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One of the great things about flooring is that you can sometimes install a new floor right on top of the old one. For example, if you have an old hardwood floor, you can often have carpet put down on top of it. You may even be able to have stone or ceramic tile laid down on top of the hardwood, too. This saves you the hassle of having to remove the original floor first. Keep in mind, this is just one of many clever tricks that flooring contractors know. You'll probably discover more of them on this blog, where it's our goal to share information about flooring.



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4 Common Questions When Buying New Carpeting

Are you ready to put new carpeting in your home, but not sure if it's right for you? Here are a few questions you may have about carpeting before you make a decision.

Is Carpeting Better Or Worse For Allergies?

A common concern about carpeting is how it affects people that have allergies. Carpet actually helps trap allergens that are in the air, rather than have the allergens land on a hard surface that can find its way back into the air. This makes carpet a good thing for people with allergies, as long as they are not laying on the floor. Those trapped allergens are easily removed with a vacuum cleaner.

Is Carpeting Bad With Pets?

Another misconception about carpeting is it is not good if you have pets, since it is easier to deal with messes that are made on a hard surface. Thankfully, carpet manufacturers have pets in mind when they develop different types of carpeting. There are actually certain carpets that are designed to easily deal with pet stains and messes so that the carpet is not ruined. If you had a concern about your pets ruining your carpeting, know that there is likely an option that will work great for you. 

Why Do You Need To Purchase Extra Carpeting

When it comes time to purchase carpeting, some people make the mistake of thinking they only need enough to cover the square footage of their home's carpeted area. You actually need to purchase more carpeting than that to get the job done for a few different reasons.

First of all, you'll need extra carpeting because a lot of it will need to be trimmed to go around walls and door frames, so you end up with material that cannot really be used because it is a thin strip of material. In addition, you want to ensure that you are buying enough carpeting for the same dye lot. This will ensure that you do not buy carpeting later on from a different dye lot if necessary, which can be slightly lighter or darker than the existing carpeting that you purchased. Buying from the same dye lot prevents visible seams from showing up.

What Are The Differences Between Nylon And Polyester Carpeting?

Two popular carpet fibers are nylon and polyester. The main difference between them is how durable the material is once it is installed. Nylon tends to bounce back after it has been crushed from walking on it or from the weight of furniture. Polyester is going to be a softer material, but will not hold up as well over time. 

To learn more, contact a residential carpet contractor in your area.