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There are many different types of flooring to consider for any commercial setting. If you keep turning to carpeting for one reason or another, perhaps it is the right fit for your setting. There’s definitely no substitution for sound absorption, overall comfort, and warmth. If you’d like to have carpeting installed into your building, there are many different considerations to go over. There are different fibers, designs, colors, and padding materials. It can be hard to make decisions with so many options on the market. Here are a few things to go over:
You might not think the padding under the carpet is important and you can save money by getting something skimpy, but that could be a mistake. The padding is the foundation of the carpet and it gets its support and strength from it. You can’t see the padding so it doesn’t seem important, but the wear and tear on the carpet can really show fast if you don’t have good padding. Consider quality padding to get the most from the carpeting. In the commercial setting, many times, carpet is glued directly to a concrete subfloor without the use of any padding.
Carpet isn’t just carpet. There’s plush, berber, textured, frieze, and many other styles. The terms apply to the pile or the surface you see on the carpeting, which is created from yarn tufts that are either folded or looped, one fiber woven into the backing (BCF) or cut straight across (stapled). Each style has a distinctive look, but you will also have to consider how the rooms will be used. While plush carpeting is soft and thick, it also shows footprints and wears easier (from constant friction). If you have high traffic in your building, berber might be better since it is durable (depending on the fiber) and doesn’t show tracks or wear for longer periods of time (again, depending on the fiber) and is easier to maintain.
Base foundation of fiber is equally as important as style. Polyesters, made from recycled plastic pop bottles, are great for staining, since you are basically throwing mud at a milk bottle – plastic does not absorb things spilled on it! Put the towel down and blot it up! However, with constant traffic, it may flatten out and not regain its shape. Nylon is generally considered more resilient as far as structure (treated with a variety of stain resistant additives either topical or within the fiber itself). There are also fibers manufactured specifically for commercial use.
Every project will have a budget to go along with it. Carpeting doesn’t necessarily have to cost a lot of money to fit that need. Consider the materials’ cost along with the installation cost so you can compare the full prices easily with various sources. Consider quality carpeting to keep the costs lower over time so you don’t have to replace it as often.
You can buy carpeting from a variety of places, but flooring companies are the best outlets for carpeting. They often have more choices, expert installers, and reputable warranties. At DUNCAN Flooring Specialist we have over 100 combined years of experience and will do our best to guide you to an appropriate choice.
Carpeting may look great when it first goes in, but you will need to maintain it to continue that appearance and have your warranties remain in effect. Make sure you understand the maintenance requirements before you make the initial purchase. You don’t want to get into something that takes more time and effort than you are willing or able to put into it.
DUNCAN Flooring Specialist is here to help you with your flooring needs, whether you decide to go with carpet, ceramic tile, hardwood, or another flooring surface. We’ll help you assess your needs and find a good fit in both style, functionality and budget.