What to Know Before Choosing a Carpet
Learn what to know before choosing a carpet so that you can make the best decisions for your home.
There are tons of choices when it comes to carpet.
We have provided a guide of what you need to know choosing a carpet so that you can make the best choice for you and your family’s needs.
First Things to Consider
Tufted or Woven
The first thing you will want to consider when choosing a carpet is if you want tufted or woven construction for your carpet.
Tufted, which is what most carpets are, is made up of rows of machine-punched yarns held together by adhesive and a backing. They usually last about five to seven years.
Woven carpet is made on a loom and lasts much longer, up to 20-30 years. Woven is a higher quality and is more expensive because of it.
Decide the style of the pile next which is the yarn that makes up the carpet. Pile is either sheared for “cute pile” or left alone for “loop pile”. There is also “cut-and-loop pile” which is a combination of both.
The touch and feel of the pile will be up to your personal preference. They can range from heights of longer plushes to short velvet piles. The deeper the pile the more expensive and luxurious it feels while short piles are easier to clean and take care of.
The right padding can help to reduce crushing or wearing of carpet and keep dirt from becoming ground in. Padding can also help to absorb sound.
Not all padding is right for all carpets. It is important to ask the manufacturer before you buy. For example, “hard” carpets like those made from plant fibers can be damaged by very cushiony padding. Shoe heels can puncture the carpet.
The cleaning method for carpets vary depending on the type of fiber it is made from. It is important to check the manufacturer’s care instructions.
Vacuuming with a good suction and a rotating head, at least once a week, will help to keep carpets looking their best. It is important to have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year.
It is best to leave installation up to the professional’s top make sure carpet stay in place and that seams are not visible.
For a large room ask the retailer if the carpet “seams well”, no seam is completely invisible but some carpets hide them better than others.
Carpet is usually priced per square yard, not square foot. There are many things to consider when it comes to price like the fiber it is made from and the style. Choosing the right carpet will depend on the needs of you and your family.
Carpet color can look different on a sample in the store than it does in your home. It is a good idea to ask for a roll-cut sample, which is a piece of carpet cut from the lot you would actually purchase so that you can test it in your home first.
The right carpet can transform a room. Choosing the right carpet for your home is a big decision. You will want to take the time to research and make the right choice.
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