Carpet Basics

What to think of when buying a carpet

When buying a carpet, there are many factors to take into consideration. These can be simple things like pet hair, dust and pollen getting stuck in the fibers and problems with cleaning spills and stains, or the more serious issues of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs being emitted from the carpet and the subsequent effects on indoor air quality. Whatever your questions are, we've got you covered.

One thing to think about is the carpet fiber itself, which will have a great impact on every aspect of the carpet, including its look, maintenance and longevity, not to mention its price. A wool carpet is quite expensive, but it's a natural fiber and has a very long life.

There are many other excellent carpet fibers to choose from, including the ever popular nylon, polyester and acrylic man-made fibers, and blends of these type of fibers. You should not rush your decision based on the most visually appealing carpet, but rather base your decision on your home's carpet needs.

Of course the benefits of carpeting are almost countless and it's no surprise that carpets are the number one floor covering in North America. But keep in mind that not all carpets are created equal, and neither are carpet installing professionals.

If you're particularly handy, on a budget, or enjoy home-improvement work, you'll want to visit our do-it-yourself section and learn more about carpet installation. Although it can be messy work, with proper installation, the job should go well, and you'll achieve professional results.

If you're entirely new to the wide world of carpeting, the very basics will obviously start with different types of carpets. Once you've determined whether you'd prefer carpet tiles, wall-to-wall carpeting, or a large throw rug, you will need to determine the method of carpet manufacture that best suits your needs. With options like cut pile, loop pile, multi-level cut pile and combinations of each of these styles, as well as numerous twists on each method, you'll have no shortage of choices to make when you start shopping for a new carpet. Whether you eventually decide on a shag carpet for a family room or a Persian rug for the master bedroom, The Carpet Site has the answers you need to make an informed purchase.

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