Are you considering carpeting for some of the floors in your home? When used appropriately, wall-to-wall carpeting can be a great choice. In this section of HomeTips, we’ll help you sort through the pros and cons of carpeting, as well as your many options.
Carpeting is warm, soft, and comfortable underfoot. Those are some of its biggest pluses.
In addition, carpeting and the pad beneath it are great at absorbing sound. This means carpeted rooms tend to be quiet. No doubt, that’s why carpeting is often chosen for bedrooms, living rooms, and recreation rooms.
It’s also immediate. Of all the floor coverings—from vinyl to hardwood—carpeting is the quickest to install. Several large rooms can be carpeted in a single day. After spending weeks or months on a remodel, nothing is quite as satisfying as transforming a room overnight with the addition of a new carpet.
And, if your home’s old floors are a mess—damaged beyond refinishing, for example—carpet will hide a multitude of sins. It just requires a flat, smooth base.
It also tends to be more affordable than many other options, such as hardwood, tile, and stone.
When comparing prices, be aware that almost all other flooring materials are sold by the square foot, but carpeting is sold by the square yard. So when you compare prices, multiply square footage prices by 9 to get the equivalent in square yards. Then add installation, which is likely to be much less with carpeting.
On the downside, carpeting can be less durable than other flooring materials, depending on the wear it receives and the material it is made from. It also can be more difficult to keep clean, depending again on the material and the height of the pile.
Check out the article links below for information that can help you make informed carpeting buying decisions. You will also find do-it-yourself help with carpet repairs and care.
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