Home Carpet Fitting Checklist

Fitting a new carpet is undoubtedly a pleasure but it can be painful too if you lack the skills to fit it properly. So, if you want your carpet to last its full lifetime or you are unsure about the steps you need to take read on through the following checklist…

What to do with your old carpet

When you decide to get rid of your old carpet you may be surprised by the amount of waste it produces. It might take more than one trip to the local skip to dispose of all of it and then there is the environment to consider. Old carpet is often destined to find itself in a landfill site somewhere and this isn’t good for the environment. There are in fact all sorts of uses for old carpet you may not have thought of and there are plenty of ways to recycle. Old carpet can be used for anything from flooring in animal shelters to stopping weeds growing on allotments.  

How to install carpet

Unless you have experience fitting carpet, it is always wiser to get someone to professionally fit it for you. Proper fitting will have your carpet looking its best and ensure it will have a long life. Look for fitting guarantees to give you peace of mind that your carpet fitter knows what they are doing and has the right level of experience. Carpet can be a substantial investment, so it is worth spending the money to get the job done right.

Buy what you need to take care of your new carpet

Today’s carpets are incredibly durable and many offer resistance to stains but it is still important to clean them regularly and invest in a proper vacuum cleaner. Not all vacuum cleaners are created equal and some are better than others when it comes to cleaning carpet in particular.

Be sure to provide adequate ventilation

New carpet has its own particular smell and it can take a while for the odour to disperse when the carpet is newly fitted. Allow up to 72 hours for this to happen.    

3 Reasons To Choose Carpet For Your Home

People either love carpet or they hate it but there is no doubting the fact that the huge choice of styles, textures and colours available make it the ultimate choice for anyone wanting to add their own personal touch and personality to the home. Besides this, there are also many other benefits to fitting carpet you may not be aware of…

It makes a room cosier

The main reason people opt for carpet in their homes is to make a room feel more warm and comfortable. This is not surprising when you consider carpet offers thermal resistance, keeping warmth in a room for longer. It also provides a softer place for children to play where toddlers especially are prone to falls and tumbles while they are playing.

It can actually improve indoor air quality

The main thing that puts people off carpet is the idea that it increases the potential for allergies and harbours dust and dirt. Yet there are studies that have shown people with asthma and other allergy problems have actually seen their symptoms reduced in rooms fitted with carpet. This is because carpet traps a lot of dust and pollen in its fibres rather than allowing these troublesome microscopic particles to circulate. As long as a carpet is kept clean, it should help improve rather than impact on indoor air quality.

Carpet helps to reduce noise

The same properties that help retain heat in the home are also useful for absorbing sound. Carpet is great for sound insulation and will certainly reduce noise from footsteps on stairs and in bedrooms. Carpet is one of the most effective sound barriers you can install.

 

The Ins And Outs Of Buying Carpet

Carpets come in many in all sorts of materials textures and colours so it’s important to consider what is right for your house before making an investment in what should be enhancing the floors of your home for years to come!

Here is some advice on the most common choices you will encounter when choosing a carpet.

The first thing to consider when choosing your carpet is the type of household. Is your house full of small children or do you have pets for example? If the answer is yes to either of these, then you will need a hard wearing carpet downstairs.

It will also need to be made from a material that is easy to clean, particularly in living rooms, hallways and the stairs. So if you’re considering velvet carpet for these areas you might want to think again. Loop pile carpets on the other hand can be hard wearing and easy to clean but not very good if you have pets that might get their claws stuck. For busier homes twist carpet is an ideal choice.

Once you have decided on the type of carpet, you might also need to choose from various fibres. Here the most common materials are wool, nylon, polyester and polypropylene. Synthetic fibres, with the exception, of polyester tend to be durable but you will notice the difference in quality with cheaper materials. Again, what you choose will depend on the room and how much traffic that carpet will be exposed to.

Finally, we come to colour. Many people opt for lighter carpets only to regret the decision when they end up having to clean them on a regular basis. Think carefully before buying light carpets in areas where people will be walking in from outside. Carpets can soon suffer from staining due to grease being brought in from outside.

What Type Of Flooring Is Best For A Bathroom?

The bathroom presents its own unique challenges for any homeowner when it comes to flooring. Do you go for the cosy feel of special bathroom carpets or a flooringthat offers more resistance to the damp and often wet environment of the typical bathroom?

Carpet

Back in the 1980s, carpet was actually quite a common sight in bathrooms, however most people realised that no matter how nice it was under foot compared to cold tiles, it really didn’t stand up very well to repeated splashes of water, which would get absorbed into the carpet and underlay and cause all sorts of issues with damp and discolouring. So while carpet has come a long way since then, as you can now get gel backed (rot resistant) waterproof carpets, which have their own merits; in our experience due to possible hygiene concerns, people who opt for these carpets in their bathrooms tend to be in the minority.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl was actually first turned into flooring back in the 1930s and has a long history as a versatile type of flooring particularly for use in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas receiving heavy traffic. Today’s vinyl flooring is available in all sorts of colours and styles as well as textures that mimic materials such as wood flooring, tiles, granite or marble. Compared to other types of flooring vinyl is much easier to clean and relatively cheap to buy. The modern vinyls look incredibly realistic as well, and can easily transform a bathroom.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate is an incredibly robust and versatile material which is used for all sorts of purposes in the home. Unfortunately, water is its one big weakness and if moisture starts getting into and underneath your laminate flooring for any length of time then it will distort and go out of shape. If you must have laminate flooring in your bathroom then some laminates come with a special aqua seal (in between the joints) and aqua resist core technology, which are the preferred choice because these will help resist moisture better. 

Why Buy Artificial Grass This Summer?

Summer is here and that means the sun will hopefully be out more and you’ll be hearing the familiar drone of lawnmowers as everyone with a garden struggles to keep their grass looking perfect. Fortunately, you don’t need to be mowing your own lawn any more because there is an alternative that is becoming more popular every year and that’s artificial grass!

Yes artificial grass  is making a comeback in a big way as more and more people decide that they would rather enjoy the summer than spend it looking after their lawns. Artificial grass is ideal for those awkward parts of the garden where the grass grows but never looks healthy and often gets waterlogged for more than half the year when it rains.

It also looks great when laid on penthouse rooftop gardens and patios when you want the beauty of a natural green lawn but it is hard or impossible to create the right conditions for a healthy, natural lawn to flourish.

Of course having an artificial lawn isn’t for everyone but the advantages of an artificial lawn are hard to argue against.  

Lawns take a lot of work to get them looking lush and green and they don’t take kindly to any extremes of weather. Droughts and dry weather are a particular challenge which is made worse when there is a hosepipe ban.

You get none of these problems with artificial grass and your lawn stays lush and green all year round.  

Unlike a natural grass lawn, you also get to choose the length and colour of your grass to make it look more natural. It can be easily laid out on most surfaces and is incredibly tough and durable.   

Artificial grass looks just like the real thing today thanks to advances in the way it is made. So, if you want to be freed from lawnmower duties this summer, give us a call at Homestyle Carpets.