality carpet, the carpet padding needs to be of equal quality. The padding absorbs impact and can keep your carpet lasting longer.
– Consider the style of room you are carpeting with how your walls are surfaced, along with furniture, decor, and drapes. Your want the carpet to belong to the room already established.
– Get the right carpet better suited for your home. It is probably not a wise investment to get white wool with a family with clumsy fingers and many pitter patters of feet. Find the right combination that suits your home, lifestyle, and budget.