Posted by          Carpet, Flooring    February 14, 2017

Some things exist in your home that you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about. Your carpet, for instance. Sure, you may vacuum it on a regular basis. You may spot clean it if you spill. But it normally takes years before you look at it with the thought of removing it and installing something new.

Because we don’t replace our flooring on a regular basis, you might not understand all of the details you should consider before selecting a replacement. Most of walk in with a certain color carpet in mind, possibly even an idea of texture or pattern. But what about construction? What about specific characteristics?What To Know About Carpet Before You Buy

The best carpet you can install has the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget you can afford. It takes into account your lifestyle, how you live, and more importantly your expectations.

Our goal is to make sure every client that comes through our door has a thorough understanding of the carpeting they select to lay down in their home. And with a few tips in mind, you can make the right choice for you.

Durability and Quality are Connected

In most cases, when you select a higher quality carpet, you will also be selecting one with a higher durability factor. High quality carpets typically have a greater pile density, tighter twist construction, which will give you better durability throughout the life of the carpet.

Seams

Carpeting comes in rolls that are either 12 feet, 13 feet 6 inches, or 15 feet widths. Unless you have a small room that is narrower than these measurements, you will have seams in your carpet. With a looped or low-profile pattern, the seams may be visible. Use this knowledge to place seams in lower traffic, lower used areas, and adjust according to texture, lighting and furniture placement.

Go With The Flow

Every carpet has nap that runs in one direction. This becomes especially important if you seam your carpet; ensure the nap is placed so it runs together. Shading is also a normal characteristic of cut pile carpets, which can be particularly apparent with a plush carpet. Use furniture and window coverings to lessen the effect.

Color Rules

Sure, you loved the color in the store. But when you get the carpet installed in your home, the color is off somehow. It’s lighter than what you thought. This is a natural optical effect that occurs when it’s installed. And it’s a good point to keep in mind when debating between two colors.

Also keep in mind the size of your room. A lighter colored carpet will make a room appear larger; a darker carpet will bring the walls closer together, creating a more intimate feeling. Neutral colors are always one of the best choices, especially if you change out your decor a lot or use lots of bright colors in your decorating schemes. They are also a good choice if you plan on selling your home anytime soon.

Padding

One of the most important considerations of your new carpet isn’t the carpet itself, it’s the padding underneath. Carpet cushion can make the difference between a good feeling carpet and a great one. It can also extend the life of your carpet by giving it a higher wear factor. When debating between two pads, always select the higher quality for better performance all around.

Is new carpeting in your future?