Thursday, 7 May 2015

Buying Tips: Choose the Right Carpet for Home

Buying carpet is the third most expensive purchase the average homeowner will make. Purchasing carpet ranks behind the purchase of a home and a new car as the most common and most expensive single purchases in dollar terms. While most purchasers carefully consider the current condition, anticipated life, anticipated repairs, the cost of maintenance, resell value etc. in the purchase of a home or new automobile, the primary decision in the purchase of new carpet typically rests with color and whether it will match the sofa or wallpaper.

Consider Various Carpet Styles

Choose a carpet that matches your life style. Some carpets leave a foot marks, vacuum traces such as plush carpet. Saxon carpet is the most common type of carpet and can be used in low traffic areas such as formal living rooms and master bedrooms.

Carpet Density

Carpet density is how close the fiber strands of a carpet are to each other. The denser the carpet the longer it will stand up straight and the less it will "crush". However the denser the carpet, the less soft it will be (there are nice dense carpets on the market that are still soft). You will have to decide if long term quality or softness of the carpet is more important. Or choose a carpet that is dense but still soft and get the best of both worlds.

Pick The Perfect Carpet Padding

Put a layer of padding for support beneath your carpet. Select a good padding material for your carpet. It protects your carpet from wear and tear as it conceals the imperfection of the floor. Select a rubber or foam material.


It’s going to happen, no matter how long you hold out from sipping wine or munching on chips and salsa in your freshly carpeted room. Stain protection is an important consideration when buying carpet. Products come with various levels of protection and warranties. As the quality of a carpet increases, so does its stain protection level and warranty coverage.


It’s a good idea to read the product specs and warranty coverage on the back labels of your carpet prior to purchasing. Doing so will give you the information you need to protect your investment — and eliminate any surprises down the road.

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