Buying Tips for Carpet & Rugs
Don’t take the quality of your carpet cushion lightly
The performance of your carpet cushion directly impacts the performance of your carpet. Spending those extra few dollars on cushion is highly recommended, since you can then gain many extra years of quality performance from your carpet. Make sure you make the right decision on cushion quality to take full advantage of your warranty. Many carpet warranties are tied to the grade of cushion you select. A carpet cushion affects many factors that will increase your satisfaction with your new carpet, including underfoot feel, sound dampening, durability, ease of cleaning, and insulation. Each of these ultimately affect the life of your carpet! In addition, quality cushion helps to resist the crushing or flattening of the fiber that can cause your carpet to look old or worn long before its useful wear life is over.
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
It’s usually easy to find out all the information you need about a particular carpet. The stain resistance, anti-static claims, and wear warranties can be found listed on the back of the sample, along with the type of fiber (nylon, polyester, polypropylene, etc.), face weight, density, and twist.
There is no substitute for a knowledgeable sales person
As you can see there are a wide variety of issues to resolve in buying the best carpet for your needs. The performance and quality characteristics of carpet vary more widely than that of other flooring materials and a knowledgeable sales person will help you match up your performance needs.