Carpet: Choice is Everything

Carpet: Choice is Everything

If you are in the market for new carpet, FloorTrader, the experts in flooring of all kinds, is just off the highway in Meadowdale, Johannesburg. Don’t become overwhelmed or anxious in trying to make the right choice of carpet, come to us first.

Buying a carpet is a big investment and the best way to protect this investment is to choose wisely and with the help of professionals. Do a bit of research and ask questions before you make your choice. Some carpet materials may need to be cleaned frequently (would this fit into your busy schedule?), some are very expensive, and there are some which could contribute to allergies, for example, if you don’t know what you are buying. The wrong carpet can wear out quickly, show stains or even fade.

Unfortunately, many homeowners choose the wrong grade of carpet or padding too and this is a very costly mistake. The grade of carpet is what is going to provide you with durability and performance in a carpet. In order to make the right choice, it is good to know a little about the construction of carpet and about the different carpet fibres.

The qualities you should be looking for in carpet fibre – whether it be nylon, olefin, polyester or wool – ideally must be abrasion-resistant, mildew-resistant, low in moisture absorbency, low static, colourfast, quick drying, and fade-resistant. Nylon, for example, is the best wearing and most durable carpet fibre. It loves heavy foot traffic, resists abrasion, and is easy to clean. Let’s just say it is top of the “pile” when it comes to synthetic fibres.

As there are so many carpet types and styles available today, there are also many different types of carpet padding. It is important to learn a bit about carpet padding (thicker is not necessarily better) if you want to love your carpet for many years to come. Basically, if you want you carpet to last 20 years, ensure your installer is putting in padding that will also last 20 years!

Here are our 4 top tips for carpet buying:

  1. Get expert advice on the choice of carpet to make sure it suits your needs. Remember there is a FloorTrader in the Johannesburg area.
  2. Padding is very important. Don’t take short-cuts here. Your carpet relies on padding like a building does on its foundation, so make sure you are getting the best advice here too.
  3. Don’t overspend and end up regretting it. You can find what you are looking for within your budget and can even stretch your budget by choosing what carpet will suit each room best. A guest room, for example, could be perfect for a low-traffic more affordable carpet and then spend a bit more on a stain-resistant option for the busy family room.
  4. Be picky about who you buy from. A quality carpet business will be able to offer you a large variety of carpets in different fibres. Staff should know their stuff and easily answer any questions you have. Check out who does their installations and remember to always ask about workmanship warrantees.