Looking to buy a carpet but don’t know where to start? It pays to take a moment and do a little research before actually making that decision. After all, investing in carpet flooring can be a considerable investment, not to mention the fact that you will be coexisting with your carpet choice for quite some time.
So what do you look for in a carpet? Ultimately, it all depends on your particular needs, as determined by your lifestyle. Do you live alone? Do you have kids and pets? Do you have sufficient time for regular cleaning? Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when you are going out shopping for a new carpet:
Carpets made from human-made carpet fibers like polypropylene and polyamide or nylon carpets are more naturally stain resistant, hardy and durable, and comparatively easier to clean compared to the more natural carpets. Of course, carpets made from natural fibers like wool and sisal offer their perks: natural materials, softer textures, and with proper maintenance, they can last for years. Natural carpet fibers may, however, be a tad more sensitive to chemical-based carpet cleaners than their human-made counterparts.
- Carpet Style
Another difference between carpets lies in the style in which the fibers are arranged. These may include:
- Loop Pile
The carpet fiber style can go a long way in determining the comfort and insulation level provided by your carpet.
- Design Type
Lastly, but surely not the least, we choose our carpets based on the color scheme or design we are attempting to achieve, from plain to print to striped, there are a variety of designs and colors to choose from.