How to Know if a Carpet is Worth the Splurge

How to Know if a Carpet is Worth the Splurge

By Resse Jones*

If your home is looking slightly worn and dated and you’re planning an extensive remodel, you’d best be prepared for the financial drain on your savings. However, with so many options and styles on the market, how can you determine if your purchase is worth it? To help you out, here are some factors to consider that can help you decide on the best carpet for your home:


Fiber

Wool is generally found in high-quality carpets, according to Good Housekeeping. Because it is a natural fiber, it is also sustainable as well as being resilient, good for insulation, and highly durable. On the other hand, polypropylene is also a common choice, because it’s hardwearing and resistant to stains, but be aware that it’s also flammable. Polyamide (or nylon) can be found in many vibrant hues that are limited in wool, and tend to come with built-in stain-resistant treatments. Lastly, polyester is often used for shag or textured carpets and is a great alternative.


Face Weight

The Spruce defines face weight as “the weight of the carpet pile per square yard of carpet, measured in ounces.” A high value is best understood to determine the quality of a carpet, but a higher face weight does not necessarily correspond to higher durability, because other variables can also influence a carpet’s weight.


Carpet Density

In general, carpet density determines the durability of your carpet. To measure this, it is suggested that you check how quickly the carpet’s pile bounces back as you press your thumb firmly into it. If it springs back quickly and recovers immediately, it is also likely to be denser and more resilient to foot traffic.


Location

A useful tip from Atkinson Common Newbury Port is to keep in mind where your new carpet will be going. For instance, comfort and durability should be your top priorities for the living room and bedroom carpets. Also, you might want to stay away from fringed carpets for areas like the kid’s playroom or anywhere that needs constant vacuuming.


Samples

It’s always a good idea to get a few samples so you can test out how your future carpet will look like under different sorts of lighting. Maybe it looked wonderful in the showroom but under different conditions, it can look totally different against the fabric textures and colors of your walls. Luckily, at Blackstone Carpets, swatch samples are available to make those decisions before making a final purchase.

To ensure that you decide on a lasting purchase, our previous article on ‘Keeping it Together: Don’t Let Your Rug Fall Apart’ details some popular finishing styles for rugs to prevent any damage or fraying at the edges.

 

Specially written for BlackstoneCarpets.Com

*All Credit for this blog goes to Resse Jones*