Wednesday, May 13, 2015

6 Things for Homeowners to Consider When Purchasing New Carpet

While many people are into Madison hardwood flooring these days, there are some advantages to having carpet. They can easily create a cozy atmosphere in your living room or bedroom. Carpet is easy to maintain, has the lowest total cost of flooring options, is quick to install and is versatile enough to match the decor in any room. However, with the vast amount of carpeting options, choosing the perfect Wisconsin carpet for your home can be a daunting task. Here are 7 things to consider when picking out that new carpet:

1. Carpet Durability

The most important aspect of any flooring really is the durability. There's more to a carpet's durability than just the way it feels though. Durability, when it comes to carpet, is directly related to the thickness or density, the fiber it's made from and the way it is constructed. When looking for the most durable carpet for your budget, consider the following:
  • Carpet Density - This is how close the fiber strands of carpet are to each other. The denser the carpet, the longer it will stand up straight. However, the more dense it is, the less soft it will be. You will have to decide which is more important to you or try to find a balance between the two. 
  • Carpet Fiber - There are many different fiber types of carpet. Wool is most expensive, but also most durable. Nylon is considered to be the most durable for foot traffic. Polyester gives you a nice bang for your buck when compared to Nylon. The list goes on. 
  • Carpet Construction - Carpet comes in numerous different types and styles, each serving a different purpose. Carpet fibers can either be looped or standing straight up, plush vs. berber, and then you have the shag! The carpet type you choose will depend on your needs and wants. 

2. Stain Resistance

No matter where you'll be putting the carpet, stains can occur anywhere in the home. Stain resistance is very important. Carpet can either be made with a fiber that does not absorb (or absorbs very little) liquids or it can be treated with a stain treatment. The better the stain treatment on your carpet and the less oil used in manufacturing, the better your carpet will repel dirt. This not only extends the life of your carpet, but also the look of it.

3. Price of Carpet

One of the biggest factors that goes into determining what type of carpeting in Madison, Wisconsin you'll choose is the price. Usually the price is directly related to the quality of the product, but that's not always the case. Once you get above a certain benchmark, you're spending more on style than quality. Beware of very stylish carpets that cost a lot, but are made of lower quality fibers. It's a good idea to work with an honest, reputable Madison flooring company to make sure you're getting a good value.

4. Softness/Feel

The feel of your carpet is the most fun aspect because it's what you feel when you're walking barefoot across or laying across it. The feel of the carpet adds comfort and coziness or stiffness and durability. As long as your fiber, construction and thickness are good, you really can't go wrong with the softness. While a tight carpet will last longer, we're not talking about a significant difference. Therefore, you should purchase something that you're going to be happy with.

5. Look & Style

The primary reason why most people choose a specific carpet is based on the limitless choices in color and style. Before drowning in all of the options, consider the room space, other room furnishings, the overall targeted feel and your future plans. If you're planning to sell your house, choosing a neutral color and tone is your best option.

6. Functionality

Carpet can instantly improve the home's aesthetic value and bring a new look and feel to any area. In choosing which type of carpet is right for you, think about floor traffic and room usage. Once you determine these factors, it will be easier to purchase carpet correctly suited for that room. If you're unsure of what the room's use will be, make sure to choose a carpet that will work well in any application.

Choosing the right carpet is not an easy task and you're going to have to live with your decision for years to come. However, with the right information and a knowledgeable staff guiding you through the purchase, carpet can create beautiful, functional spaces. Stop by our Madison flooring showroom today to take a look at what we have to offer.

For all your flooring needs, contact the BEST flooring company in Madison, WI

1017 Applegate Rd., Suite 200
Madison, WI 53713
Phone: 608-442-1200

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