Although it may require more maintenance than its brothers, vinyl and tile, carpeting provides numerous benefits including sound absorption, warmth, and comfort. In addition, carpet is the safer option for families with kids, as it could reduce the risk of injury during a fall.
For these reasons, carpeting is the most popular flooring type to date, but with so many different colors, materials, and designs available, choosing what’s best for your home could prove difficult. The wrong carpet may wear out quickly, be unmanageable, or even cause health problems, so choose wisely… and protect your investment by reading these carpeting tips from Bill Beazley Homes.
1. The Proof is in the Padding
Just because you won’t see it on a regular basis, doesn’t mean it’s not important. Skimping on carpet padding to save a few bucks could leave you with carpet that has little to no support, strength or cushion. Consult your carpet manufacturer for padding recommendations and advice. Typically, high-traffic areas require firm, dense padding, while guest bedrooms and other light-traffic rooms may need less protection.
2. Select a Carpet Style that Fits Your Lifestyle
Carpet comes in various styles including: shag, textured, solid cut pile, cut and loop, and modular tiles. Each carpet has a distinctive look. However, this should not be your primary factor when choosing a carpet. Instead, examine your lifestyle and compare how each carpet will hold up against it. Plush carpeting is thick, soft and inviting. But it may not be the best choice for high traffic areas as it also shows footprints and vacuum tracks.
Here’s our list of other great carpet types and their descriptions.
Shag carpet has extra-deep pile, resulting in a shaggy appearance. You may conjure up an image of 1970’s orange carpet when you think of shag, but trust us; it has been modernized over the century. Shag carpeting now comes in a variety of colors. Thanks to its plush softness and textural look, it has gained popularity. It is an ideal carpet for private spaces such as playrooms and bedrooms, but not for eating areas such as the dining room. It can also hide flaws and is great for lounging on.
Solid Cut Pile
The most popular carpet choice among builders and contractors is wall-to-wall solid cut pile carpet. Cut pile refers to the carpet’s flat look which is made by looping the fibers and cutting the to the safe height. This carpet has a soft appearance, making it a great choice for families with children. It is also great for families with pets because there is nothing for their claws to dig into and rip.
Cut and Loop
Cut and loop is also popular, but a better fit for homeowners interested in subtle patterns. Cut and loop carpet offers a sculptural look through varied levels of sheared top loops and uncut low loops. The variation in color helps camouflage everyday wear and tear. However, it is less durable and is ill-advised for homeowners with pets, as their paws tend to snag on the loops.
Modular carpet tiles are among the best possible choices for active families because they are the most durable. This carpet is available in several colors, textures, patterns and design styles and very easy for DIYers to install. The great thing about modular tiles is that should the tile become permanently damaged, another can be ordered and stuck in its place.
3. Shop Around
Even the most high-end carpet doesn’t have to break the bank. Shop around to find carpet that fits your lifestyle as well as your budget. It’s always a good choice to comparison shop. Ask for separate pricing for materials and installation and compare among different suppliers.
Selecting the best carpet for your home will also help keep you within your budget. Go ahead and splurge on stain-resistant products in your busy family room, but its probably not needed in low traffic areas such as the guest room.
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