Residents are wise to do their research before taking the plunge – at least when it comes to buying the right carpet for their home.

Finding carpet that feels right

Some dos and don’ts for selecting new pile.

Carpets provide both practical and aesthetic appeal inside a home. In winter, carpets help keep homes warm, and the right colour carpet can add to design schemes.

Carpeting remains a go-to flooring material in modern homes.

In fact, many homes offer a blend of both carpeting in some rooms and different flooring choices in others, hardwood, tile etc.

When choosing carpet, it is important that homeowners follow some guidelines to prolong a carpet’s longevity and maintain its style.

The following are some common carpeting dos and don’ts:

DO consider the room’s purpose and foot traffic before shopping for carpeting.

Make a list of the attributes desired (ie. soundproofing, easy care, high pile) and present these to the salesperson, so he or she can help in making the best choice.

DON’T rush into flooring choices. Unlike paint colours, flooring materials are more permanent choices that are only updated every several years or more.

Weigh all options before diving in.

DO consider conservative colours and styles.

Neutral hues and patterns will blend better with furniture options.

This means homeowners can change furniture out and still keep the existing carpeting, which complements any new pieces.

Also, if there’s a chance of sell the home in the near future, it’s important to keep in mind that buyers tend to look for a neutral colour scheme they can make their own.

DON’T skimp on underlay to save a few dollars on the carpet installation.

The carpeting needs a solid foundation to last and look its best.

Inadequate underlay can lead to extra and noticeable wear and tear. Invest in a good foundation for the carpeting, like firm, dense padding in high-traffic areas.

DO become knowledgeable about different carpet styles, such as frieze, Berber, Saxony, textured, and more. This will help in making the most educated decision.

DON’T just buy on price.  Consider the professionalism and expertise of the staff responsible for carpet installation.

High-cost carpet may not look very good if it isn’t installed correctly.

DO stain-protect rugs and carpeting, which can help repel stains that would otherwise become permanent and can prolong the longevity of the flooring.

There are carpet companies that guarantee the stain can be removed, or they replace it.

DON’T forget to vacuum carpets frequently to prevent ground-in dirt and debris.

DO pick textured carpets to conceal footprints and vacuum track marks.

 

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