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Carpets and Remodeling: What You Need to Know

Although there is a wide range of flooring choices available to you as you make plans to remodel your home, carpet is a top pick for some people. Whether you’re simply upgrading one of the guest bedrooms or you’re completely gutting and remodeling the family's living room, carpet can be an important part of the equation. Before you start looking at colors and prices, let this guide prepare you and give you some basic information on the pros and cons of carpets, where in the home it works best and how to pick the right carpet for your newly remodeled space.

Pros of Carpet Flooring

Carpet has plenty of advantages, which is why you may be thinking about installing carpet flooring as part of your home's upcoming remodel. Carpet is essentially a layer of insulation, which can be beneficial to residents in a number of key ways.

That extra insulation muffles sound, giving you more privacy whether you enjoy watching morning television while your partner sleeps in or you don't want to wake up the kids while entertaining in the evenings.

The insulation factor can also be a great way to reduce utility bills, since it keeps heat in better during the winter months. Carpet is also very versatile, and it comes in virtually every color, pattern and thickness imaginable so you can find the exact material that fits in with your design vision.

Compared to hardwood, carpet can also be very affordable, making it a smart choice for homeowners remodeling on a budget.

That extra insulation muffles sound, giving you more privacy whether you enjoy watching morning television while your partner sleeps in or you don't want to wake up the kids while entertaining in the evenings.

The insulation factor can also be a great way to reduce utility bills, since it keeps heat in better during the winter months. Carpet is also very versatile, and it comes in virtually every color, pattern and thickness imaginable so you can find the exact material that fits in with your design vision.

Compared to hardwood, carpet can also be very affordable, making it a smart choice for homeowners remodeling on a budget.

Cons of Carpet Flooring

Carpet has plenty of upsides, but its drawbacks start with the fact that some individuals prefer the look of hardwood. If hardwood floors are equated with luxury, carpet may have the opposite effect in large, central spaces in the home.

Another issue is the maintenance and cleaning required of carpet, particularly since it can be stained easily and tends to trap allergens.

Finally, carpet that is stained or damaged may have to be replaced entirely, which can end up being expensive and time consuming even if it can be patched.

Best Places to Use Carpet in the Home

After taking into consideration the pros and cons of carpet flooring, you might decide that it will be a fantastic flooring choice for all or part of your home. Keep in mind that carpet, while a wonderful flooring material, fares better in certain rooms of the home.

Carpet is most popular in bedrooms, since residents tend to walk around barefoot when getting in and out of bed. Carpet may also be ideal in family living rooms or dens.

The places where carpet is generally not recommended include the bathroom, the kitchen, and the laundry room. Primarily because of the amount of water in these rooms and the tendency for stains, it’s best to use other materials in these rooms.

Consider the Traffic and Use of Each Room

Once you have made up your mind that carpet is the best choice for any particular room, and you're ready to snap up the right materials to begin your remodel, think carefully about the expected lifestyle and traffic of each room.

If you have pets that remain in one part of the house, for example, you might choose a tougher, more durable carpet that can withstand cat scratches and excitable dogs.

In a child's room, you might want to go with a darker or patterned carpet design simply because it can hide stains better.

In a guest room where the door is often closed and there is very little foot traffic, you might be able to get away with a less durable carpet, simply because it will get very little in the way of wear and tear over time.

Remember that you are not limited to one type of carpet throughout the home. 

Pricing and Additional Installation Costs

Cost is often a major factor when choosing the right carpet for your remodel. However, a common mistake made by homeowners is assuming that the cost per square foot of the carpet is the only price you will need to consider.

While the cost of the actual carpet will likely be the biggest overall expense for each room's flooring, it is far from the only cost to keep in mind.

Under most carpets there is a thick padding which acts as an extra layer of insulation and makes even thin carpets more comfortable to walk on. There may also be an underlay, or waterproofing layer, that goes below that.

Delivery and shipping can be something to account for, particularly because rolls of carpet can be so heavy. Also, installation can be a big expense. If you need to have furniture moved, or if you need to install carpeting on stairs or over thresholds, the costs can rise.

Choosing the Right Carpet Type

With so many different carpet types to choose from, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the most popular varieties before taking your pick.

Plush carpeting is a top choice because of its thick pile and its softness, but it does show footprints easily and requires frequent vacuuming to look its best.

The opposite of plush carpeting is Berber carpet, which boasts continuous loops for a relatively flat but durable flooring choice that won't show footprints easily and requires very little maintenance.

Textured carpet is made up of loops of fibers in different lengths, which gives it a luxurious look that better reflects light. Although sometimes slightly more expensive, textured carpet is fantastic in areas with a lot of foot traffic.

Frieze carpeting offers fibers that are twisted to better hide dirt, and they are almost as luxurious to feel as plush carpeting. You can also choose carpets that have been treated with a stain resisting chemical, which might be a great way to reduce stress and maintenance if you have children or pets.

By learning a little more about carpeting and the options you have for your remodel, you can find the perfect carpet for any room in your home.

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