Homeowners and condo owners who are contemplating replacing or updating their flooring have so many decisions to make. Not only do they not have all the answers, they really do not have all the questions. If the decision has been made to select new carpet floors, the buyer needs to let their professional sales person know that the home is being redecorated for re-sale or because the current carpet is old and needs replaced. How long the current owner plans to live in the house can be a determining factor on what type of carpeting is used.
If the home is being spruced up for resale a seller always wants to use a neutral color and texture. You want a prospective buyer to be able to picture her own furniture and colors in each room. Using anything other than neutral color carpet can confuse a buyer. The current owner may select a light blue and the buyer dislikes blue. It can make or break a sale.
When a homeowner plans to remain in the home for eight or more years, then there is true freedom of choice. The color, fiber, density and texture can all be more personal taste. It is also a good idea to tell your carpeting professional about any pets, small children, allergies or high-traffic areas because all of these can affect the choice that is made.
Dog and cat owners may select stain-resistant carpet flooring that is easy to clean. Those with small children, household members with disabilities or a large number of people entering and exiting every day may choose a low-pile, high-density carpet. Both of these choices come in a host of colors that will please any taste and decorating style.
Carpet flooring comes in natural fibers as well as man-made fibers. Each has its own set of benefits. Wool carpets fall into the expensive range; however, wool carpeting proves the old adage that you get what you pay for. Wool options look expensive, rich. They resist soils because the fibers are tightly packed together and this makes a wool carpet stain resistant.
Of all the carpet fibers, nylon is the most popular for a host of reasons. It is very affordable. Since it is the strongest of all carpet flooring, it is durable and lasts a long period of time. It is well-suited for high-traffic areas and is generally hypoallergenic. If there is a drawback it is that this carpeting can build static electricity – you know, the kind where you slide your feel along the carpet and touch the first person you see. Sparks fly and their hair stands on end.
Everyone is familiar with polyester. And it is one of the man-made fabrics used for carpeting. While it does not last quite as long as nylon, it resists stains just as well. In the positive corner it repels moisture, moths and mildew. It is non-allergenic. On the negative side it can be susceptible to shedding and piling – not always, just sometimes.
Ask your carpeting professional about the other man-made fibers that are available. Once you know your square foot and budget, you will be able to make an attractive decision that meets or exceeds your expectations.