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 can mean extra years of performance for your carpet. Some carpet warranties also depend 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 fiber 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 that you want and the location of your new 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

As you can see there are a wide variety of things to consider when buying the best carpet for your needs. The performance and quality characteristics of carpet vary more widely than that of other flooring materials. Give us a call, or stop into our Venice, FL showroom to talk with a member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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