How Do You Know?

Has your carpet seen better days? Are you putting rugs all over it to cover wrinkles and tears, or rearranging furniture to cover stains? Are your kids scared to lay on it? Matted carpet, unravelling and significant wear on the main walkways are major signs your carpet is on its death bed.  We came across this helpful article on Angie's List to help you know for sure if it time for new carpet for your home.

Its Old
Are you still using the 1970s shag carpet that came with your house? Have you had it cleaned many times? Believe it or not, carpet doesn't last forever, even with good care. The average person replaces their carpet every nine years. When signs of wear are showing on the major walkways and the carpet fibers start losing their texture and tuft, it's time. If you find yourself cleaning the carpet over and over and not getting the results you want, it's time to lay the carpet to rest. Signs of old carpet include color loss, fading, matting, ripples, wrinkles and lack of padding support.

Condition of carpet padding
Carpet padding is like the shock absorbers on your car; the carpet is nothing but a layer of fabric without the padding. Carpet padding helps support the carpet, working as a foundation and making it comfortable to walk and lay on. It buffers sounds and keeps a room quieter and even improves insulation.  However, carpet padding also absorbs many spills, and cleaning the carpet doesn't clean the padding. Signs of old padding include unevenness, wrinkles and a very hard feeling when someone walks over it.

Stinky carpet
If you own a pet or haven't cleaned your carpet recently, you may notice a lingering smell on your carpet, but the odor should be gone or noticeably diminished after a professional cleaning. If it doesn't, this means that the odor has penetrated deep into the carpet fibers, the carpet pad or the subfloor, and it may even indicate mold and mildew growth.  In cases like these, it's often more cost effective to replace the entire carpet completely in order to fully eliminate the odor or odors.

Increased allergy symptoms
Often, older carpets catch and retain more allergens and particulate matter, which may cause your allergies to act up. If you notice an increase in allergies, one source may be your older carpet.

Outdated style or color
Sometimes you are ready to get new carpet because you don't like the style or color any more.  Berbers tend to date your home and feel very 1980s.  Mauve and deep, dark greens are colors that were popular in the 1990s and aren't in vogue today.  The good thing is neutral plushes never go out of style, but maybe you are tired of "builder beige" and are ready for change.

One thing you will find as you begin considering new carpet is the tremendous improvement in clean-ability and quality.  Today's carpet is so much easier to take care of than older carpet.  And there is a huge selection of styles and colors to choose from.  There is something for every lifestyle, budget, and décor.  Stop by today and let your Enhance Floors & More Design Consultant assist you in selecting the perfect new carpet for your home!

Karastan:  Buy Only The BestIf you are ready for new carpet and want a top-of-the-line choice that will look great for years and years, Karastan is for you!  The premier brand in high quality floor coverings, Karastan is known for innovative style, quality, and craftsmanship.  And guess what----select Karastan carpets are on sale now until September 8.  Consider these beautiful carpets during the Buy Only The Best sale:

If a super soft, luxurious, thick carpet is what you're looking for, Indescribable is perfect.  It is made from SmartStrand Silk fiber, making it super soft and super easy to take care of.  The regular price per square foot is $6.40, it's now on sale for $6.07.

The Vienne line offers a very unique visual.  If you are looking for an asymmetrical pattern with bold color striations, then this carpet is for you!  The Kashmere Nylon makes it soft and durable. 

~Fashion Icon
If a geometric pattern is more your style, then Fashion Icon is a great choice.  Also a SmartStrand Silk carpet, it is a classic look that is very soft on your feet and easy to care for.  Regular price is $5.90, now on sale for $5.07.

A classic look that will never go out of style. Maison is a 70 oz solid color cut pile.  The KashmereNylon fiber adds extra softness, so if you want a plush, long lasting carpet,   Maison is the one.

~Worsted Weave
Wool is a timeless fabric.  It is a natural product and incredibly durable.  The Worsted Weave line offers a classic hand-knotted look in many different colors.  Nowon sale for $10.66 per square foot installed.  A great deal on a 100% wool carpet!

Fleck carpets are very popular today.  Churchill is a 55 oz Nylon cut pile with a fleck color line, offering a great price for a popular style.  Perhaps a neutral color such as Champagne Bubble would suit your taste.  If you like the greys, consider Stone Sculpture.