Carpet Buying Guide

Tips For First-Time Carpet Shoppers

Shopping for new carpet shouldn’t be overwhelming. To ease the buying process, consider your budget, when you need the carpet and how long you want the carpet to last. Below are other factors to take into account when buying carpet. There are many other types of flooring but carpet installation is just the beginning.

Carpet Fibres

Fibre is the carpet material itself. Carpet fibres are made from synthetic materials like nylon or natural materials like wool. Each material has unique qualities and characteristics.

Nylon is resilient, non-allergenic, soil and mildew-resistant, and easy to clean and maintain. It’s suitable for heavy traffic areas but prone to static and may pill. Olefin or polypropylene is suited to basements and outdoor spaces due to its resistance to mildew and water damage. It’s also used indoors for its durability, wool-like feel and appearance and low-maintenance quality.

Polyester offers a wide selection of colours and textures and isn’t susceptible to shedding and pilling. While it’s not as durable as nylon, it cleans easily, sheds moisture and resists moths. Triexta is durable, stain resistant and a good carpet option for households with kids. Manufactured primarily for commercial use, acrylic offers excellent cleanability and resistance to soil, static and mildew.

Carpet Construction

Berber or loop carpet is made from wool or nylon. It’s stain resistant and denser than most other carpets but isn’t ideal for homes with pets. Shag or frieze carpet is suited to busy areas and often used for commercial purposes. Plush carpet gives a smooth and elegant surface that works best in formal settings. Though soft, it can show footprints, seams and vacuum marks.

Textured carpet has a soft feel, gives a casual look and resists soil. It’s an excellent choice for family rooms and the most popular carpet option. For more colours, textures and patterns, opt for a patterned carpet – a combination of cut and loop pile.

Carpet Padding

This insulation layer isn’t visible but is critical to carpet installation. The right padding insulates from cold, cushions the foot and extends the carpet’s life. Thicker is cosy but not always better due to high maintenance and less durability. For those whose steps are unstable at times, a less cushiony floor is preferable.

Glue-down or peel-and-stick tiles are a good do-it-yourself carpeting option. The adhesive system eliminates curling and keeps the carpet intact. No need to buy separate carpet padding since carpet tiles are all-in-one.

Carpet Installation

Buying new carpet is one thing, installing it is another. Proper installation entails measuring the room to be carpeted, cleaning its floor and laying the padding. Different types of carpet have different installation methods. Having your carpet installed by expert carpet layers is better than paying a handyman or doing it yourself. Professional carpet installers do the job right for the best look and performance for years.

Caring for Carpet

Proper care keeps the carpet clean and extends its life. Vacuum often, close curtains during peak daylight hours to prevent fading and rearrange furniture to avoid traffic paths. Treatments for carpet and yearly professional cleaning are supplemental to the resistance and durability of carpet fibres.