Carpet might be the best — if sometimes the most overlooked — flooring option available to homeowners today, especially on the second floor of the home. New technologies have made carpet better than ever — though some misconceptions still persist. Today’s carpeting options have numerous advantages that make this classic an excellent choice for many homeowners and families. Here are a few things to consider when deciding on whether to carpet and on what kind of carpet to choose.
1. Where Should it Go?
Most people tend to put carpet on the stairs (which can be a particularly good precaution for families with small children), and throughout the second floor. This is especially practical in the bedrooms because carpet is warmer underfoot and so will be kinder to bare feet. Because of its warmth, some people also opt to put carpet in the basement, particularly if they have a games or media room because it helps to create a cozy atmosphere.
2. How to Choose?
The biggest decision-making criteria for carpet should be its durability. There a variety of fibre options to choose from, and each have their own benefits. Wool, for example, is a naturally stain resistant fibre that does not include topical chemicals. Nylon and polyester are also possibilities, though nylon is not necessarily recommended for families who have pets, because animals can wear out the fibre more quickly.
3. What About Spills?
It is important that you choose a carpet that can withstand the many aspects of your lifestyle. If spills are inevitable in your future (say for families with young children), then it’s a good idea to invest in carpets with spill guards or made of fibres (like wool) that are stain resistant. The under-padding can also shore up a carpet to be more stain-resistant.
Some homeowners worry that carpet won’t look fresh after many years of wear — but that isn’t the case. For example, the SmartStrand brand is a fibre product that is especially plush and has a lifetime warranty for soil/stain resistance. Carpet products with stain guard will help to ensure that your carpet continues to look fresh, no matter what life throws at, or on it.
4. What Options Are Available?
One of the best reasons to pick carpet is that there are countless options available. Carpet comes in hundreds of different colours and patterns, and the different fibres and materials will also influence its appearance. It’s a versatile option that can be ultra-neutral and inconspicuous to bright and full of personality and everything in between.
5. How Much Does It Cost?
Carpet has another huge advantage that many homeowners love: it’s cost effective. Time and again carpet is one of the most economical flooring options out there. Of course, when you’re building a home, cost is not the only factor on your mind. You’ll want to consider your personal taste to see if you can find a carpet option that matches your style, and — as mentioned above — your lifestyle.
Many of today’s homeowners opt to carpet the second floor of their home. It’s warm underfoot, perfect for bedrooms and stairs, available in plenty of options for every style, and quite cost effective. Misconceptions abound that carpets can be subject to wear and tear, but today’s new technologies mean more carpets are stain and soil resistant — so you can rest assured it will withstand the test of time.