Fac­tors to con­sider when choos­ing car­pet­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPEC HOMES -

When the time comes to choose floor­ing for their homes, home­own­ers may be over­whelmed by the vast ar­ray of op­tions at their dis­posal. The choice be­tween car­pet and hard­wood floor­ing, lam­i­nate or tile is a mat­ter of per­sonal pref­er­ence. Peo­ple have long ex­tolled the virtues of hard­wood floor­ing, but car­pet­ing can be just as stylish and pro­vides a host of other ben­e­fits as well.

Car­pet­ing in­su­lates rooms in the sum­mer and win­ter, adding that ex­tra level of pro­tec­tion against the el­e­ments. Car­pet­ing also ab­sorbs sound in a home. Many ap­pre­ci­ate the warmth and cozy feel­ing of car­pet, es­pe­cially when step­ping out of bed. Car­pet­ing also can in­crease the level of safety at home. Ac­cord­ing to the Car­pet and Rug In­sti­tute, car­pet­ing makes ar­eas of play safer and may also re­duce the sever­ity of an in­jury in the event of a fall.

To­day, there are many dif­fer­ent types of car­pet­ing avail­able. Se­lect­ing the right car­pet­ing for a room comes down to iden­ti­fy­ing the level of traf­fic in a par­tic­u­lar room, the at­tributes home­own­ers would like the car­pet to have and any other needs that fit with their life­styles. The fol­low­ing guide­lines can make car­pet shop­ping a bit eas­ier.

TYPE OF CAR­PET­ING

There are many dif­fer­ent types of car­pet­ing, some of which are best suited to cer­tain sit­u­a­tions. For ex­am­ple, plush and sax­ony car­pets are bet­ter in low-traf­fic ar­eas. These car­pets may show foot­prints and also vac­uum tracks and dirt, but they’re higher on the com­fort spec­trum than other types of car­pet. Ber­ber, which is more flat and dense, helps mask stains and tracks. It is durable in high-traf­fic ar­eas. Tex­tured car­pets like frieze are cut from fibers of dif­fer­ent heights, so they mask stains and are also softer on the feet than ber­ber.

PAD­DING

Pad­ding can im­pact the way car­pet­ing feels and how long it lasts. It isn’t al­ways nec­es­sary to pur­chase the most ex­pen­sive or thick­est pad­ding. How­ever, it is wise to pick a pad that matches the type of car­pet­ing you’re se­lect­ing and one that aligns with how you plan to use the room. You may be able to go with a thin­ner pad in low-traf­fic rooms and be­neath dense car­pet­ing like ber­ber. In high-traf­fic rooms, choose a thicker, more durable pad­ding. Pad­ding pre­vents car­pet back­ing and fibers from com­ing apart over time. It pays to in­vest in a pad­ding that will last as well.

IN­STAL­LA­TION

Se­lect a re­li­able car­pet re­tailer and in­staller for your busi­ness. Com­pe­tent in­stall­ers will lay the car­pet­ing in the cor­rect man­ner so that it will look beau­ti­ful and main­tain its dura­bil­ity for the life of the prod­uct. Shop around to find the right in­staller or even do the work your­self if you feel ca­pa­ble.

Take time when shop­ping for car­pet­ing, which is a sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment that can last for many years if the right ma­te­rial is cho­sen and in­stalled cor­rectly. (MC)

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