Carpeted floors have a variety of benefits for homes in Barrie. Carpet offers a level of comfort and luxury not available with other flooring types.
Insulation: eliminate cold, uncomfortable bedroom floors by installing a plush carpet.
Color Choice: Carpet is available in more colors, styles, and types than most other flooring options.
Value: Get a high-quality carpet for less than a low to moderately priced solid hardwood flooring.
Great for Those Who Love to Decorate: Though carpet may be less durable than other flooring types, its value and range of color options make it ideal for anyone who likes to redecorate their home.
Noise Absorption: Carpet naturally absorbs sound in a room. This is especially ideal for high traffic areas and homes with pets who have nails that will make noise and scratches on hard surfaces.
Safety: Carpets reduce the chance of slipping and will make for a softer landing if someone does fall. This is a great feature in homes with children and elderly residents especially.
Carpet for Barrie area homes can help you achieve a comfortable living space throughout the year. During the winter, carpet is a superior choice for its insulative properties that make it comfortable to walk on even in the coldest months. Additionally, during the heat of summer, a carpeted living room makes a great place to stretch out for a movie night since the floor will tend to be cooler than even a couch.
Carpet is ideal for bedrooms, living rooms, hallways, playrooms, dens, finished basements, and more. Here are some of the best carpet options for each area of your home.
Luxurious and soft to the touch, wool carpet adds elegance to any room.
Pros: Will not crush easily, resists stains, great selection of styles, flame retardant and durable. It is also more environmentally friendly than synthetic carpet types.
Cons: Wool is prone to fading in sunlight. Additionally, while wool resists water-based stains quite well, greasy, or oily stains are much more difficult. Clean any spills quickly for the best chance of avoiding stains. Wool also tends to retain moisture which can result in bad odors and mildew. A dehumidifier in wool-carpeted rooms can help with this.
Best Uses of Wool Carpet: Choose wool for rooms with low foot-traffic such as a bedroom or formal living room. Avoid wool carpet in high traffic areas such as a hallway where staining is more likely to occur and in rooms that have excessive sunlight.
Nylon is a synthetic type of carpet that offers a similar range of styles as wool but at a lower cost and greater durability.
Pros: Nylon is durable, many varieties are made with stain resistant properties, can stand up to heavy use, and can be cleaned easily.
Cons: one of the main disadvantages that nylon has compared to wool is that it will melt when exposed to fire. Wool, conversely, is flame retardant and will self-extinguish. Like wool, it also tends to fade in sunlight.
Best Uses: Nylon is an all-around good option for any room where you would use carpet. It has an excellent ability to bounce back from being crushed which makes it durable and looking nice long after many other synthetic carpet types. Choose nylon for halls, stairs, recreation rooms, and hallways.
Polyester is another type of synthetic carpeting known for its soft, luxurious feel. Choose this in a thick pile style to maximize the plush nature of this fiber.
Pros: Vibrant color options, resistant to staining, easy maintenance, resists fading in sunlight. It is often a better value compared to nylon when it comes to softness and thickness but is not as durable.
Cons: Tends to burn and melt more readily than nylon. Polyester will not bounce back as readily as nylon will from being crushed.
Best Uses: Pick polyester for children’s rooms, play areas, bedrooms and other rooms where there is low to moderate foot traffic. Though reasonably durable, polyester’s tendency to flatten does not make it a good option for hallways or other high traffic areas.
Excellent stain resistance: Smartstrand carpet’s stain resistance is developed within the fiber, not a coating. Mohawk proudly proclaims on their website, “engineered-in stain resistance reaches new levels of protection, allowing tough stains such as mustard, red wine, and cherry Kool-Aid® to be removed simply with warm water and a mild detergent.”
When properly treated, all of the other fibers provide pretty good stain resistance but Smartstrand seems to be the winner in this department.
Environmentally friendly: Sorona is made of 37% renewable materials. What are “renewable materials”? It typically refers to a plant because they can be re-grown. In this case of Sorona, corn sugar is the renewable component.
Smartstrand is the first fiber to give nylon a run for its money in this department, but nylon gets the edge because it is proven over many decades, and there are some conflicting opinions on Smartstrand.
As long as you make sure to get a well-constructed Smartstrand, its durability shouldn’t be an issue. If you skimp on the construction, it may wear faster than a comparable nylon.
Is Smartstrand carpet toxic? Toxicity is a hot topic with flooring. And rightfully so as more and more people are taking a proactive approach to their health.
The Smartstrand carpet gets good grades from me in the toxicity category. The reason is Smartstrand is naturally stain resistant, so it doesn’t need potentially harmful stain protectants. It also gets the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus certification, which is a well-respected certification for floors that have low VOCs.