Not sure which carpet to choose? Follow this easy guide to help you make the right decision for your home!
Questions to Ask Yourself
- How long do you want it to last?
- Where will it be in the home?
- Will it see a lot of foot traffic?
- When do you need it by?
- What is your budget?
The first decision you have to make is what material to buy. Carpets come in a huge range of different options – all varying in price, benefits, and drawbacks. You can also get blends of different materials which can help to make weaker fibers stronger, and bring the price down for more high cost options (like wool for example).
Heavy weight is a good indication of quality of your carpet, however it shouldn't be relied on independently. Weight is measured in ounces per square yard, and will be either the face weight, or include the backing too (be sure to check which you have been provided with)
Pile refers to how the fibers in the carpet are constructed. This is one of the most important factors, excluding the actual material of the carpet. You can opt for high or low, dense or loose, looped or cut. Each of these will affect the behavior and longevity of your carpet. The pile may also be textured, which again impacts on how strong it will be.
This will be installed at the same time as your carpet, and will cushion underneath. A good pad will not only be soft and comforting underfoot, it will also aid in durability.
Many carpet providers will offer certain treatments which protect your carpet from soiling and staining. If you're installing the carpet in an area that's likely to have to contend with a lot of dirt (such as a hallway) it makes sense to invest in a treatment.