Tips for Choosing Residential Carpet

Residential Carpeting Options

Choosing the right carpet for your home can be quite the challenge.

Unfortunately, winter tends to leave behind a parting gift of snow stains and mud in our carpets. Replacing your current carpeting can seem nearly impossible, and some people will actually delay getting a new carpet because they have a hard time filtering through choices. When you know exactly what you need, however, it becomes much easier to find the right residential carpet.

Choosing a Durable Carpet

When you invest in a carpet for your home, you expect a certain level of durability. After all, this is your living space, and a carpet needs to accommodate the every day wear and tear of your lifestyle. What type of carpet you select will depend on your budget, but when shopping for durability, review the thickness, the fiber that the carpet is made from and the way the carpet was constructed.

Understand Carpet Fibers

The type of fiber is very important in finding the right fit for your home. A wool carpet is one of the best on the market, but it comes with a large price tag. For homes accommodating heavy-foot traffic, a nylon carpet is a great investment, but nylon can be susceptible to stains. Polyester carpet is more stain resistant, and is a nice alternative to nylon. For filling your exact needs, working with an experienced carpeting service is the best way to get exactly what you want.

Research Stain Resistance Carpets

Families with young children or pets know the need for carpets that provide exceptional stain resistance. Solution Dyed Polyester is very durable when it comes to stains, and also is bleach resistant and UV resistant. Even without pets or children, stains are inevitable, so it’s important to understand how a carpet works against spills and accidents. Carpets can also go through several stain treatments before they are sold, so you will want to know how your new carpet has been treated.

Carpet Styles

When purchasing a carpet, you are also making an investment in your home. If you plan on selling your home in the future, you will want to find neutral colors and styles. A poor decision on a carpet can turn off prospective homebuyers in a heartbeat. When selecting a carpet, plan how the carpet will work with the room space, the furniture in the room and the overall effect the carpet will have on a designated room. Also, plan out what type of carpet you want. Are you looking for something soft, or a stiffer option?

With the proper preparation and planning, you’ll easily be able to find the perfect carpet for your home.


Jim Boyd’s Flooring America, located in Timonium, MD, will provide you will all the best carpeting and other flooring options, even environment-friendly choices.  For all questions, call 410-667-0620 or click here to contact us.