Choosing new carpeting can be one of the most difficult decisions a homeowner can face. By following a few basic guidelines, well-informed buyers will find it easier to avoid long-lasting and costly mistakes. There are several things to consider before making a decision.
Many consumers do not give enough consideration to the importance of padding. Some will go as far as skimping on the padding in order to control the costs of the project. Padding strengthens the carpet and prevents the backing from unraveling. The proper padding will provide support and strength to the carpet and extend its life.
Cleaning and Maintenance
It is important to ensure that there are no unusual cleaning and maintenance requirements. It may be wise to avoid carpeting that requires special equipment or cleaning solutions. As carpet cleaning can be a difficult and time consuming task, busy homeowners may also want to avoid carpeting that has a lengthy cleaning process.
Carpeting stairs can change the entire nature of a project. Since the carpet will have to be bent around each step, special attention must to be paid to this area. For example, if the carpet is not thick enough, the backing can become visible as the carpet is curved around the front of the step.
There are several options when determining which fiber construction to choose. Each option has its own advantages. Wool is a naturally occurring fiber that is very soft and durable. It is the most expensive to purchase and is also the most expensive to maintain. These carpets also require professional cleaning. If properly maintained, wool carpets can last a lifetime. Nylon fiber, while cheaper than wool, can continue to look new for years. It resists stains and can last up to twenty years.
The advertised price, generally quoted by the square foot, usually does not include all the fees and costs of the project. Additional costs such as delivery, disposal of the old carpet and the actual installation can add significantly to the final cost. Make sure to get a complete quote from the sales person prior to committing to the purchase.
Recent advances in manufacturing technology and fiber treatments have made purchasing a new carpet far more complicated. Consumers will find that having a simple plan and a clear picture of what they need and want will make buying a new carpet much easier.
Once you have chosen and installed you new carpet, protect your investment with regular professional carpet cleaning.