Purchasing Carpet

Carpeting remains the number one choice people make when it comes to flooring. With hundreds of incredible options, you can change the look of your home in an affordable way. Carpeting provides a soft, warm floor, while enhancing the room's decor. The key when purchasing carpet is to consider three primary things to include cost, appearance, and performance. After all, you want to buy carpeting that is within your budget but also that will hold up for years while looking great.

Widths

Carpet comes in various widths such as 12, 13, and 15 feet. Now, if the room you need carpet installed in were narrower, then the installer would create a seam so the pieces come together. Keep in mind, that while most carpet seams are virtually invisible, they can be seen more with certain types of carpeting to include low profile and looped. Additionally, seams will take on a different visibility level depending on the color of the carpet, texture, and even furniture placement and lighting of the room.

With carpeting, the nap goes in one direction. Because of this, you will sometimes experience shading or pile reversal, especially when choosing a cut pile type of carpeting such as plush. However, this unwanted appearance can be minimized in most cases simply by placing the room's furniture differently or even by changing the lighting, which could be done by switching out window treatments.

Quality

Although you will pay more money for higher quality carpet, it is usually worth the investment. You see, the higher level of quality means the pile of the carpet is denser. Additionally, denser carpeting is constructed with a tighter twist. The result of high-density carpeting is much greater durability and strength. Obviously, the carpet would hold up much longer for you to enjoy but also add greater value should you decide to sell.

Color

Another huge consideration when purchasing carpet is the color. Although you can choose whatever you like, for the best look, we wanted to provide you with a few pointers. Typically, carpet will look lighter once it has all been installed. Therefore, when you shop around for carpeting, imagine it being lighter at home than in the store. Then, the size and even configuration of the room would be important considerations when choosing color. If you have a small room, lighter carpet can make it look larger. On the other hand, an oversized room could be scaled back in appearance simply by choosing darker colored carpeting.

If you plan to stay in your home for just a few years and then sell, we strongly suggest you stick with neutral tones. With this, any potential homebuyer would be able to see his or her furniture and artwork in the home. However, if you had bedrooms with bright red or blue carpeting, the prospective buyer is seeing nothing but work and dollar signs to have the carpet ripped out and replaced. Of course, if you want bright or unique colors and patterns, but still plan to sell in the near future, you could always include a price incentive for the carpeting to be replaced.

Padding

As you can see, a number of factors need to be considered when purchasing carpet. However, the most important decision has to do with the padding beneath the carpeting. Unfortunately, people too often will spend good money on high-quality carpet but choose a cheap pad. The way in which the carpet feels when being walked on will be determined by the padding underneath. Therefore, along with quality carpeting, make sure you have money in the budget for quality padding too.