Choosing new carpet for your home in Birmingham can be completely overwhelming. With so many different colors, materials, and designs available, not to mention the expense, it is no wonder the decision is so hard. Carpeting provides a comfort and warmth to your home that no other flooring can, but choosing the wrong carpet could result in more frequent cleanings, may fade more quickly, or show more signs of stains than others. To make sure you get the most for your money, and the right fit for your home, here are some tips to help you choose the best carpeting for you.
Pick A Quality Padding
While it is important to try to save money on your carpet investment, the one thing you do not want to skimp on is the carpet padding. Carpet relies on the padding layer for support, strength, and cushioning. It is the foundation of your flooring, and even the most expensive carpet can wear faster or be uncomfortable without a good padding underneath. It is hard to put money into padding since it can’t be seen, but it will make or break your carpet. Carpet padding can be made from rubber or foam materials, and can also help conceal imperfections in the subfloor. Padding also acts as insulation for temperature and sound absorption, but, most important, it supports your carpet through years of use, wear, and tear since it prevents carpet backing and fibers from coming apart. A good foundation is the basis for everything, so make sure your carpet has a good foundation with a good carpet padding.
Pick A Style That Fits Your Life
Carpets come in many different styles from plush, Saxony, Berber, to textured and frieze. These terms all apply to the pile of the carpet, or the surface you see , created from tufts that are cut straight across or folded into loops. While each style is distinctive in appearance, that should not be the main basis for choosing a carpet. These different styles will mesh differently with your lifestyle, for example plush carpets are soft and inviting because they are made from tightly twisted piles, but it also shows footprints and vacuum tracks more than other types. In highly trafficked areas, plush carpet may not be the best choice. Plush and Saxony type carpets work best in bedrooms or formal living rooms where foot traffic is low. In contrast, Berber carpeting is made from continuous fiber loops, making it dense and flat so it does not show tracks. These attributes make this carpet type more durable and perfect for high traffic areas that are more exposed to soil and stains. Textured and frieze types are also good for more trafficked areas because they hide tracks and dirt, but still feel soft. So before you base your decision solely on looks, consider the use the carpeted area will get and make sure it will work with your lifestyle.
Pick Carpet That Is In Your Budget
Quality does not always have to mean more money. Even the most luxurious carpet does not have to cost a fortune. It is important to shop around to make sure that you find the right carpet for your home, with the right look, and the right price. Ask for separate pricing for materials and installation so you can get an accurate comparison among different suppliers, and then make the most of any budget by choosing the best carpet for each room. You should also consider lifetime replacement, maintenance, and warranty costs.
At Chet’s Cleaning, we know what a big decision and investment new carpet is in your Birmingham home. No matter what you decide on, Chet’s is here to make the most of your investment and keep your carpets clean and looking their best with our professional carpet cleaning services.