Adding Carpet Floors? 3 Things You Need To Know

Posted on: 28 June 2021

There are a plethora of flooring materials on the market. While wood, tile, vinyl, and stone remain popular options throughout the home, there are some areas where carpet flooring makes more sense. Carpeting is versatile, coming in many colors and patterns, and it feels comfortable underfoot. If you plan to add carpet flooring to your home, there are a few things that you need to know. 

What's Underneath The Carpet Matters

When you are in the process of looking at your carpet flooring options, it can be easy to get lost in the details. However, it's important to note that what goes underneath your carpet is just as important as the carpet itself. Even the best carpeting isn't going to look or wear well if the subfloor is in poor condition and the underpad is inadequate. Before installing your carpet floors, check to see if there is any damage to the subfloors. Also, choosing a quality carpet pad will reduce the wear and tear on your new carpet, making it last longer.

What Works Best In Your Home

Another thing to consider when adding carpeting to your home is what kind of carpet will work best. There are numerous options to choose from when it comes to carpet floors. Carpet fibers are made of materials including nylon, acrylic, olefin, and wool. There are two main styles of carpet to choose from, loop and cut pile. With a loop pile carpet, the fibers are bent into loops, while with a cut pile carpet, the fibers are cut, and there are no loops. Carpets also come in various colors and textures. You can take carpet samples home to test how they will look in your space.

What You Want To Spend

One mistake that many homeowners make when selecting carpet is assuming that they can afford any type of carpeting. While carpet flooring is often less expensive than other types of flooring, that's not always the case. High-quality or custom carpet flooring can quickly get pricey. You will need to factor in the cost of installation, carpet underpadding, and subfloor repairs into your budget. On average, you can expect your costs to range between $3.50 and $11 per square foot. 

If you want to add carpet floors to your home, there are a few things to know. First, what's underneath the carpet needs to be in good shape. Repairs to your subflooring and quality underpadding are things you cannot skimp on during a carpet installation. Second, taking the time to determine what type of carpeting works best for your homes is vital. There are more options than you may expect. Finally, while carpet can be affordable, you still need to set a budget. 


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