January 4, 2010 at 2:42 PM EST - Updated June 19 at 7:05 PM
Buying Tips for Carpet
We offer a wide selection of carpet flooring in countless colors, styles and budget ranges. You can choose from textures, patterns, loop- and twist styles with stain resistance and more.
Carpet has always been a popular choice when flooring any room in the house. In fact, carpet is as fashionable as ever since it comes in so many different styles, colors, and fabrics, which only creates a larger price range so that it is affordable in any house. Carpet is also so prevalent because of its comfort level. It creates a visual and physical warmth to any room, and therefore it can act as a natural form of insulation during the winter months.
Carpet flooring Installation: What to Expect So you made the right choice in putting new carpet in your own home. However, when the carpet contractors come to install, there may be some disturbances you'll have to endure. But as long as you follow our instructions, these disruptions can be kept to a minimum.
In order to install the new carpet, the contractors will have to rip up the old flooring. This will create a bit of a mess for a short time, and there will most certainly be dust floating around, especially if you have pre-existing carpet that is being removed. So if you are susceptible to allergens, you may want to leave the house for the day. Maybe have the contractors arrive while you're at work and the kids are at school. Or if the carpet installation will happen on a weekend, plan for some daytime activities such as picnic, going to the mall, or a day-trip to see friends and family. Don't worry though: the carpet can usually be installed in a short period of time, so by the time you get back home everything in the air will have settled down again.
Don't take the quality of your carpet cushion lightly. The performance of many carpets will hinge on the performance of the cushion. Spending a few extra dollars on cushion can mean extra years of performance for your carpet. Some carpet warranties also hinge on the grade of cushion you select. Carpet cushion affects the luxury feel underfoot, quietness, resilience, cleaning, insulation, and, ultimately, the life of your carpet. Crushing or flattening of your carpet fiber causes it to look ugly long before it's useful wear life is over. Quality cushion will help resist this condition.
Don't judge the quality by feel alone. Thick and luxurious carpeting can fool you at times. Determine the performance you want and the conditions effecting your carpet. A tighter twisted fiber doesn't feel as soft but it will generally give you better performance over the life of the carpet. A tightly twisted yarn will resist soiling, matting and crushing. When a yarn is not tightly twisted it may feel more luxurious but it will tend to crush and flatten out more quickly.
Read the labels Generally speaking you can review the stain resistance, anti-static claims and wear warranties right on the back of the sample. You also will see the type of fiber ( nylon, polyester, polypropylene, etc.), the face weight, density, and twist.
There is no substitute for a knowledgeable sales person As you can see there are a wide variety of issues to resolve in buying the best carpet for your needs. The performance and quality characteristics of carpet vary more widely than that of other flooring materials and a knowledgeable sales person will help you match up your performance needs. "