Flooring may not be something you buy often, but it is the biggest investment you’ll probably make for your home. There’s a good reason why carpet is so popular, what with all the different styles, colors, patterns, and designs.
Our pros tell us that sales are through the roof, but so you have something that will make you dance with glee for a long time, here are some basic questions to ask:
1. What should I look for in a carpet store?
They shouldn’t just be places where you buy a product. You want staff that is knowledgeable about both the product and home design.
They should be able to tell you how to take care of the carpet, what to expect, how to prepare for installation, what to do in an emergency (such as a flood), how to best coordinate with your home’s style and more.
2. I know what I want, but I can’t find the product I want at your facility. What should I do?
That’s an easy one; it might be that it’s in our warehouse and not on the floor. Or, we can order it for you.
3. Should I have the same soft surface throughout my house?
No, every room will have different concerns; for instance, a plush, high fiber pile may be best for the bedroom but not for the stairs where the rug needs to be thin with a low pile.
Bedrooms have much lower traffic than stairs where people go up and down many times a day. The concern for stairs is both durability and safety and, since it needs to wrap around treads and through railings, you want something that provides a good, solid foundation where you won’t slide. Also, low piles tend to be a little more durable than high ones.
4. Does thicker mean better quality?
No. What determines quality is density, how closely the fibers are tufted together. Check for yourself by bending a sample card; if you see a lot of white space, the fibers are far from each other and that means lower quality?
5. Do I really need padding?
Yes! Don’t skimp on this. You can’t see it, but it protects the carpet and keeps the installation free from wrinkles and rolls.
To learn more, come into the Carpet Giant showroom in Houston.