Tips

 

Shopping for a new floor can be confusing, and frustrating if you are not prepared. To help you shop for flooring we have developed a shopper's list. Before visiting Redmond Carpet & Interiors, print out this page.

Before making a trip to Redmond Carpet:

 
  • Draw a simple outline of the room(s) and where the room entrances are located.
  • Carefully measure the room(s) you want to cover with new flooring. Use a metal measuring tape and write down both the width and length of the room(s). Be sure to include closets and any other areas that will need flooring.
  • Make a note of what are the adjoining rooms and what flooring is currently in those areas.
  • Make a note about how much natural sunlight enters the room, which direction the room faces, and any sliding patio doors.
  • If possible, make a note of what is under the existing flooring? (Sometimes if you have an forced-air heating system with in-floor heating ducts you can pull up the heat vent cover and look inside to get an idea as to what is really underneath your existing flooring.)
  • Whenever possible take along any furniture, wallpaper, and drapery fabrics from the room(s).
  • Decide what you want done with existing baseboard and moldings.
  • Think about answers to these questions to help you select the right floor for your needs:
  • How much traffic does this room get each day?
  • What is the room used for?
  • How many children and pets do you have?
  • Do you have a certain color in mind?
  • What are your personal expectations for the flooring? How long do you want it to last?
  • Be sure to ask if the price quoted includes:
  • all sub floor preparation
  • all installation costs
  • removal of existing flooring, if needed
  • moving of all furniture and appliances
  • all necessary materials for installing your new floor.
  • Ask about the installers:
  • Are they independent mechanics, or do they work for the store?
  • Ask if all the installation materials are the manufacturer's recommended products, so the warranty will not be voided.
  • Be sure to get all quotes in writing, including amount of flooring needed, and a rough diagram of how they will install the flooring and where all seams will fall.
  • Be sure to understand who is responsible for removing toilets, portable dishwashers, and any other fixed room fixture.
  • Always get all product information in writing including the manufacturer's name, product name, style, color, and how the product will be installed.
  • Choosing the right floor...

    The flooring guide is meant to help you better understand your floor covering options, as well as give you a general review for each of the commonly used flooring product groups. Since most people don't buy flooring very often it can be difficult to understand the differences between the various flooring product groups, as well as between brands. Here at Redmond Carpet & Interiors, our knowledgeable staff will help you find the quality you need and the service you deserve.

    Warmth and comfort under foot

    There is no doubt that carpet offers homeowners more warmth, softness and is much quieter than any other floor covering. Today's carpet styles, colors and textures blend well with any room decor as well with a variety of other flooring products. From casual to formal you can always find a carpet style that will enrich any interior setting and your lifestyle. There are carpets for all areas of the home including active areas where fashion and function are both important in your selections.

    Carpet manufacturers today offer consumers a wider selection of patterns, textures and colors than ever before. Advancements in fiber technology and carpet construction are making carpets softer; more stain-resistant and helping carpets retain their like-new appearance far better than ever before. Berber carpets, patterned carpets and textured cut pile Saxony 's are among the most popular choices with homeowners today.

    Listed below are some of the advantages to using carpet in your home:

    • Carpet adds warmth and is soft under feet and easier on children's knees.
    • Carpet is much quieter than hard surfaces floors.
    • Carpet comes in a wide variety of color tones and hues.
    • Carpet is easy to decorate with and offers many solid color tones for rooms with patterned wall coverings.
    • Carpet can hide many sub floor irregularities that would not be permitted with hard surfaces floors.
    • Carpet can go over a variety of substrates and on all grade levels, even concrete slabs in basements.
    • Carpet is economical and the installation costs are much less than some of the hard surface products.


    Carpet Types of Construction

     

     Today's carpet manufacturers are combining softer fibers; better stain resistance with backings that block odors, spills and more! These types of features are built into the better quality carpets offered by the leading carpet manufacturers.

    Most carpet today is tufted, rather than woven. The tufting process is similar to using a large sewing machine that is about 13 feet wide with 100 of needles that sew the yarn into a synthetic backing. The majority of carpets sold today are made from nylon fibers twisted into yarns and then tufted into carpet.

    Carpet is basically constructed in two type of piles: loop pile or cut pile . Patterned carpet  is a combination of both loop and cut yarns or variations of loops set to different pile heights.

    How long a carpet will retain it's like new texture and appearance is based on the type of fiber, how tight the yarns are twisted and heat set, and the pile density. (Obviously, not cleaning your carpets regularly, or improper cleaning methods will effect the appearance as well.)  Also, how close tufts are to one another will affect the durability of the carpet. Below is a brief overview of the most common carpet construction types sold in flooring stores in the United States .

    SAXONY

    • Smooth, soft cut-pile surface, usually solid colors
    • Versatile in performance and in appearance
    • Works well with traditional or formal room settings
    • Also called Cut Pile Saxony

    CUT & UNCUT PATTERNED CARPET

    • Distinctive carved appearance, usually multi-color  
    • Cut and Loops give a variety of surface levels
    • Cut uncut patterns help hide foot traffic
    • Can really spice up a room
    • Fits a variety of room settings

    TEXTURED SAXONY

    • Textured surface helps hide footprints
    • Great casual appearance, low maintenance
    • Also called: Textured Cut Pile
    • Extremely popular carpet style
    • Ideal for active families, use in any room

    MULTI-LEVEL LOOP

    • Several different levels of loops, multi-colored  
    • Also called Patterned Loop
    • Creates many unique looking textures and patterns
    • Casual appearance, very durable, helps hides traffic patterns  
    • Great for family rooms, basements, etc.

    VELVETS

    • Fine, tip sheared surface
    • Elegant style, very formal
    • Not as popular as some of the other styles

    LEVEL LOOP

    • Loops are all the same height
    • Often called Indoor-Outdoor or Commercial Carpet
    • Casual appearance

    FRIEZE

    • Textured surface with knobby appearance
    • Extremely durable, and long wearing
    • Great for active rooms
    • Not as popular as some of the other styles
    Special Note About Berbers:  Berbers are really big loop piles made big bulky yarns that are either produced in a level loop, or multi-level loop carpet construction.