Carpets & Rugs

Buying Tips for Carpets & Rugs

Don’t take the quality of your carpet cushion lightly

The performance of many carpets and rugs will hinge on the performance of the cushion. Spending a few extra dollars on cushion could mean extra years of performance for your carpet. Some carpet warranties also hinge on the grade of cushion you select. Carpet cushion affects the luxury feel underfoot, quietness, resilience, cleaning, insulation, and, ultimately, the life of your carpet. Crushing or flattening of your carpet causes it to look ugly long before its useful wear life is over. Quality cushion will help resist this condition.

Don’t judge the quality by feel alone

Thick and luxurious carpet can fool you at times. Determine the performance you want and the conditions effecting your carpet. A tighter twisted fiber doesn’t feel as soft but it will generally give you better performance over the life of the carpet. A tightly twisted yarn will resist soiling, matting and crushing. When a yarn is not tightly twisted it may feel more luxurious but it will tend to crush and flatten out more quickly.

Read the labels

Generally speaking you can review the stain resistance, anti-static claims and wear warranties right on the back of the sample. You also will see the type of fiber ( nylon, polyester, polypropylene, etc.), the face weight, density, and twist.

There is no substitute for a knowledgeable sales person

Carpet can be tricky – compared to other flooring options there are a greater variety of performance and quality issues that can complicate your buying choices. To ensure you get the carpet and carpet cushion that will give you long life and excellent wear, be sure to enlist the help of our expert staff and excellent installation team.


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