Carpet is one of the most cost-effective flooring options for your home. In fact, it is 30-50% cheaper than hardwood. It’s also easier to install or replace when compared to tile flooring.

If you’ve decided on buying a carpet for your home, you might be wondering about all the different factors to consider when choosing a carpet. Not to worry! We’ve created this carpet buying guide to aid you in your decision.

Want to learn more? Read on to learn about carpets and what to consider when buying a carpet.

Carpet Flooring Making a Comeback

Carpet flooring has made a comeback. More people are opting to install carpet in their homes. In fact, in the UK, carpeting makes up 57% of all flooring sales.

What’s more, today’s carpeting is more stain resistant and durable than before.

Homeowners today are choosing carpet because it’s softer and cosier than other floor options. There’s nothing like coming home, taking off your shoes, and allowing your feet to sink into luxurious, soft carpet fibres.

Another reason to choose a carpet–it’s more affordable. The cost of carpet is 30-50% cheaper than hardwood.

What Factors Contribute to Carpet Quality?

Figuring out carpet quality may not be as simple as you think.

There are several factors that contribute to overall carpet quality. When shopping for a carpet, these are the attributes to consider.

Face Weight

The face weight of carpet is the carpet pile weight of each square yard.

Many shoppers believe that carpet weight is the best indicator of quality for carpets. However, a heavier face weight does not necessarily mean a better quality carpet.

Instead, you should focus on all the attributes of a carpet to figure out the overall quality.

Fibre Type

The carpet fibre is the material of the carpet strands. Carpet fibres come in two categories: synthetic and natural.

Synthetic Fibres

Synthetic fibres consist of man-made materials. Most of the carpets today have synthetic fibres. The most common synthetic materials that make up carpeting are polyester, nylon, and olefin.

Natural Fibres

You can find natural materials such as cotton or wool in nature. The most common natural fibre in carpets is wool. It’s one of the only natural fibres used in wall to wall carpets.

However, other natural fibres such as jute, sisal, silk, and cotton make up materials for rugs.

Carpet Density

Carpet density is the calculation of how tightly the carpet fibres are stitched together. When you compare carpet types, if they have other similar attributes, then carpet density means higher durability.

Texture

There are three common carpet textures: pile, loop, and cut-loop.

Cut Pile

Cut pile is when the carpet fibres are cut at the end. This gives the carpet a comfy feel and is great for areas like the bedroom and family rooms.

The 5 cut pile styles are:

  • Saxony
  • Frieze
  • Shag
  • Cable
  • Velvet

Loop

Loop carpet has uncut yarns. This carpet texture is best for areas of high traffic.

Cut-Loop

Cut-loop carpet has both cut yarns and uncut yarns. This type of carpet is not as durable as loop style.

Additional Tips for Your Carpet Buying Guide

Here are a few other things to consider when shopping for a carpet.

Underlay Is Important

Don’t skip the underlay to save on money. If anything, consider underlay an investment. Underlay absorbs the impact of your feet and protects your carpet from wear and tear.

Underlay also provides an even foundation for the carpet to rest on. Uneven subflooring can result in uneven carpeting. It also helps reduce sound and makes your flooring more energy efficient.

If you’re upgrading carpet and there is old underlay, you should replace it with new underlay.

Even the best quality carpets will not look smooth without proper underlay. In fact, your carpet quality depends on your underlay quality. A carpet that is low quality will last longer with a good quality underlay.

Consider the Best Carpet for Your Lifestyle

Be realistic about your lifestyle when choosing a carpet. You may want the most luxurious carpet in an offwhite colour, but if you have small children or pets in your home, it won’t be long until it becomes stained or ruined.

Instead, if you have young children or a large family, you should choose a carpet style that is more durable. You can also choose different carpet style and texture for different areas of the house.

And unless you want to be scrubbing every stain, you might want to choose a colour that can hide stains.

Have It Professionally Installed

Even if you’re handy at home, it’s better to have your carpet professional installed, especially for complicated areas like stairs.

There is nothing worse than spending a lot of money on carpet, installing it yourself, and having it look off or uneven. Also, many carpet warranties are only valid if a professional installs the carpet.

Understand the Warranty

Another thing to consider is the warranty when you purchase a carpet. You should go through the warranty and see what it covers.

Choosing a Colour

When choosing a carpet colour, take a look at your home and see what style you’d like to evoke.

Neutral, light colours can open up a room and create a peaceful feeling. Darker colours are better at hiding stains, however, they will show more particles and will need frequent vacuuming.

Be sure to look at different carpet swatch samples and take them home to compare with the colour of your wall and furniture.

Learn More About Choosing a Carpet

Now that you’ve gone through this carpet buying guide, we hope you have a better understanding of how to buy a carpet.

For more questions about what type of carpet to choose, contact us.