Choosing The Right FlooringWritten by Lee Dobbins
When redecorating or putting in an addition, you are faced with many decisions, not least of which is what type of flooring to buy. Should you buy hardwood or carpet? Vinyl or tile? Thereís many things that you should consider before making your final flooring decision.
Two important considerations when purchasing flooring are how durable flooring will be and how stain resistant and easy to clean it is. Your criteria for each depends on use flooring will get.
If you are buying a floor for childrens playroom, then you need a material that can withstand a beating! It needs to be durable enough to survive pounding of feet and toys being dragged acroos it. A hardwood floor might not stand up to such abuse and you may want something a bit more cushiony as well. A durable carpet can work, but donít forget that youíll need something that resists stains from those spills and is easy to clean up.
If, on other hand, your flooring purchase is for a formal living room that is rarely used, you can go with something a bit more beautiful and, perhaps, less functional. A beautiful wood patterned floor or even a plush white carpet can lend an elegant look to any formal room.
What To Look For When Picking Out A CarpetWritten by Lee Dobbins
Carpets are available in all styles and colors, but when shopping for carpeting, you should try to buy best quality carpet for money. Even if you are on a tight budget, donít skimp on your carpeting or your carpet pad as quality products will last longer, wear better and even save you money in long run!
Most modern carpets are made from either nylon, polyester or olefin. The nylon is strongest and also most widely used. While nylon will never actually wear down to treads, it can fade and get scrubby looking. Buying proper padding for your carpet and having it treated with a stain resistant treatment will help it to last longer.
So how do you tell if a rug is of good quality?
One easy test is to look at density of rug. This means thickness and closeness of pile or each strand of fiber. The closer fibers, better quality. Stick your finger into rug or bend it to see if you can feel or see mesh Ė less you can feel or see, better rug! Another factor in a quality rug is twist level or number of twists in 1 inch length of fiber. The more twists better.