While today's carpet is more durable than ever before, it's not quite as indestructible as some advertisements might have you to believe. Here's a couple of myths you should watch out for when you're making your carpet decision:
While today's carpet is definitely much more resistant to stains than carpet made ten years ago, no carpet can offer total stain protection. Even olefin and polyester carpets, which are, by nature, almost totally stain resistant, can be stained under certain circumstances. So be wary of any warranty that seems to claim total stain resistance.
While high-quality carpets will retain their original appearance longer than lower-quality carpets, no carpet can offer total appearance retention forever. Carpet can, in fact, lose its good looks from heavy traffic matting it down just as easily as it can lose them from staining. So, if you're carpeting a high-traffic area, look for high-quality carpet that offers some kind of appearance retention warranty. But understand that even the best carpet backed by the best warranty won't guarantee everlasting perfection
While it is a common belief that the only function of carpet padding (also known as cushion or underlay) is to make your carpet feel more plush when you walk on it, its function is much more important. Carpet padding is a shock absorber for the carpet yarn much like the shock absorbers on your automobile. This prevents premature wear of the carpet yarn and extends the life of your carpet.
To make sure you choose good quality carpet padding, ask about its density or ounce weight. (Foam pads are measured by density and fiber and rubber pads are measured by ounce weight.) The higher the density or ounce weight, the better the quality of the pad. And the better the quality of the pad, the more comfort and protection you'll have for your new carpet.
If you don't know the density of the padding under your current carpet, we suggest that you consider replacing that padding. That's because new padding of the proper density will protect the investment you're making in your new carpet. In addition, some carpet warranties specify that a specific density of padding must be used. In other words, to get the most performance from and protection for your new carpet, it makes good sense to replace your padding.
So, if you have any questions about which types of carpet protection and warranties are right for you, just call the professionals at Beckler's - 1-800-BECKLER (232-5537).