4 Tips for Choosing the Best Carpet

Posted by Ed DePrato on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 1:49pm.

Carpet is a soft, cozy, and practical flooring solution. It insulates better than other flooring which can help reduce energy bills but it’s also durable and non-slip. With so many carpet choices out there, it can be confusing about how to choose the best one for you and your space. We have some tips that should help you in your search for the perfect carpet.

1. Look for dense pile carpet. Closely spaced yarns is a sign of quality and the denser the fibers the more durable the carpet will be. Pile density ratings range from 1000 to 6000 and the optimal density for normal household use is a density value of 3000.

2. If anyone in your home has allergies, wool is the best fiber option for carpet. Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive option. If you can’t afford wool, you can still help allergy sufferers investing in a good vacuum with a HEPA filter and cleaning regularly. Nylon is the next best option and the most common carpet fiber because it’s durable and offers good stain resistance. There are other types of carpet fibers but overall they won’t withstand heavy traffic and are prone to crushing over time.

3. The carpet manufacturer will have a recommendation on what type of padding to use under your carpet. Proper padding is important because it extends the life of the carpet, acts as a sound buffer in your home and helps to keep the carpet cleaner. Don’t go cheap on the padding to try and save money. You’ll regret it afterward and it isn’t something that can easily (or cheaply) be corrected. Get the best padding you can and you’ll be glad you did for years to come.

4. There are a lot of pile (or “nap”) options but in general you should avoid shag carpets. Shag piles are terrible for allergy sufferers because they trap more dust and, if you have pets that shed, it’s near impossible to get pet hair out of a shag carpet. You want something that will be easy to clean if it will be in a high traffic area, if it is in an area where food and drink can be spilled on it, or if you have pets so opt for a level loop pile, a cut and loop pile, or a plush cut pile. If you really want a shag carpet, invest in an area rug which can easily be replaced.

These are just a few tips to help you in your carpet search. Of course, you should rely on a carpet professional at the store for more advice or questions you may have on which carpet is right for you. Thanks for reading the blog today and don’t forget to share this post by clicking the buttons at the top of the page.

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