When it comes to flooring for the home or office there are literally hundreds of options to choose from. That being said, knowing a bit about some of the most common options may help you decide which is right for you and your individual needs. Carpet is among the most popular flooring options and it is easier to understand than you might imagine.
All installations start with your selection of what you want. This is going to be the first step even before the consultation to see how much it is going to cost or how much carpet you are going to need. There are several different aspects of carpet flooring that make a difference when you select it. The first is the overall height or pile of the carpet. This means how long the fibers are and how plush the carpet feels. Most residential carpeting is going to be medium pile.
The second aspect is of course going to be the overall design and type. Berber is a short, tightly woven carpet that is great for homes with small children. You can also get solid colored carpets, patterned, or those that have interesting features like mixed pile. The last factor when it comes to carpet that you may want to think about is what the carpet is made of and if it is stain resistant. Polyester carpet is going to be more stain resistant than natural fiber and you can also have a coating applied that helps to prevent stains.
The second step of installation is the consultation. This is going to look at how much carpet you need, how difficult the installation is going to be, and how much padding, tack strip, and other materials are going to be needed. Your consultant will talk with you about what is needed to get your installation off to a great start. They will tell you what you need to do and how to schedule your installation.
The last step is the installation itself. Your installer will remove old carpeting if necessary and reinforce the floor if needed. A sealant will be applied if it is not already present on the sub floor then padding will be placed. After padding is added tack strip is often added to the perimeter of the room to give the carpet something to be tacked or nailed to. The installer will then place the carpet making sure to pull it tight and affix it properly.
A good installation will take several hours and the carpet should be taught and should fit the room snugly. Carpet is a wonderful option for any room of your home and can add warmth and comfort to a space. Carpet comes in a wide range of colors, styles, piles, and materials so that you can truly customize your carpet according to your room and what you want. Carpet has come a long way and as such there are now more options than ever before to make carpet your flooring option of choice.