Carpets can brighten up a dull floor and add elegance and ambience to a room through its color, the fiber choice or the design on the carpet. Both full carpeting and lose rugs will also bring everything in a room together beautifully if chosen correctly, regardless of whether it is in your home or in a business environment.
Another truth is that carpeting is often cheaper than alternative types of flooring. If you should move into a new house or office where the flooring is less than desirable, carpets could cover floor imperfections until you can afford to do whatever else you had in mind – if you still want to change your mind later! Carpeting furthermore requires much less intensive labor than alternative types of flooring and can be done much quicker. This also saves on cost.
Installation of even full carpet flooring is less messy than for example floor tiling. Those of us who have had tiling done, will know exactly what a home or office can look like when tiling is being done..
Carpets can have a totally different ‘walking-on feeling’ if you opt for padding under it. Other types of flooring could never make you feel as if you are walking on a cloud or air – and you can experience that feeling directly after installation!
What to look for when buying carpets:
The term ‘penny wise, pound foolish’ applies to buying carpets just like with other things in life. Sacrificing quality on high-traffic areas such as hallways and stairs will bring about early replacement and therefore added expense.
If you can afford it at the time of having your carpets installed, make sure that you buy a carpet with a tight twist. This carpet will maintain its natural texture appeal for much longer and be better at resisting matting and crushing. You also want to buy a carpet that will keep the clarity and richness of its color for as long as possible. Consulting the Carpet Buying Guide will provide you with the above information, as well as some other tips that you might find useful.
How to choose your carpet:
Carpet color: Choosing the color of your carpet is great fun, will stream beauty into your home and will reflect your individual personality. A merely practical tip, however, is that lighter colored carpets make small rooms appear larger – especially if the walls are a hint lighter than the carpet itself. Another tip: when you come to do carpet shopping with us, try to bring a piece of fabric from prominent items that you want the carpet to match with, with you – cushions, curtain samples or things with the exact same color as these items would be great and helpful to you.
Carpet texture: While the color of your carpet will flood your room with gorgeous, well.. color! – the texture you select will throw in a touch of drama, softness, elegance or business appeal to it. The question, therefore, is what kind of atmosphere you want to create with your carpet. A velvety, plush, light-colored carpet for example will create a completely different atmosphere to a setting than a dark, level loop pile carpet.
Carpet styles: Carpets come in a number of different styles, including level cut loop, velvet, frieze, textured plush, tonal and patterned; available for all of domestic, child-friendly and commercial carpets.
- Frieze carpets: Frieze carpets are cut pile fiber carpets but have a rugged appearance brought about by tightly coiled yarns that curl back all the way. They are often described as carpets with a ‘pebbled’ or ‘nubby’ look.
- Level cut loop (LCL) carpets: These carpets are an excellent choice for high traffic areas and one of the latest carpet innovations on the market. They are a popular choice for regularly used rooms due to the design patterns (which could be quite complicated or small) that are customary for them. Basically they are a strong combination of twist (plush) and loop fibers, making them really strong and durable.
- Textured plush carpets: A textured plush carpet has a less formal and velvety presence as one can actually see the individual tuft piles. It is designed for easier maintenance and to be a more versatile cut pile carpet.
- Velvet carpets: As the name suggests, this carpet brings luxurious elegance to whatever room it is fitted into. A lovely blend of all cut fibers, this style of carpet also lends itself to rich color and eye-catching smoothness.
Revamped carpets (Tonal and Patterned):
- Tonal carpets: A tonal carpet is a solid colored carpet to which a dye pattern was added. An example of this type of carpet is our Colorado Saxony carpet, which is easy to care for and resilient. (A carpet that was created using different shades of the same color yarn to form patterns on it is also sometimes referred to as a tonal carpet.)
- Patterned carpets: Patterned carpets can be created by for example putting a design that makes it appear like a woven carpet, on a regular Saxon carpet by using dye. The result will be the lavish feel of a Saxony carpet, with the design of your choice. Adding a design to your carpet will for instance hide unsightly marks on it!
Carpet pad is meant to provide you with a comfortable, soft feeling when you walk on your carpet and to protect and support it. Incorrect or very cheap carpet padding will cause your carpet to wear faster and underperform, and will also take away from the quality of the experience you will have when you walk on it. Good padding will also be of great help with possible minor unevenness of existing flooring when that can’t be fixed at the same time.
How to choose carpet pad:
When you choose padding for your gorgeous new carpet, it will be worth your while and the expense you are incurring to ensure that you choose one that matches your carpet and will be able to deliver on the job that you want it to perform. We will gladly help you choose in store if you need help, but here are some tips with regards to choosing the right padding:
- Carpet padding location: Where are you having your carpet installed? You will for instance choose a different type of padding for your toddler’s bedroom than you would for your living room or office.
- Carpet padding matching: What type of carpet have you bought? The carpet padding that you buy should match the carpet that you are having installed. A good match will be one where the carpet lays completely flat once fitted.
- Carpet padding firmness: How does the padding respond when you squeeze it? Good carpet padding should not compress completely when you pinch it. Ideally you should opt for one that is quite firm and that will not go totally flat and lead to unnecessary wear on your carpet.
Carpet padding types:
There are four general kinds of carpet padding, namely rebond, fiber, foam and moisture barrier pads. Each of these has a different use and purpose, depending on the factors mentioned under ‘How to choose carpet pad’. Apart from these types, engineered carpet pads are now also on the market and available from us. Please ask us about them!
Rebond carpet padding:
This padding is made from scraps of foam used in the furniture industry. It is the most popular and widely used carpet padding because it lends a good, firm walk to any carpet and is also suited for most carpet types.
Fiber/felt carpet padding:
The fiber for this kind of pad, a popular choice for woven carpets, could be natural or synthetic in nature. It is a durable padding that is well-known for its longevity and the firm walk that it provides.
Foam carpet padding:
This is the padding you will get if you are looking for that ‘wow’-feeling under your feet! It is also the padding type that is continually being improved on through technology, as well as one that is available in a wide variety of densities and thicknesses. Foam padding is made from different forms of urethane foam.
Moisture barrier carpet padding:
Some carpeting suppliers suggest moisture barrier padding to most customers. Likewise there are people who believe that one always needs it when doing wall-to-wall carpeting in a basement. Our belief is that it is something that depends on a lot of different factors and that should be decided on only after having had a discussion with you to provide you with an educated opinion once we know your situation well.
We pride ourselves on carrying a wide variety of both brand name carpets and middle-to-high-end domestic and commercial carpets to suit every possible need, purpose, budget or wildest dream.
Some of the brand names that we carry include Anso Caress, Beaulieu, Du Pont, Mohawk, Scotchgard, Shaw, SmartStrand, StainMaster and Tactesse. We offer our potential customers broad choices with regards to carpet colors, styles and textures made from a variety of materials. Shopping with us, you will find a convenient and astonishing selection of cut and uncut loop, frieze, plush, solid pattern, tufted and woven carpets made from nylon, advanced generation polyester and/or wool.
Commercial carpeting: When it comes to commercial carpeting, we are well aware that this could be a costly experience. For this reason, we did thorough research to accommodate our potential customers and are able to offer you high-performance commercial carpeting at incredible prices. Our specialty is middle- to superior quality commercial carpeting as 1st Quality close outs and Grade A irregulars, perfect for use in all of churches, community rooms, corridors, daycare facilities, all types of offices and retail stores. Our commercial carpets are exceptionally durable, long-lasting, able to resist crushing and matting and phenomenal when it comes to retaining its appearance for years to come. Because we understand that carpet cleaning in a business environment could be disruptive, the commercial carpets that we stock are also easy to clean. You are guaranteed to receive a business carpet that will last you 2-3 times longer than a ‘budget’ carpet when you shop with us.
Record keeping after your carpet purchase:
Carpet buying with or without installation is an expense that generally comes with a warranty from the manufacturer itself and is sometimes accompanied by a workmanship guarantee from the company that did the installation for you as well. The reality is that you could one day land up in a situation where your carpet is damaged and you might want to replace part or all of it. If you have not kept any records of your carpet or the contractor that did the installation, you could find yourself in a very frustrating situation that could easily have been avoided. Here are some tips with regards to what information you should retain after your carpet purchase and installation, whether you keep your records in an envelope or a folder:
- Purchasing contract: Keep your contract of purchase for easy reference if a problem arises and make sure you know its content.
- Contact details of the carpet manufacturer: Some carpets have warranties that are valid for years after purchase. It is therefore very important that you keep the details of the manufacturer should you encounter a problem that you feel should be covered by a warranty.
In a situation where you are unable to get hold of the company that you originally bought the carpet from, you might have to get hold of the manufacturer instead. If you have kept the manufacturer’s details, this will be an easy job.
Retailers sometimes put their own labels (or names) on carpets which means that, if you only have that name and not the name that it is called by the actual manufacturer, you would struggle terribly if you did not keep the name and contact details of the original manufacturer. If you for instance need information such as warranty details or have questions re cleaning, you will have a tough time finding help.
- Carpet style name and number & color number information: As with the above situation where retailers could at times change the name of a carpet for their in-house bookkeeping records, it would be in your best interest to keep the above information about your carpet. Carpet manufacturers do not necessarily know what individual retailers name their carpets, so will in most cases not be able to help you even if you phone all possible manufacturers you can think of.
- Carpet manufacturer order date and style reference number details: Keep a copy of the invoice that you received from the retailer that you bought the carpet from because this document, among others, contains the start date of the manufacturer’s warranty. Make sure that the retailer’s invoice is dated and that it contains the manufacturer’s carpet style number. Should you be unable to contact the retailer that you originally bought the carpet from, you will be able to receive help from the manufacturer.
- Yardage purchase particulars: Having the measurements of the carpet that you had installed at hand will spare you the trouble of having to do it all over again should you need to replace your carpet completely at some stage due to unforeseen damage or the fact that the carpet has just reached the end of its lifespan.
- Carpet installer or contractor name and contact details: The retailer that you buy your carpet from might subcontract the actual installation of your carpet to another company. While the retailer ultimately carries the responsibility of the work that it has outsourced, it would be helpful if you had kept details about the carpet installation company. This information would speed up the resolving of your query should you need to contact the retailer with regards to routine repairs or anything that was not done to your satisfaction.
- Carpet pad thickness and type – retailer’s invoice: Some manufacturers have specifications for the carpet pad type that is to be used for their warranty to be valid. These specifications could for example have to do with the maximum thickness allowed to match the carpet. Make sure that your retailer includes this information on its invoice when you buy your carpet.
- Carpet warranty information: You should always receive printed manufacturer’s warranty documents with your carpet and these should be made available to you by your retailer before the installation of your carpet is initiated. You reserve the right to delay installation until you have received the warranty information. Once you have received the document, make sure you familiarize yourself with the content and also ensure that, should the retailer have its own added warranty, that those details are also given to you in writing on the invoice.
- Carpet manufacturer’s guide: Carpet manufacturers sometimes specify regular carpet cleaning or the use of a particular carpet cleaning method for their warranty to be valid. The manufacturer would then also require proof that the instructions were followed if you should have a query about their product. For these reasons, it is important that you know the content of your manufacturer’s guide and that you keep your carpet cleaning records.