Do you have children? Pets? Which of your rooms get a lot of traffic and everyday use? Remodeling is an investment, and you want to spend your time and money wisely. Taking the time to answer these questions will help you narrow your search and select the ideal flooring for each area of your home.
On the surface, many carpets and floor coverings look the same, but the range in quality is actually quite large. Investing in a product that is easy to maintain, retains its appearance, and withstands the demands of a busy household is often a much better value in the long term compared to a cheaper alternative that will need to be replaced quickly.
The easiest way to assess your needs is to answer a few questions about your expectations. Write down the rooms you want to redecorate, the amount of traffic they experience, their approximate size, and how much light they get.
- Is this room used primarily for fashion, function, or both?
- Are you mainly concerned about how it will look and feel as you would in a formal dining room, or do you want a bonus room that stands up to pets, children, and countless indoor games?
Carpet Performance can be measured by these criteria:
- Abrasion Resistance
- Texture Retention
- Soil Repellency
- Stain Repellency
- Ease of Cleaning
- Fade Resistance
- Luxurious Look
- Soft Hand and Feel
These are some of the basic types of fibers used in the carpet industry:
Synthetics (Nylon, Polyester, Polypropylene) and Naturals (Wool, Sea grass, Sisal and Jute).
Because no untreated fiber stands out as superior to the others in ALL levels of performance, carpet manufacturers have created various carpet treatments to improve each fiber's weak points and increase strengths.
Carpet manufacturers use every combination of fiber type and fiber treatment to achieve different levels of performance for different applications and to produce products for varying budgets and price point categories.
Households with young children, pets, and foot traffic tracking in and out will want a carpet that is stain and soil resistant. For example, every STAINMASTER® carpet is made from 100% premium nylon type 6,6 fiber with stain and soil protection not found in other carpets.
Learn more about various types of carpet and styles in our Flooring Terms Glossary.
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