Carpet Flooring

One of the most popular flooring choices is the carpet. Some of the things you should consider when thinking of installing carpet floors are where it will be used, comfort, cost, Styles and colors, ease of maintenance and your personal taste.

Carpet Flooring Pros and Cons

Pros: A carpet can create as many moods as colours can influence, it can make a small space look larger and it can shrink large places to make them look small. A carpet can provide a rich modern look to a room or it can create a statement of neutrality, it is safe for small children that might fall on it without injuring themselves and it feels very comfortable to walk on.

Cons: Tough stains can occur as a result of spilling food and drink, pet accidents that can occur, and more. Once this occurs, it is very hard to remove from carpet flooring and can result in unpleasant odours. There can be potential large cleaning problems. A carpet can store pet odours and in times of low humidity collect static electricity which can deliver a slight shock to people who touch metal or each other. Also, in high traffic areas of a house it may show wear paths.

Choosing the Right Carpet

When choosing a carpet type that is right for your lifestyle and taste, you should take into account your habits, traffic in the designated section of the house, design, durability and maintenance level required.

The main four carpet types in the market today are:

  • Solid color carpets
  • Textured carpets
  • Berber carpets
  • Pattern carpets
  • Each one of these types of carpets has different brands, levels of thickness, weight and colors. For heavy traffic areas at your home you should consider a carpet which is more durable and stain resistant, this will make it easier to handle stains on your carpet and will show less wear. A very popular and durable carpet for this kind of areas will be the "Berber" carpet. Carpets have a star rate of 1-5 stars which allows the consumer to pick the best option to fit their needs and budget. A 5 star rated carpet would be more durable, have higher density and better protection from stains so it will last longer.

    Carpets Cost

    Carpet prices will vary depending on the brand, thickness, custom colors and warranties.

    Carpet Installation

    Any carpet installation project starts with removing the old carpet or other flooring, base moulding and sometimes the entrance door. The subfloor must be clean and dry and any floor boards which may be loose should be made secure prior to installing the new carpet. After finishing the sub floor preparation, tack-less strips are installed around the perimeter of the room. The next step is to lay the under pad followed by installing the carpet using a knee kicker, cut any vent openings and finally installing the base moulding.

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