Did you know that wall-to-wall carpeting is the most popular choice of floor covering for homes? Due to the variety of styles, textures, and designs it easily enhances the look of most living spaces and using carpet on stairs and in living rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms will make your home a more desirable and cozy place to live. Also carpet can look beautiful and last for many years if it is installed properly and maintained.
When deciding on carpet for your home you need to think about which type of carpet will best suit your home and lifestyle. There is so much to choose from in terms of textures, colors, and patterns that will complement your furniture and window treatments, so you need to do research before you buy.
Deciding which carpet is best for your needs goes beyond just running your hand across some samples and picking your favorite color or pattern. You need to know what makes a good carpet, what padding to use, and how best to install it.
There are two main types of carpet available today: natural and synthetic.
Wool is the luxury choice—the best of the best. Even though wool is softer than synthetics, it’s very durable.
Nylon is as durable as wool, soft, and a good stain resister. It is also more affordable. No wonder it accounts for about 65% of carpet sales.
Polyester, which has a soft texture, is known for its luxurious thick pile. It’s not as durable as nylon but is much cheaper.
Acrylic feels and looks like wool but tends to fuzz. It’s not usually used in room-size carpets. You will most often come across it in bathroom rugs, because it resists moisture and mildew.
With carpet, once you’ve narrowed your choice of fiber, you will have a variety of piles and hundreds of colors and patterns to establish a foundation for a room’s decor. Woven or loop-pile wool should be confined to dressing areas. Nylon and other synthetic carpets are a better choice for splash zones, because they are washable and hold up well in moist conditions.
The principal care of carpeting is regular vacuuming. And since most carpet today is manufactured with a stain-resistant treatment, which doesn’t allow liquids to pass below the surface, you can sop up spills easily as long as it is done immediately.
Carpeting saves energy as it provides insulation in winter and summer. It keeps chills, drafts, and outside heat from seeping through the floor, which helps cut your utility bills for heating and cooling. It’s cozy, it feels good on bare feet and makes a room feel warm.
Carpeting is also a good flooring choice if you want to minimize sound. This is why it’s good for family rooms and bedrooms, as it reduces the sound of conversation, TV, and other noises.
Generally, the more material and the denser the weave in a carpet the greater the problems from moisture absorption, staining, and mildew. While carpet is not a good choice for bathrooms, if you do want to use it, make sure your choice is short-pile and un-sculptured.
Carpeting can aggravate allergy symptoms, as the fibers catch and hold dust, dirt, bugs, and bacteria. If you are allergic to dust mites or similar insects, or if you have a respiratory condition such as asthma, you should think twice about using carpet in your home.
If a carpet is damaged by water or flooding, you really need to throw it out. Mold and mildew can develop in the padding and make you sick.
Although carpets are treated with stain guards, chemical protectants won’t guard against everything. Pets and carpet don’t mix well, for instance. With pets, think hardwood floors, tiles, and resilient coverings. Or in high traffic areas such as mud rooms you are better off choosing other alternatives.