7 Questions to Answer Before Buying Carpet
Posted by: Genesis Floors
Buying carpet may not seem like a very important decision, but it is! You will have to live with your choice and look at it every day, so it’s worth taking a bit of time to actually prepare for this purchase. How do you do this? Here are 7 basic things you should know or decide before you go to your local Maryland carpet store to have a chat with a knowledgeable salesman.
Which room is it going in?
This you probably already know, but it doesn’t hurt to double-check. It may be going into your master bedroom, but will it also continue into the walk-in closet? Or maybe you need carpet for more than one room and want it to be the same style and look? Think about it and decide where exactly your new carpet will be installed. Among other things, this is important to know so that you can buy the right amount.
What is the room going to be used for?
Again, with a bedroom it can be easy to tell: this room is used for sleeping and getting dressed in the morning. But then, there are also multi-purpose spaces like living rooms, or spaces that are used in a non-traditional way. For example, in your household, your bedroom may double as a playroom on Saturday mornings when the kids bring their toys over and all of you have fun. The purpose of the room is important to consider, because it determines how tough your carpet needs to be.
How big is the space?
The size of the room is something to take into account if you are leaning toward carpet with a busy pattern. Patterns and dark colors often make the room seem smaller, which could be the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.
Does the room exit outside?
Some rooms in your home may exit to a deck,terrace or patio. If these entrances are actively used, this means people and pets will likely be tracking in some sand and dirt. You may want to forgo light-colored carpet in this area, or at least ensure it’s the stain-resistant kind.
Why do you need new carpet?
Someone who is replacing carpet before selling the home would need a different kind of carpet than a homeowner who is redecorating. If you are replacing old carpet you’ve lived with for a while, it’s also a good idea to take notes of what kind it was and what went wrong with it. Did your pets pull out fibers from your Berber? Maybe you should get a cut-pile or better quality carpet this time to avoid this problem.
Does anyone in your family suffer from allergies?
Special considerations should be taken if you are buying carpet for a household with people who suffer from asthma or allergies. You would want low-VOC carpet with short fibers and tight closed loops, so that it’s easier to clean and it doesn’t release a cloud of dust every time you step on it.
Is carpet the right choice?
You have probably already thought about this since you are shopping for carpet. However, if answering all of the above questions got you to doubt your decision, maybe it’s a good thing. For example, elegant natural stone tile may work better for your dining room than carpet, and it will be a breeze to clean too. And if you are selling your home, it might make sense to pay a bit more for hardwood floors and increase the value of your house that way.
No matter what kind of flooring you decide on in the end, we encourage you to stop by the Genesis Flooring showroom in Sykesville. MD. You will get a chance to choose from hundreds of different carpet samples, as well as get advice from a seasoned flooring professional. And don’t forget to bring your wall cover and upholstery swatches or photos, so that we can ensure the complete fit!