In order for you to make a house into a home, there are certain considerations that you want to make for form, function and comfort in your environment. The flooring that you install in your home is going to play a vitally important role in how easily you enjoy the comfort of the space. The flooring that you choose should be functional for the space, but also visually appealing and comfortable.
Carpeting is one of the options that is available to you. While carpeting does not work ideally in all settings, there are many situations where carpeting is the best option for you to pursue.
Pros & Cons of Carpet.
One of the greatest benefits of carpeting is that it provides warmth underfoot. If you are looking to create warmth in a room such as a family room or a bedroom, then carpeting is a solid way to go. Carpeting also provides insulation, especially when you consider the added insulation provided by carpet padding. This insulation bonus can add to the energy efficiency of a home.
Carpeting also provides non-slip surfaces, which is essential in homes where there are elderly residents or children. Carpeting will help to prevent accidents as well as to create a natural cushion if a fall does occur. This additional cushioning is also excellent for sound reduction, because carpeting is most capable of reducing sound in comparison to other types of flooring. You will be able to dampen the noise from foot traffic easily by installing carpeting in the home.
If you have rooms with floor damage, such as warping or other types of damage, then you can use carpeting to hide these cosmetic issues because you can simply install carpeting over other types of flooring. Most of the options that are available to you today for carpeting as easy to care for because they are stain resistant now more than ever, and this means that you can clean up most of the worst possible spills with ease. Today’s options available for carpeting are extremely durable in comparison to carpeting from the past, and this means that installing carpet is going to allow your floors to outlast most other types of flooring.
Despite its low costs, carpeting offers a great amount of decorating functionality for you. It is available in a wide variety of different types and styles, materials, colors and patterns. You can combine different types and styles of carpeting to create a cohesive look, or you can carpet the entire home in a single fashion.
While carpeting can be a less expensive option, it is not without its negatives. If you have a significant allergy issue, carpet can retain allergens and is harder to completely clean. Some Allergists will recommend removal of carpet in the case of significant allergy and respiratory issues. Carpet is also harder to maintain if you have pets and small children. Stains that are not found early enough can set and be hard to remove, particularly in less expensive brands.
Types of Carpet.
It is going to benefit you to understand the different types of carpeting construction so that you can make the right choice for your home application.
Your lifestyle and your budget are both going to play a role in choosing the right type of carpeting for your home. If you are looking for a formal or contemporary look, for example, then patterned carpet is a good way to go. For a natural and casual look, consider Berber carpeting. For formal elegance, consider plush Saxony carpeting, or Frieze shag for casual comfort. Textured plush makes an excellent choice for whole-house carpeting as it is a truly versatile option offering gentle softness.
The basic four types of carpeting are:
Level Loop Pile
Cut and Loop Pile
The best selling carpet type is textured cut pile. The yarn bundles stand up straight, and a luxurious appearance is created by pre-shearing the cut pile. This type of carpet is the least susceptible when it comes to crushing. Other types of cut pile carpeting are Saxony, texture, textured Saxony, velvet or plush and Frieze. Saxony carpeting is a tightly twisted type of cut pile carpeting that is heat-set so that it maintains straightness. Saxony carpeting involves the twisting of two or more fibers into a single yarn. As such, this is a soft textured carpeting that works well for formal areas and informal areas, but you should be aware of the fact that every footprint as well as vacuum cleaner marks will be visible.
Velvet and plush carpets are uniform in color and lightly twisted. They tend to be softer and they tend to be level in comparison to other types of carpeting. These carpets are especially ideal for formal areas like master bedrooms and formal living rooms because they have a luxurious and high-class look to them. Frieze carpets are highly twisted and therefore well suited for high traffic areas and informal areas. The fibers are shorter and they tend to curl in a myriad of directions and so they hide vacuum marks and foot traffic marks more readily than other types of carpeting.
The cut and loop pile form of carpeting involves fibers that are cut and looped. There are a variety of different types of surface textures and this means that this type of carpeting is going to be able to provide you with medium level durability. If you are looking for a type of carpeting that is going to be track resistant and durable then a good option for you to consider is level loop pile carpeting. This type of carpeting is created through the weaving of even yarn loops into carpeting on both ends. This carpeting has very strong loops and those loops make it a durable and track resistant option for you to consider. For a luxurious type of carpeting, higher loops are used. Level loops on the other hand are densely packed and short, and this makes the carpeting easy to clean.
Another type of carpeting that is gaining significantly in terms of popularity is Berber carpeting. Berber carpeting limits appearance of footprints, which is one of the largest reasons for its popularity. The yarn used in this type of carpeting is thicker, and so it can be more durable, but it also may mean that more dirt is trapped within its layers and so this is a consideration that you are going to want to make when buying this type of carpeting for your home, especially when high traffic areas are being considered.
Cost Considerations for Carpet
When you are considering replacing the flooring in your home, or starting from scratch for a new home project, you will want to take a good hard look at the various flooring types available. Carpet is a nice choice for many and a popular one for most rooms in a home in those locations with colder weather climates. There are some considerations when it comes to carpet costs such as what else is required for the installation for a carpet. When you choose carpet you can choose from a variety of thicknesses and many types of color.
In addition to carpet you will need a padding to go under the carpet. The cost for the padding is different based on the thickness that you choose. For installation of carpet there are not very many tools required in most cases. This is one of the reasons that carpet is a great option for the new home buyer. It provides a nice clean surface that is comfortable for almost every room of the home from the bedroom to the living room. Unlike tile or wood the time for installation is cut dramatically for carpet. This is good news when it comes to the project budget. You will pay less in labor for a carpet installation and the timeline for the install is much better. If you are in a hurry to finish the job the carpet installation can typically be completed in just a few hours.
When selecting carpet keep in mind that the prices are typically far better than the materials used for wood or tile and the labor costs will be lower as well. You will have less time spent by your contractor on the installation of carpet than the other options and the job will be done well typically the first time around. In addition to the installation time you will be able to use the carpeted area much faster than that of laminate, tile and sometimes wood. Once the carpet is laid you can use it right away, unlike the other options, which often require drying time.
Installation of Carpet
As far as flooring types go, carpeting is relatively easy to install but there are some specific considerations that you are going to want to make. For example, the shape of the room, the type of flooring currently in the room and how much space you need to cover are all considerations that need to be made when you are buying and installing carpeting.
Carpeting is great when it comes to going over other types of flooring, but if your room gets any moisture, you might have trouble installing carpeting. If you have flooring with problems, then it might be a good idea for you to choose carpeting because the carpet can be laid directly over the previous flooring, and you won’t be able to see the cosmetic issues anymore. Carpet can generally be cut and rolled out directly onto a floor, but you need to have a way to attach it to the floor, typically involving nail strips or staple strips. Keep in mind that if the carpet wears away between rooms or along a wall or baseboard, that these tack strips can become visible and potentially harmful.
Make sure that you work with an expert to install your carpeting or that you know what you are doing, otherwise you may install the carpet improperly which can cause issues. The most obvious issues are cosmetic, such as carpet not lining up, carpet having gaps from room to room or carpet peeling up, but there are also quality issues that you are going to want to avoid as well. When you work with an expert or a specialist in carpeting installation, then you are going to have more knowledge and experience that you can apply to the job in order to make sure that it is done properly.