When you look around your living room, do you see a nice soft inviting expanse of plush carpet, or a collection of stains, matted pile, and fading or discoloration? Perhaps you’ve just moved into your new home, but the previous owner’s carpeting tastes were stuck in the 70′s and that burnt-orange shaggy eye-sore just has to go. Maybe you’re building a new home and don’t know where to start in deciding what type of carpet to buy.
Whatever the case, this article will help you on your way to new carpeting by guiding you through the buying process with tips on carpeting types and what to look for when comparing prices. Let’s get started! Cut-Pile and Loop Carpet: First, let’s have a little introduction to different carpets. We’ll call it Carpet Types 101. This guide is not meant to include all types of carpet, but will introduce you to the two main classifications of carpet; cut pile and loop.
With a loop carpet, the fibers come up through the carpet backing and back down through again to form; you guessed it, a loop! With cut pile, this loop has been cut (surprise!) which gives a more dense feeling and appearance. While loop carpets are somewhat more durable, they do not have the luxurious feel of a nice cut-pile.
The main consideration here is form versus function. For a high-traffic entryway, a loop may be the way to go, but in your living room you’d probably rather have the cozy, luxurious feeling of cut pile. Of course, there are many varieties of both loop and cut-pile to consider, and each of those varieties can be made in a more or less dense weave and of a myriad of different materials and weights, both natural and synthetic…wait, was that a yawn? How to find the best Carpet in Market: OK, don’t panic! We will not be launching into a PhD level discussion of carpeting, let’s move on.
You don’t really a carpet Ph.D. You just need to find someone who does, so step one is to go to the home center or flooring store and speak with a sales person. If they don’t begin by asking you several questions to help determine which carpeting would best suit your needs, but instead start pitching you on the fanciest textured wool carpet they have, move on.
Discussion with Sales Person: Their job is to take into consideration the hundreds of carpets available on the market and, by asking you pointed questions about what you want out of your carpet, where it will be located, how it will be used etc., narrow your choices down to a handful. They can discuss with you things like “face weight,” “density,” “twist,” “staple,” etc. as necessary.
At that point, your salesperson should explain the benefits and costs of his or her recommendations and help you arrive at the best decision for your situation. For a major purchase such as this, you can’t afford to buy the wrong thing the first time around and have to replace it in a few years. Worse yet, you could be forced to look at a poor choice year after year, with visions of your salesperson laughing at you until you can afford to have it replaced.
Finding someone you trust will make the process of buying carpet so much simpler, it might even be enjoyable! Your Budget and Carpet Pricing: As far as the price of the carpet itself is concerned, you must realize that you are naturally going to pay more for higher quality. Generally, higher quality means that your carpet will last longer, so consider it an investment. Prices range from about $4 a square yard for “contractor” or “apartment” grade, all the way to well over $100 for exotic woods. It is recommended that you buy the highest quality carpet you can afford reasonably, unless you plan on leaving it behind and moving, or you’re sure you will re-decorate before it wears out.
Obviously, you will want to be assured that you are getting the best value for the specific type of carpet you are buying as well, so it is best to shop around a little, but remember, there is no such thing as a “free lunch.” If you find a carpet you like in one store, but find it across town at half-price, there is probably something amiss.
You need to take into consideration several factors before making a final decision. Remember that a store that has hundreds of styles and colors in-stock will likely charge slightly more than a store which orders most of its inventory, so how quickly you’d like to have your carpeting is a factor. Also, you need to consider installation and padding. Each of these can add $1-$4 per square yard to your price. Some places will quote carpets “installed,” others will add this to the price afterward.
You can often get a good deal on installation if you work with a store’s recommended installer. You should also consider the carpet’s various warranties. There will typically be a stain warranty and a wear warranty. Of course, longer warranties will indicate better carpeting and, therefore, higher prices.
You can frequently find that design services are also available to help you choose the perfect color and style. How to choose the Best Carpet for Your Home or Office: When all is said and done, go with the best value. That is, choose the company that has the best combination of service and price.
While getting the “best deal” is often a badge of honor these days, remember that great service is part of the transaction too. Don’t be afraid to pay a little bit more to the nice folks that were truly helpful to you in choosing your carpet, for they can be indispensable to you if you need a little extra help.
Furthermore, you’ll know just who to turn to the next time you need flooring, your own personal “carpet Ph.D.! featured images: License: Creative Commons image source Author Bio: Angela Joseph writes on behalf of Michael’s Flooring. It mainly deals with carpet.