Carpet Buying Steps
By ESQFARQ 18 years as a Professional Installer/Business Owner
Step 1: Pick the Type of Fibre
To find the carpet style that fits your home, think about the way you live and the overall feel you want your home to have.
Consider the room you want to carpet and how your family uses that room.
Please see the Choosing Carpet section.
Step 2: Choose Quality Construction
How long a carpet stays beautiful depends on how well it is made. Simply stated, better made carpet will last longer.
The twist and density of the fibres affect carpet durability, appearance and price.
Twisting gives fibre strands the strength to stand up to crushing and cleaning. Thick fibre with a tight twist is a sign of high quality carpet.
Density is how tightly the twisted fibres are packed together. The denser the carpet, the better the durability.
Ask one of our sales people to help you compare. Until then, here is some terminology you should be aware of please see the Choosing Carpet section:
Plush - this cut pile carpet is made from straight, untwisted yarn. The cut ends blend together to form a smooth, level surface. This luxurious carpet is suited for formal settings, because it shows all the footprints and vacuum marks.
Frieze - this cut pile carpet is suitable for high traffic areas. The highly twisted yarn tufts curl at the carpet surface, hiding footprints.
Saxony - this dense, cut pile carpet is made with the yarn tufts packed closely together to form a smooth surface. This is a more versatile carpet, and is used in less formal settings. Saxony carpets will show footprints.
Texture - a cut pile carpet made with twisted yarn tufts, creating a surface that masks footprints.
Cut and loop - in this style of carpet, cut and uncut yarn loops are combined. The cut yarn loops are higher then the uncut loop, creating a sculptured pattern on the surface of the carpet.
Level loop - this loop pile carpet consists of loops of equal height. This creates a tight pebbly surface that keeps soil on the surface for easy cleaning. Also available in multi-level.
Step 3: Stain Resistance
Again, consider how you live in each room.
If you have kids, pets, high traffic areas or entertain a lot, you will want to choose a carpet with good stain resistance. But that won’t limit your choice of carpet styles and colours.
Step 4: Select the Colour and Style
Think of your floor as the fifth wall that connects all other design elements in the room.
Consider the walls, window treatments and other furnishings when choosing a colour scheme.
A room that lacks natural light can be warmed by sunny, bright yellows, orange and reds.
Cool colours such as blues and greens can add a serene feeling to a bright room.
Vibrant lively colours are good for family rooms or kitchens.
More formal rooms are flattered by elegant palettes of pastel.
Step 5: Figure the Total Investment
Include the following, if applicable:
Square metres – To calculate your flooring requirements multiply the number of metres in the length of the room by the number of metres in the width; this will give you your approx. square metre flooring requirements.
It should be noted that carpet is manufactured in ‘lineal metres’ and in some instances an allowance of up to 10% may need to be added to your calculated flooring requirements.
To calculate the cost of your flooring requirements multiply the square metres by the quoted square metre price.
Carpet cushion – a dense, resilient cushion keeps your carpet looking newer longer.
We recommend a range of top quality underlays some may be a little bit more expensive than others but a lot more comfortable and will add years to the life of the carpet.
Carpet Buying Guide
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22 October 2009
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