When you are shopping for carpet you may come across a rating system on the tag. The rating standards may vary as you look at different brands or types of carpets. So what do these ratings mean? Should you be purchasing carpet based on it’s labeled rating?
Truth is there is no standardized industry backed rating for carpet. Some companies might use their own rating system on the carpets they produce to let consumers know the difference between their specific carpets. Sometimes they may use a rating system to compare their product with a similar product made by a different company.
You should be cautious about any carpet product that uses what looks like a certified performance rating to compare the product to another company’s product. While the company producing the carpet may make a legitimate claim on the performance of their carpet it is not backed by any carpet authority like the carpet institute.
Here are some important things you should consider when purchasing carpet:
Carpets themselves have no standard rating system, but there are a few things you can use to measure the performance of a carpet pad. The main focus of many buyers when purchasing carpet is the carpet fiber, but it is just as important to make sure you have the correct padding to ensure the lifetime of your carpet. When looking at a carpet pad thicker isn’t necessarily better ,look for density. A thin dense cushion has the ability to absorb foot traffic and prevent fibers from detaching from the pad.
When considering what carpet pad to buy you also want to consider where it is going in your home to determine what insulation value you will need. For example if you will be installing a carpet over a concrete slab you may want to consider actually installing insulation underneath the carpet padding such as a fiberboard insulation. If carpet is being installed in a warmer area you will not need as much insulation.
Carpet fibers are important to consider especially when you take into account where the carpet will be laid and the lifestyle of the people in your home using it. If there is a lot of foot traffic through your home, you have pets, a large number of people living in the home, these all play a role in what type of carpet fiber you might choose as well as budget of course. Olefin tends to be cheaper and easier on the budget, it is great for standing up to high traffic but it can be more difficult to keep clean. Wool and acrylic are softer and more comfy for pets to relax on and children to play , but they can wear down a bit easier though they are easier to keep clean.
Carpet warranties from the manufacturer are great but you will need to consider how the warranty is backed before you buy a carpet for its warranty. In order to keep a carpet warranty valid you will need to care for your carpet with the recommended instructions and this usually means regular vacuuming, quick stain treatment with suggested cleaners, and regular professional carpet cleaning. Some carpet damage on the owner’s part could result in a void of warranty.
There are many important factors when purchasing carpet, but be cautious of any product that claims to be rated by some sort of authority. Do your homework on any product before you buy because carpet is a big investment and you want to be sure you are making the best choice for your home.
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