A Guide To Carpet Buying

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Follow Our Carpet Buying Guide And Keep Your Sanity!

Carpet buying has plenty of options and plenty of price ranges to offer. In fact it can be a bit overwhelming at first. If you follow our carpet buying guide you'll have your home looking great in no time and still keep your sanity.

First you need to consider the style of rugs that are available and which room or rooms you want to put them in. Are your rooms traditional, modern, or are they rooms that are filled with antiques? If your room is filled with beautiful antiques you will want to consider an Oriental or Persian style rug. If your room is traditional or modern you may want to choose a braided style of rug.

One of main factors in choosing a rug are the colors in and around the area that the rug will be placed. Color directly affects the feeling in the room. The lighter the color the more spacious the room will feel. The darker the color the smaller and more intimate the room will feel.

Most carpets are more economical to maintain than smooth flooring is. Carpets also have some acoustical values because they absorb sounds and therefore improve the environment in your home or office. We live in an age of noise pollution caused by vehicles and heavy machinery an other equipment like phones, computers, faxes, air conditioning so carpet acoustic values can play an important role in you choice of floor coverings.

The price of a carpet is determined by the type of the pile which is related to the height, whether it is looped of cut, and the method of installation required. The higher the quality of carpet the better the energy benefits which provide insulation properties which make your room feel warm and cozy.

Unlike hardwood floors or linoleum which can be slippery, your carpets provides both anti slip

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properties and shock absorption. Low pile carpeting provides a good surface for wheel chairs. They are also a good choice for people using canes or crutches because they can be firmly planted on the carpets and they will provide a non slip surface.

The appearance, the colors and the aesthetics of the carpet is what will appeals to most people. There is a huge variety of colors, patterns, designs, and shapes to choose from. What style you choose will depend a great deal on the size of the room and the room's decor. You may want the carpet to make a statement or simply blend into the room. That's entirely up to you but remember nothing destroys the look of a room faster than a loud brash carpet that looks out of place.

The durability is very important for the look of the carpet. How much abuse will the carpet take before it begins to look worn and needs to be replaced. Will it retard stains, resist soiling ,and can it resist mildew. Are the colors fast and is the carpet flame resistant. Be sure to ask the sales person these questions when you are shopping for your new carpet.

Cost is also a consideration. Find out what your carpet is going to cost and be sure you get your quote in writing. Will you need under lay or under padding for the carpet? How well will it match up at a seam? If it won't you will need to allow extra for the seams. Find out what will your installed cost will be including the sub floor preparation and installed the underpad. Find out if the installer will remove and take away the old carpet or linoleum when he is finished as well as clean up all the left over bits and pieces.

Learn about the extra treatments that are available for reducing moisture or alkalinity and find out their cost. Find out what the expenses of maintenance will be and what it would cost if


your carpet was damaged and you needed repairs.

Some of the other things you should think about is how long the carpet you choose will be in style. Also remember that over a few years the die lots can change and you will not be able to match the colors of the old carpet to the new. So if you are thinking about doing other rooms later on with the same carpet it is better to do it all at once. Plus you can often get a better price this way.

Shop around at all the local dealers to see if their price is lower or higher and to compare services. You can also get a better feel for their customer service when you visit their location. Be aware if the price of the carpet is really low compared to the other dealer that all things may not be equal so dig deeper. The carpet may look the same but it's quality may not be as good. You may find the carpet is the same but there are hidden extras such as travel time dumping fees and labor costs to remove the old carpet. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

Only deal with a carpet company that has been around for a while. Those truck loads of carpeting you see in the parking lots will surely be a disappointment to you in one way or another. Remember you will get what you pay for.


John Murray makes it easy to go through the carpet buying process and provides tips to keep your carpet lasting long. To learn more and receive your free mini-course visit the carpet rugs website

About the author:

John Murray is an award winning interior designer, self taught know-it-all and author. He makes the carpet buying process simple and provides all the tricks and tips to keep your carpets lasting longer, quickly & easily.

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