6 Considerations to Take Into Account Before Carpeting Your New Home
There are all sorts of flooring choices — carpet, hardwood, linoleum, tile, etc. However, many people prefer carpet for its warmth and comfort. Are you looking to replace the carpet in your home? Take a look at these six things to take into account before buying.
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The first thing you should think about when buying carpet for your home is your budget. Carpet is expensive and can easily cost upwards of $5,000, assuming you're placing carpet in your entire home. However, there is a big variance in price from one carpet to another. This is something you’ll need to remember when looking at TX new homes. If the house you want doesn’t have carpet, you’ll have to budget for it.
One of the most important considerations to take into account when buying carpet is the color. Most people prefer a neutral color, such as beige, tan, or brown. This is because carpet is something that remains in your house for a long time, and it's easier to decorate around a neutral color. Of course, a more brightly colored carpet can really make an otherwise boring room look great. The choice is up to you. Most flooring companies have sample books you can borrow for a day or two to see which carpet will look best in your home.
Comfort should be a consideration when looking to replace the carpet in your home, because you don’t just look at carpet, you feel it. For instance, if you walk around your house barefoot, the comfort of your carpet is a lot more important than if you always wear shoes. Likewise, kids prefer softer carpet because they spend a lot of time playing on the ground. Choose something that will work for your family to provide the comfort level you need.
Consider the texture of your carpet because it affects both your comfort and the look of a room. All carpet is created the same way — yarn or threads are woven into a backing material through a looping method. Then, the carpet is cut into different patterns. There are three main types of carpet patterns, and each produces a different texture.
- Cut-pile: The loops on this type of carpet are cut at the top, which produces a soft and plush texture. It is the most common type of carpet.
- Loop-pile: The loops on this type of carpet are left intact, which produces a more course texture, but better durability.
- Cut-loop-pile: This is the best of both worlds. It incorporates both loops and cuts in the carpet for a soft texture but durable construction.
Durability should be a major factor when choosing carpet for your home. Aim to get carpet that will last for seven to ten years, but longer is better. According to Carter Oosterhouse of HGTV, vacuuming your carpet once a week extends the life of your carpet as much as two years.
Also, consider the area of your home where the carpet will go. If it is in a high-traffic area, it is better to go with loop-pile carpet simply because it holds up better to wear and tear. Kids and pets also take a bigger toll on carpet than adults who are at work most of the day.
Carpet isn’t the most allergen friendly flooring choice, so be careful which carpet you choose if allergies are a problem for your family. Carpet gathers dust and allergens that are difficult to remove, especially pet hair. Closely woven, loop-pile carpet is the best choice if you’re worried about allergies.
Additionally, choose carpet with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). That new carpet smell is not a good thing because the chemicals are bad for you and your kids. The best carpet is VOC free, such as the kind made from repurposed bottle caps.
Keep these six things in mind when you’re shopping for new carpet and you should make a good choice for your family. Remember, carpet salespeople aren’t going to try and make you choose a more expensive carpet, especially if they work on commission. So, go into the decision educated and ready to select a carpet with minimal help.