Find The Best Carpet For You
Buying new carpet can feel overwhelming because there are so many choices and decisions to be made. Take your time, learn the basic aspects of the various types of carpeting, and then let the experts at Davis Floor Covering make the task of deciding manageable – enabling you to select a carpet that you’ll be happy with for years to come.
Step 1: The Types of Fibers
Do learn about the fiber types and figure out which one would work best for you. Not all carpet fibers are created equal; for example, there are natural fibers, such as wool, and synthetic fibers, which are more commonly used in wall-to-wall carpet. Understand the characteristics of each fiber type so that when you go shopping, you can almost immediately narrow down your selection. TheSpruce.com offers a great overview in this article, “Understanding Carpet Fiber and Pile Cuts.”
Don’t assume that one fiber is always better than another. Each fiber type has its strengths, but the other components of the carpet have an equally big impact on how the carpet will perform. Check out this comparison of synthetic vs. natural fibers used in carpeting.
Step 2: Warranties & Ratings
Do learn about the manufacturer’s ratings and warranties. Carpet is typically a big investment for most people, so make sure that you’re buying a product that is covered for your particular situation. For example, many warranties don’t cover stairs, so if you are buying carpeting for your stairs, look for a warranty that includes stairs.
Even if you never plan to use them, the warranties demonstrate the faith that the manufacturer has in its product. If a warranty doesn’t provide long or comprehensive coverage, then that is a good indication the manufacturer doesn’t expect the carpet to stand up well for a long period of time.
Step 3: Determining Quality
Do learn how to tell the quality of a carpet. You don’t have to become an expert on the subject, but if you have an overall sense of the various factors that contribute to a carpet’s quality and how well it will perform, then you can avoid choosing the wrong carpet.
Don’t pay too much attention to the face weight—the weight of the carpet pile (so the backing isn’t included) per square yard, measured in ounces. Unfortunately, too many salespeople use the face weight as an important selling feature and have led customers to believe that a higher face weight equals a better carpet. This is not always the case, and buying a carpet based on its face weight alone can result in buying a carpet that does not meet your needs.
Step 4: Selecting a Style & Color
Do decide on a style that works for you. While there are hundreds of carpets available, they can all be narrowed down into one of only a few style categories. Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of each carpet style, so that you’ll know whether it will work in your home.
Don’t base your decision solely on appearance. Choosing a carpet without considering the details of its construction could mean that the carpet won’t look the same in a few years’ time, due to poor performance or staining and soiling.
Do take samples home! The color of the carpet will appear different under various lighting conditions, so the way it looks at the store may not be how it will look in your home. Ask the salesperson for a sample of the carpet that you can borrow, even if it is just a small piece.
See Samples & Get a Free Quote
Davis Floor Covering has hundreds of samples of many types and brands of vinyl flooring in our Fort Smith showroom at 3401 S. 79th St. (behind Vic’s Tires Goodyear on Rogers Avenue). Stop by anytime, or contact us now for more information and a free quote!