A homeowner who is looking for an easy and relatively affordable makeover when it comes to home flooring can consider carpet and its benefits. Carpet is easier to install compared to hardwood, tile or vinyl floors; and can also effectively and discreetly cover any floor imperfections or damage from normal wear and tear.
Carpets also give any area a sense of welcoming comfort and warmth, both in the literal and figurative sense. Carpets in particular add to the home’s insulation, so those who live in regions with long, bitter winter seasons can benefit from the additional heat and savings on energy costs. Carpets also absorb sound, giving you added privacy and keeping out noises from the neighbours as well.
With carpet the selection can be overwhelming if you do not know what you are looking for.
Some reminders to keep in mind are:
Quality – The materials used and the durability of the product should be tested out before making a final purchase. The padding should be made of foam or rubber materials; this padding acts as the foundation of the carpet, supporting it and preventing the fibers from coming apart easily
Styles – Designs and styles of carpets are quite plentiful, and you are sure to find one that best suits your home’s size, your usual activities, and other variables such as lighting and climate. Plush carpets, for example, are thicker, softer, and better suited for low-traffic areas of your home such as bedrooms, while more durable and flat carpet styles such as Berber carpeting would work best for hallways and other more-frequented areas.
Cost-Effective – More expensive carpets do not always mean they are also more durable in the long run; but at the same time, you do not want to sacrifice quality for a lower price. Wool carpets, for example, are generally the most expensive but also more durable, so they tend to last longer and thus lower costs in the long run. When purchasing, ask the retailer for lifetime replacement warranties or maintenance policies that can be good investments for your carpet.