Acrylic, Polyester, Wool, Oh My! Tips To Choosing A Carpet.

When shopping for carpet, there are several options and many things to consider.

Going to the carpet store and seeing and touching carpet samples is going to help you decide what carpet best suits your needs and help you better understand the different types available. Before you make a decision you want to make sure you have considered the different types of carpet and fibre and how well they clean, wear, and which room they would be best suited in.

One of the first choices to make is between tufted and woven construction. Most carpets are tufted, constructed with rows of machine-punched yarns held together by adhesive and a backing. These are said to last around five and seven years. Woven carpets, made on a loom, are usually longer lasting around 20 to 30 years.

Another aspect to consider is the fibre type. Most carpet contains one of six pile fibres: nylon, polypropylene (olefin), acrylic, polyester, wool, or cotton. Carpet pile fibres significantly impact carpet performance. How the pile is cut and shaped contributes to its look and feel. For example, nylon is the most popular fibre and is a good choice for all traffic areas because it is durable and static free, maintains fibre height, and resists staining, soiling, and mildew.

Next, it is important to determine the quality of the carpet you are purchasing which can be determined by the twist level, the density and the face weight. The higher or tighter the carpet yarns are twisted, the better the carpet. Density measures how tightly the fibres are attached to the carpet backing. The closer together the fibres are attached, the less wear to each individual fibre, and the longer the carpet will last. Face weight measures the number of ounces of fibre per square yard of carpet. The higher the face weight the better the carpet.

When comparing prices remember to determine if the price includes the carpet padding, which is the most essential accessory in carpeting. Good padding will absorb the pressure of foot traffic, provide additional insulation and prevent buckling or wrinkling of the carpet.

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Determining Needs vs. Wants When Buying a Home

What you need and what you want.

When the time comes to begin your search for the perfect home, there’s a good chance you have an idea of what you’d like to find inside it. A gourmet kitchen, glistening hardwood floors and a luxurious master ensuite may be at the top of your list. It’s a good idea, however, to establish a list of needs and wants in order to avoid purchasing a home with a price tag beyond what your budget allows.

Your needs: These are the must-have features that you can’t live without. For those with children, you will likely need a home with at least three bedrooms. It would be convenient to have an extra bedroom for guests or an office, but you can certainly make do without. When it comes to bathrooms, be prepared to settle for a home with two. You will need one for family use and one for guests; a master ensuite is an added bonus.

The kitchen is one space that many house hunters don’t want to compromise on, particularly the person who does the most cooking. When viewing homes, pay close attention to things like counter space, layout and the number of cupboards. These are factors that will come into play on a daily basis and cannot be changed without major renovation.

Depending on the number of vehicles you own, having ample space for parking is a definite need. There’s nothing worse than driving up and down your street searching for a parking space every night.
If you have children and/or pets, you will also want to consider outdoor space. A backyard doesn’t have to be huge, but many people consider it a necessity for little ones or pets.

Your wants: Once you begin your home search, you may find that items you originally considered “needs” can actually be categorized as “wants”. It’s more important to stay within your budget than it is to buy a home that is loaded with extras. Granite countertops, an island and a marble backsplash would be lovely to have, but remember that you can always add these features down the road when you can afford it. The same goes for hardwood floors, a finished basement and a pool in the backyard. The best part about buying a home you can improve on is the opportunity to earn a return on your investment.

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