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Choosing the Best Carpet

When remodeling or building a home in Ohio or elsewhere, don't choose carpet based on color. Instead, take the basic characteristics of a carpet's fibers and construction, as well as lifestyle, into consideration before buying.

Some of the best materials include the following:

  • Nylon: Most carpets today are made of nylon. A very durable and forgiving product, nylon is fairly easy to maintain and is available in various styles.
  • Olefin (or polypropylene): Olefin is often used in berber carpet. It is noted for being practically wear resistant because spots do not adhere to its fibers. However, the drawback is that this soft fiber scratches and mats down easily. I think it is the perfect basement carpet choice, and I have it in my own basement!
  • Polyester: Many polyesters today are made from recycled materials like 2-liter soda bottles. It has great stain resistance and doesn't mat down as easily as olefin. In addition, it is reasonably priced.
  • Wool: Wool is my grandmother's favorite carpet choice. Although wool is a very expensive product, it has a wonderful resiliency and the luxury of a natural product. It is not uncommon to see real wool products 20+ years old that still look almost new.

One Last Thought: Use my mother's rule of thumb and when deciding on carpet and paint chips take the samples home and look at them in the room with both natural and artificial lighting!

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
Dayton, Ohio Area Home Expert
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Blog article provided by Christina Cavins, a Nationally recognized Realtor with Irongate Inc. Realtors. Christina can be reached via email at ChristinaCavins@aol.com or by cell phone or text message at 1-937-205-4741. For Ohio real estate and homes see Ohio Real Estate.

 

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Comment balloon 5 commentsChristina Cavins • September 10 2008 12:23AM

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Hi Christina, I just can't believe that you have had 64 views and no comments so I thought I would I would leave you one. Thats good info. Have a great day!!

Posted by Scott Mazza (Stewart Title of California) almost 10 years ago

Hi Christina, I used to be an Assistant Store Manager in a flooring company and this is great information! It's important to point out that consumers should consider the density and weight in the carpet they choose, as well as a high quality upgraded fiber padding underneath... foam padding tends to break down over the years and turn to dust! Higher density is better for resistance to wear and traffic. The salesperson in the carpet store should be able to explain the differences and will be able to assist in offering suggestions based on the needs, wants and aesthetics of the consumer. If not, they should find someone that knows their product... after all, this is something the consumer will likely be living with for years (unless they are simply replacing the floors because they are selling the home.) In that case, it's best to go neutral and medium grade.

Posted by Stephanie Kresl (Global Assist ~ Orlando Sales Division) almost 10 years ago

I never knew how much I didn't know about carpet until this post! I am a hard wood floor guy.

Posted by Jim Hirschhorn, GRI, Real Living - Orlando (Real Living Real Estate Solutions) almost 10 years ago

Great information.  This will save a lot of folks money. Of course resale value can be effective if someone uses a really bad color of carpet.  Thos of us that lived through orange shag know that story!

Posted by Jean Groesbeck, Broker, CRS, e-PRO, ABR, ASP, CNE, IMS (Coldwell Banker Bain) almost 10 years ago

Great information.  This will save a lot of folks money. Of course resale value can be effective if someone uses a really bad color of carpet.  Thos of us that lived through orange shag know that story!

Posted by Jean Groesbeck, Broker, CRS, e-PRO, ABR, ASP, CNE, IMS (Coldwell Banker Bain) almost 10 years ago

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