Choosing The Right Flooring

Written by Lee Dobbins


When redecorating or putting in an addition, you are faced with many decisions, notrepparttar 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.

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If you are buying a floor forrepparttar 137637 childrens playroom, then you need a material that can withstand a beating! It needs to be durable enough to surviverepparttar 137638 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, onrepparttar 137639 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 Carpet

Written by Lee Dobbins


Carpets are available in all styles and colors, but when shopping for carpeting, you should try to buyrepparttar best quality carpet forrepparttar 137633 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 inrepparttar 137634 long run!

Most modern carpets are made from either nylon, polyester or olefin. The nylon isrepparttar 137635 strongest and alsorepparttar 137636 most widely used. While nylon will never actually wear down torepparttar 137637 treads, it can fade and get scrubby looking. Buyingrepparttar 137638 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 atrepparttar 137639 density ofrepparttar 137640 rug. This meansrepparttar 137641 thickness and closeness ofrepparttar 137642 pile or each strand of fiber. The closerrepparttar 137643 fibers,repparttar 137644 betterrepparttar 137645 quality. Stick your finger intorepparttar 137646 rug or bend it to see if you can feel or seerepparttar 137647 mesh Ėrepparttar 137648 less you can feel or see,repparttar 137649 betterrepparttar 137650 rug! Another factor in a quality rug isrepparttar 137651 twist level orrepparttar 137652 number of twists in 1 inch length of fiber. The more twistsrepparttar 137653 better.

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