Goes Into the Selection Process?
You have to think about more than
your decorating scheme when selecting the right carpeting for your home.
Step Look at location and use.
Where the carpet is going in your
home has a lot to do with which one you should choose. Ask yourself some questions
before you buy:
Is this a high or low traffic area? If the area is a high traffic area, you will
want to choose a high quality carpet that will withstand the traffic demands.
A denser carpet will suit your needs better. A lighter traffic flow gives you
2. Which room is the carpeting going in? If you are selecting
carpet for a family room where lots of activities will occur, you will want to
lean high-end. You need durability and stain-resistant features. Look for a performance
rating of 4 or 5 (see the section
on performance ratings at the end of this mini-course). If, however, you are
planning this section of carpeting for a little used room (or one that won't see
a lot of children or pets), you can be a little more flexible and consider color
and texture a little more.
3. Will it be throughout the house and be a
unifying element? If you are planning on using the same carpeting throughout the
home, you have a harder job. You need to find a performance grade that will withstand
various traffic levels and still fit into your entire decorating scheme. With
this type of carpeting, you need to remember that your flooring will be a continuous
theme throughout the home. It will serve as a transition from one room to another
as the unifying element. Be sure to coordinate it with your walls, window treatments
and furniture in each room.
4. Is there direct access outside? If there
is, plan on lots of stain-resistant qualities. Access outside will mean moisture,
mud, dirt, pollen, and a variety of other elements being tracked into your home
and onto this section of your carpet. You need to be prepared to stop the stains.
5. Is there a lot of direct sunlight where it will be? Direct sunlight
can fade many carpets. Be sure to look for one that can tolerate direct exposure.
You may also want to stick to lighter colors that won't fade as much.
Do you have pets? In this case, you need to consider not only the color of your
carpeting, but the color of your pet. Does he or she shed a lot? You may want
to find a color and texture that will diminish the shaggy look of your carpeting
between vacuum sessions. You also have to consider your pet's habits. If you have
a cat that likes to claw, you may want to avoid anything that remotely looks like
a scratching post (i.e. berber or large loop varieties).
7. How long will
you be in the home? Are you planning to remodel anytime soon? As always, how long
you plan on staying in the home should determine the quality. If you are not planning
on moving, spend the extra money to get top-of-the-line carpet that will last
10 or more years. If you are re-carpeting for resale value, you can probably get
by with a lesser carpet that will last 5 years.
Color Does Matter
may not be your first concern, but it does play a significant role.
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