Carpets Supplied and Installed

When you're choosing carpets for your home, it can often seem overwhelming. There is just so much choice out there! Or you might be the type of person who simply picks out the fluffiest carpet or their favourite colour. However, if you put in some time to really think about your choices, both in looks and practicality, you could well find that your carpets last a lot longer, meaning you'll have to replace them less frequently, and therefore, of course, saving you money - which is great!

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Wall to Wall Carpeting

There are some times when we need to carpet a whole house. Perhaps you've just moved into a new property with very old, dirty and bad smelling carpets that you couldn't possibly live with, or maybe no carpets at all, or perhaps your current carpets are getting on a bit and you simply want the job doing all at once.

In this situation it can be tempting to pick one carpet wall to wall. It does save time, but each room in the house has very different carpet requirements, so it really does pay to choose a different type of carpet for each area.

Carpets In High Traffic Areas

Carpet in high traffic areas of the home, such as halls and stairways can be problematic if you don't make the right choices. A tough hard wearing carpet is a must. When you're buying a carpet, the hard wearing ones will be clearly marked, but if in doubt ask your retailer. Even if you're buying your carpets online, don't forget that you can still ask questions. Any good online retailer will soon reply to your emails and will answer your phone calls promptly.

You should also consider colour in these high traffic areas. You may have to compromise for the sake of longevity. You may have your heart set on a pale cream hall carpet to brighten up your dingy entrance way, but in reality you'll be spending so much time trying to keep it clean that you'll probably wish you'd gone for something a little darker. Halls get a lot of wear and tear, especially if you have a large family. A dark or mid coloured carpet, with a pattern is the best for not showing the dirt.

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Choosing A Carpet

To be able to pick the perfect carpet for your home, it is necessary that you are aware of what is available out there so you can make a choice from among those. The carpet, as such, involves sewing the strands of yarn into a backing material (which creates numerous yarn loops). You need to know about the 3 most preferred varieties of carpets that have been ruling the current carpet market.

Cut Pile Carpet Weave

Cut Pile - This is the type of carpet in which loops of yarn are cut upright to a certain size using hi-tech weaving machinery. This is done in order to extend a tuft quality to it and also to give it a soft, fluffy look. This kind of a carpet can be constructed using natural as well as man-made fibres.

Loop Pile Carpet Weave

Loop Pile - This is created through a series of uncut loops of yarn, with the weaving machinery. This type of carpet is considered to be the most robust and long-lasting. Generally, the fibre olefin is used for weaving purposes as it can withstand a great deal of wear and tear.

Natural - These carpets are created in a number of ways and are usually made without the use of any synthetic fibre, and natural fibres like jute, coir, seagrass are used.

With all the new types of carpet on the market when it comes to buying carpet it can be a bit of an overwhelming task. Be sure to check out the performance characteristics to make sure the type you are looking at will stand up to your expectations. The wrong choice will not last as long and you will disappointed. Follow these 10 tips to buying carpet that works for you.

Twist

Look at the twist in the individual yarn pieces. Several twists may give you good carpet. The number of twists will affect the performance and the density of the pile. Do not confuse density with the height of the pile. Pile height has nothing to do with performance.

Generally the more twists in the individual yarns the more spring in the carpet. Remember the more spring the more footprints that will be hidden. However if you are looking for vibrant carpets you will have to trade off the spring because the more vibrant carpets do not have that crimped texture.

Stain Protection

You should look for stain protection , soil protection and static guard. Most home owner only clean their carpet once a year so you will want a carpet to perform well over a three year period. Carpets should be cleaned at least twice a year but if you have a heavy traffic areas you may have to clean them as often as 3 or 4 times a year.

The carpet industry has introduced some amazing carpets with stain protection, soil and static protection these new products are better than ever before.

In order to stay extremely competitive, the smart independent retail flooring centers have curbed and cut costs so that they can actually offer flooring to the consumer for a lower price than in years past. It could be a smart time right now to make that purchase.

Reputable Dealer

Always buy your carpet from a reputable dealer. Look for a quality and customer service oriented dealer with a special carpet section. Make sure the dealer stands behind the products he sells.

Look then Look Some More

Look at all the different types of carpets that are available to you. Also look at the various under pads available for the carpet. Don't skimp on the under pad. Just because it's not visible doesn't mean it's not important. A cheap thin under pad will not do your new carpet any good and will shorten the life of your carpet. An underpad that is too thin will only fall apart under your carpet and damage the carpet over it.

Professional Install

You should have your new carpet installed by a professional installer. The dealer will either have their own installation crew or they will be able to direct you to someone they recommend.

Prepare The Floor

Remember the floor you place the carpet pad and carpet on will have to be prepared to protect your investment. The better grades of carpet usually need a better grade of underlay or carpet pad.

Choosing The Right Carpet

The color and texture will affect the look of the room and lighting conditions will affect the look of the carpet. If the carpeting is smooth or even surfaced it will have a velvety look or plush look like you would want in a formal dining room. Use an oriental or a tapestry weave style to give a formal look to any room.

To help a room look lighter or brighter a more lustrous carpet fiber should be chosen. Remember a smooth luxurious carpets will show footprints and vacuum marks. If you like this look than ask for a luster fiber but if you do not like the look be sure to tell the sales rep that you do not want lustrous carpet pile.

You can get carpeting in a uneven surface where the looped pile is a bit uneven so it looks to be tailored. By combining different piles at different heights you will get a sculpted look. This look can also be duplicated by the color or the carpet being varied colors. You will find that some carpets get this look by carving on the surface of the carpet pile.

On the sculpted carpet the incoming light strikes the uneven surfaces of the pile at different angles. This type of carpet shows no footprints. The low densely packed carpet is the best for wear. Because the carpet loops are not cut in a low densely packed carpet it will wear longer than a cut pile carpet will. The taller the pile the more sound absorbing capabilities the carpet will be. Remember that high pile carpet is not good for high traffic areas. These fibers will be trampled and will be harder to clean.

High Traffic Areas

The basic pile or low loop is a good performer in a high traffic area. You will often see this type of carpet in offices. It wears like iron and cleans up easier than a pile carpet. The chunky look of Berber will have a level loops and have a chunky look. The wear factor is good but not as good as level loop carpeting but it will hide the dirt better.

You Get What You Pay For

Remember as like all things in life you will get what you pay for. A low quality carpet is a low quality carpet. Be aware and select the carpet you need and like. Just because it looks like a good deal at the time, you might not think that when you have to change the carpet in 3 years instead of 10 or 20 years. So shop carefully!

Guarantee or Warranty

Find out what the guarantee is on the carpet and what the guarantee covers. Does it just replace the carpet or does it also cover installation. What will void the warranty and what is not covered. Know before you buy.

These 10 tips will have you choosing the right carpet for the room in no time. Your room will have a brand new face lift and look awesome!

Also take into account the size of a room when you're considering your new carpet. A small room will look smaller with a dark carpet, a pale carpet will open it up and make it seem more light and airy. A dark hallway will also seem lighter with a pale carpet. At the other end of the spectrum, a large room could well feel cosier if you have a darker carpet. If you're familiar with an art package on the computer, it could be advantageous to take some photos of each room and change the colour of the carpet digitally to see what it looks like. It might just prevent you from making a costly mistake.