PURCHASING CARPET & COMMON FAILS TO AVOID
People don’t typically spend much time thinking about all the ins and outs of installing new carpeting. Truth be told, many homeowners preventable mistakes when purchasing carpet.
I felt it would be advantageous to collaborate a list of mistakes you can avoid to make sure that you’re entirely happy with the carpeting you invest in. Planning ahead is the most important step you can take to prevent inconvenience (and unnecessary expenses) down the line.
Best Practice Tips for Buying Carpet
You need to think about your lifestyle and what type of carpeting will best suit your home
If you have small children or pets, you’re going to need to make sure to install the carpet in an area that is not prone to spills or stains, or else you’ll be dealing with expensive cleaning bills. That’s why it might also be a good idea to pick a carpet that is close in color to the fur or hair of your pets, which will reduce the appearance of any trapped pet hair.
If you’re a younger couple, you’ll want to invest in a carpet that can withstand lots of wear, but if you won’t be getting as much traffic, a loop pile or looser combination cut can be a great option for you. You’ll also need to take into account that some of your family members might have dust allergies because certain carpet styles retain more dust and dirt than others.
If your home is located in a warm and sunny climate, it’s important to invest in carpet whose fibers are more resistant to fading, and you might want to consider installing in rooms that have fewer windows. Conversely, if you love in a more rainy area, it will be a good idea to invest in some kind of synthetic fibers that are more resistant to the formation of mildew and mold without requiring constant cleaning.
Don’t try to install it yourself
You might think this is less expensive than hiring a professional carpeting or flooring contractor, but the fact is that you’ll need to purchase plenty of tools in order to do it yourself. You’ll also probably need to beg a few friends to give up some of their time if they can, because chances are you won’t be able to do it all alone.
While installing carpet can seem simple, it is not. There are many tricks-of-the-trade which are only mastered with experience.
If you’re not an expert, you risk the danger of not laying the carpet down correctly. Even a tiny budge off-center will result in bumps, exposed old flooring, fraying, and other mistakes. New carpeting is an investment that should be approached wisely if you want to be happy with the end result.
The carpet underlay is as important as the carpet itself.
You might be inclined to cut a few corners when it comes to selecting the right underlay for your carpet, but the truth is that a poor underlay can drastically decrease the lifespan of your carpet, even if it doesn’t seem likely.
Carpet underlay is designed to help the carpet absorb the pressure of footsteps, furniture, and other wear and tear, reducing the impact of your carpet grinding against the ground. Investing in a strong underlay will save you money down the line. Poor-quality underlay will cause the carpet to wear out in a shorter period of time, requiring maintenance and expensive replacements.
Don’t think you can get away with not doing your research on different carpet types
Don’t assume that all carpets are exactly the same! Even if you’re not a flooring expert or carpet aficionado doesn’t give you an excuse not to do some research on the different types of carpeting out there. Depending on what kind of surface you’re planning to cover – such as stairs versus a flat floor – it might require a thicker, more durable type of fiber. Luckily, in the age of the Internet, it’s not too hard to look up different kinds of carpeting yourself.
Be aware of common carpeting scams
If a certain price or advertisement seems too good to be true, it probably is! That’s why doing your research is so important. Compare different prices and understand that even a price per square foot might look good, you’ll have to take into the account the cost of padding, installation, even insurance or a warranty.
Some other common scams include contractors preying on inexperienced buyers. For instance, while a free installation might sound good, you’ll want to be on the lookout for other hidden fees; on the flip side, you’ll have to be sure that you’re not being overcharged for labor and materials. That’s why it’s a good idea to take samples home from hardware stores or carpet retailers take them to different retailers to compare.
Be sure to ask plenty of questions!
While you’re at it, do plenty of research before picking a contractor
Carpet that is not installed correctly can wear out much quicker than intended! Hiring the right contractor is just as important, if not more, than purchasing the right type of carpet. Be sure to ask for a gallery or portfolio, and don’t be afraid to check your carpet installer’s references of their previous clients. Another good idea is to look up the carpet contractor requirements that your state has set, and verify them with the contractor yourself. You’ll know that you’re buying from a reputable and reliable installer if they come prepared, so don’t be scared to do a lot of research.
There are other buyer beware tips that you can look up, such as carpet retailers trying to tell you that certain materials are more durable than others. That’s why it’s important to take a good hard look at your lifestyle, budget, and of course, at the different types of carpeting available to you before you commit to anything. Just understand that doing a lot of work before the carpet is installed will prevent plenty of inconvenience and heartache down the line. It might seem tiring, but it’s important to just get it over with. Even a high-quality carpet can let you down if it’s not installed correctly or doesn’t have the right underlay. Good luck with your carpet installation adventure!