Carpet flooring provides many advantages for different rooms in your home, including bedrooms, living rooms, and playrooms. Carpeting can help with both insulation and soundproofing, and it is also beneficial for homes with children or elderly adults who may be vulnerable to falling. Wall-to-wall carpeting is excellent for creating an atmosphere that is homey as well as polished. You can install carpeting in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles, making it a versatile design option. It has been one of the lowest cost options for floor covering for years due to the many levels of quality and style.
Carpeting can be beneficial because it requires fairly little maintenance. You can simply vacuum your carpet once a week, and steam clean your carpet one or two times per year. Carpeting can, however, be a disadvantage if you frequently deal with serious spills, which could necessitate deep cleaning more often. Carpet also can hold allergens and bacteria and can cause respiratory complications for those with asthma or other upper respiratory conditions.
Like many of the other flooring options out there be sure when ordering carpet you understand the details about the carpet you choose. There is little regulation in the carpet industry when it comes to advertised specifications. A carpet you may find at a big box store such as Lowes or Home Depot may be advertised as a 30 oz carpet but may truly only be a 25 oz from the manufacturer. This may not seem like a big deal but when held up to a real 30 oz carpet you will notice a big difference in the density and feel of the carpet. It will also effect the life of the carpet in its ability to stand up to wear. This is one way, among many others, companies trick homeowners into buying carpet at a seemingly great deal when in reality you are buying a lesser quality carpet at a higher price. These scams are advertised regularly by companies promising “Buy one room get 2 rooms free”.
There is also a big difference in the materials used to make carpet. A polyester carpet no matter what a manufacturer may say is much different than a nylon carpet when it comes to wear and stain resistance. Nylon carpets last much longer, are less likely to show wear or traffic patterns in rooms and hallways, have a high stain resistance and are much more easily cleaned by a wide variety of professional cleaning options.
Another very important part of choosing your carpeting is the padding. There are many types of padding: Waffle Rubber, Urethane Foam, Bonded Urethane (Rebond), Flat Rubber and Fiber. Each has its advantages and disadvantages as well as differences in price point. A quality pad can greatly effect the life of your carpet. If you use a low quality soft padding it will put additional stress on the backing of your carpet which is what holds your carpet together. By choosing a heavier grade, more dense padding you reduce the amount of flex and stress put on your carpet backing which in turn lengthens the life of the carpet.
At Ace Custom Flooring have professionals that can help you navigate through all the information and make sure you get the quality carpet you want at the best possible price and discuss whether or not carpeting is the right flooring choice for you.