Home improvement projects are a great way to make your home more comfortable and enjoyable while also adding to its value. While many homeowners fixate on fixtures like couches, bathtubs, and new kitchen appliances, one of the most profound impacts you can make on the appearance of your home is by installing new flooring. Carpet flooring has been a popular choice with homeowners for decades. But with so many patterns, styles, and brands to choose from, where do you start? Lucky for you, The Mortgage House is here to help with this quick guide to choosing your new carpet.
Make Inspired Choices
Heading to the nearest flooring showroom can be overwhelming. There are simply too many options in colors and patterns you didn’t realize existed for you to make a confident choice. That’s why you should look for inspiration outside of the showroom. Think about the impression you want your living spaces to make on anyone who enters them. Do you want your room to feel warm and relaxed? Or bright and vibrant? Your choice of carpet flooring should help convey these feelings, so you can choose colors and patterns that add to that experience.
Get Your Daily Fiber
For the most part, there are three basic fibers that carpet manufacturers use to make their fuzzy flooring: polypropylene, polyester, and nylon. High-end manufacturers might offer a wool carpeting option for those looking for a more traditional appearance. However, wool carpeting is considerably more expensive than the other three fibers mentioned. Of all of the options available, nylon has proven to be an enduring choice for homeowners. It is very durable and does a fine job of resisting the wear and tear that is put on it by daily foot traffic and heavy furniture.
What’s Your Style?
Carpet flooring is offered in a myriad of styles. Some are better known than others, for instance, the iconic shag carpet, but their iconic status doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll look nice in your home. There are many styles including smooth, textured, frieze, shag, level loop, and patterned loop. Each has a different appearance and feeling underfoot. Most any carpeting showroom carries each of these styles in a variety of colors and patterns. It’s a good idea to bring some samples of these different styles home to see how they look with the rest of your decor.
The Weight Of Your Decisions
Did you know that your carpeting has a weight? The weight of the carpet has a range of 20 to 80 ounces that measures the number of ounces of fiber per square yard. The heavier the carpeting, the more resilient it is, meaning it will better stand up to regular use.
You’ll also want to look for the tuft twist of a carpet. The twist is the number of times that the individual tufts of fibers have been wound together in a 1-inch length. Again, the higher the twist number, the more resilient the carpet.
Finally, you’ll want to measure the density of the carpet. The density is the thickness of the fibers, and how closely they are packed together. The denser your carpet flooring is, the less susceptible it is to being crushed underfoot. To check for density, take a sample and flex and bend it in your hand. If you can see the backing of the carpet through the carpet fibers, this carpet is not very dense.
Home Loans With The Mortgage House
We hope our brief guide into the world of carpeting was helpful. Adding new carpeting is a great way to add a fresh new look to your home. If you’re looking to start fresh entirely, consider meeting with an agent at The Mortgage House in Fayetteville. We can offer you a home loan that can get you into the home of your dreams, carpet and all! Contact us today to find out more.