So you’ve narrowed your flooring options down to carpet; congratulations! Your next task is to decide on which fabric is best suited to your particular space. With a variety of different materials to choose from, it can be daunting trying to decipher between polyester and triextra, wool or solution dyed nylon, not to mention selecting the right style of pile!
But worry not dear reader, MeasureUp Flooring is here to help you understand the various carpet options available to you, making your choice simple and easy. Take a look at our range of carpet materials below to discover the perfect match for you.
Polypropylene and Polyester Carpet
For ultimate value for money, these two are the carpet choices for you. Super soft with a high-lustre appearance, these carpets are stain resistant and extremely pocket-friendly. Best suited for low-traffic areas such as bedrooms and offices, this material looks fabulous - just be sure not to install it in any highly populated areas as the fabric can track and wear away with too much foot traffic.
Solution Dyed Nylon Carpet
If you’re looking for a high-performing carpet then this is the one for you. Solution dyed nylon carpets are highly durable withstanding heavy foot traffic, repelling stains and maintaining colour in the sun. North-facing rooms get a beating from our powerful New Zealand sun, and most carpets fade under the bright light, but this heavy-duty flooring keeps its colour thanks to the depth of the dyed fibre.
This environmentally friendly choice of carpet has it all! Exceptionally soft and stunning, this product has superior hydrophobic stain protection built into each and every fibre. Made from corn sugar, this carpet is designed to be the ultimate sustainable carpet, able to stand the challenges of any lifestyle.
Wool carpet is 100% natural, sustainable and renewable. This natural product regulates temperature and humidity making it warm in winter and cool in summer. Wool carpet is also fantastic for anyone suffering from allergies as the fibres filter and absorb the toxins which can typically cause irritation.
Now that you’ve got a clearer idea of the type of carpet to cater to your needs, let’s talk piles! There are three types of piles to choose from; Cut Plies, Loop Piles and Cut & Loop Piles.
This kind of pile is fabulously luxurious underfoot and is excellent for cat owners as the cut pile is highly resilient to clawing and scratching! Depending on the fibre, however, some cut pile carpets can track quite significantly, showing every footprint, vacuum mark and chair movement. If you don’t mind having a tell-tale carpet and are happy to live with the shading of your floor then you will enjoy the pleasure of a truly plush carpet experience.
Offering a multitude of fashionable designs and textures, the loop pile enables you to create anything from the minimalist look to a striking and individual flooring concept. This style of carpet doesn’t track like the cut pile, however, if installed in high-traffic areas such as in a hallway, then you can expect to see shading appear over time. Furthermore, the loop pile is not recommended if you have pets that have a tendency to claw and scratch as this can damage the carpet significantly.
Cut & Loop Piles
Combining both types of pile, manufacturers are able to create beautiful designs from abstract to geometric patterns that generate a distinctive and unique style. Many different patterns can be achieved in a wide range of styles from shapes to patterns to carefully sculptured images.
So there you have it! Have you decided on your pile now? Great! Last but not least, let’s talk about colour. The choice of colour for your carpet can really make or break a room, so it is essential that you take your time and get a few samples to take home (or to the space you are re-flooring) to see what they look like in context as the appearance of colour can falter in different environments. Consider what your carpet will look like in the daylight as well as under artificial light before making up your mind. Also, bear in mind that darker colours will give the illusion of a smaller room whereas lighter colours will create a feeling of expansion. Not only this, but your carpet is likely to fade - especially under the harsh scrutiny of our New Zealand sun - so make sure you discuss your options fully with a dependable, knowledgeable, qualified flooring specialist to ensure you purchase the perfect carpet for your flooring venture!
The grotesque image of vinyl flooring in my grandparents' home when I was growing-up has always stayed with me; that cheap and tacky wipe-clean, asbestos harboring, sticky texture under your bare feet. Remember that? Well, those days are gone!
That’s right, vinyl has come a long way over the years in terms of quality and aesthetics and is becoming the number 1 choice for both homeowners and businesses alike.
Even though carpet remains the overall cheapest option for flooring, vinyl is growing more in popularity thanks to its durability, low-maintenance, and stylish design. The manufacturers of vinyl flooring keep coming up with new ideas and patterns, which now makes it easier than ever to get that real wood-look flooring without the hassle of real wood timber.
Vinyl now mimics both wood and stone textures almost to perfection, as well as offering a variety of funky patterns and marvelous mosaics to choose from. Whether you are seeking that traditional cosy-home look or modern eye-popping commercial focal point, you’re sure to find a vinyl sample to tick all your boxes.
Not only does vinyl flooring now talk-the-talk, but it also walks-the-walk too. For high-traffic areas and places where you’re prone to get spills and moisture – rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms, toilets or laundry rooms – then vinyl is perfect as it can handle almost anything you can throw on it!
With no fibres to consider, there are no pesky wine stain dilemmas to deal with or soaked in pet urine to scrub out - accidents on vinyl are easily wiped or mopped away quickly and efficiently with no strenuous drying methods needed! And for those of us with four-legged friends, gone are the days of fighting with ground in dirt, mud, and pet fur; simply sweep away any unwanted hair, fluff, dust or dropped food; hooray!
If you happen to scratch, rip or tear your new vinyl, then it’s merely a matter of replacing that particular section. This is abundantly cheaper than replacing a carpet or trying to match a new plank of wood, stone slab or tile. This also makes vinyl the ideal flooring for landlords as it is highly cost-effective as well as hard wearing, meaning that this type of flooring can last a multitude of tenants whilst also being easy to maintain.
Further to the success of vinyl flooring is that it has now become a favourite amongst commercial and industrial properties. The functionality and longevity of this dependable product isn’t the only reason why high-street shops, supermarkets, rest-homes, hospitals, airports, schools, offices, gyms (and more!) are opting for vinyl. Vinyl flooring now comes in a catalogue of colours, looks, and styles that range from classic designs to contemporary eccentric fashions all of which create a jaw-dropping wow factor to any space.
So, what’s not to love about vinyl flooring?
If you’re interested in installing vinyl flooring to your home or business then come and speak to a flooring specialist today to find out about the best brands at affordable prices!
No matter your flooring preference, here at MeasureUp Flooring we promise to give you honest, reliable advice and work with you from the measure and quote stage, all the way through to the finished installation, ensuring that you are 100% satisfied with the end product.
Choosing the perfect flooring for your home isn’t just about finding a visually pleasing product. Flooring comes in all kinds of different materials which each have their own pros and cons from cost to comfort, water-resilience to durability and more.
For a quick and easy guide to finding the perfect flooring for your home, follow these 5 simple steps to find the flooring that is right for you.
1. Is your flooring going to be installed in a high-moisture location, such as a bathroom, laundry room or basement?
If you answered no, and moisture is not a restricting factor in your chosen room then your options are fully open!
If you answered yes, then you require a flooring solution that is highly water-resistant and resilient to medium or high moisture such as concrete, ceramic or stone tiles, linoleum or vinyl. Some of the more expensive, upmarket laminate flooring may be suitable for wet areas, although personally, we would recommend vinyl.
Vinyl holds up well in wet spaces, and although it is not 100% waterproof, it is highly durable and can last for many years with little maintenance. It is not only soft underfoot, but it's much quieter than many other hard floor surfaces. Vinyl has come a long way since its origins, and today you can choose from a plethora of designs that range from natural wood looks to funky patterns and everything in between to suit your individual taste.
2. Do you have children, animals or a lot of foot traffic through your home or selected room?
If you answered yes, then you will need a durable flooring - unless you are prepared to replace your flooring in the short-term. Tough, wear-resilient flooring such as plank vinyl flooring, laminate flooring, cork or ceramics are highly dependable flooring options that are easy to sweep, wipe clean of spills and accidents, and can withstand a high volume of foot traffic. Nonetheless, no floor is indestructible and there is always the possibility of scratches, tears, and dents occurring if you’re not careful. Carpet can be another option as it is easy to vacuum any mess and provides comfort for you, your children and your fur babies. However, it is difficult to clean up spilled drinks, dropped food, animal urine, remove stains and can sometimes track when withstanding a lot of traffic.
Doesn’t everyone want stable, long-lasting flooring though? Yes and no, let’s take a lot at number 3.
3. Are you planning on staying in your home short-term?
Flooring is an investment and if you’re planning on staying in your home for the long-run then we highly recommend an up-market, luxury brand of flooring which will withstand all that life has to throw on it! However, if you are thinking of relocating in the not too distant future, have young children or young pets, or are installing flooring for a rental property, then a cheaper, easy to replace kind of flooring might be best for you.
Polypropylene is the cheapest carpet option which is often used in rentals as it’s easy to clean and does the job, but it can track easily from people coming and going. Nylon is also affordable, though slightly more expensive, though many owners of nylon carpet insist on its reliability. Other affordable materials on the market include cork, tile, vinyl, laminate, and linoleum. You can find bargain flooring which is not only inexpensive but is also low maintenance, durable, maintainable, attractive looking, easy to install and safe if you speak to a reputable flooring company.
4. Are you staying in your home for the long-run?
If so, then be prepared to spend a decent amount of money - after all, you get what you pay for! The more premium the flooring, the more luxurious, long-lasting, high-quality product you will own. Increasing your price range opens up possibilities to the most superior products on the market which are sure to last you a lifetime and truly prove to be an invaluable investment. But of course, not everyone has thousands of dollars in the bank to splash out on exceptional flooring. With the help of an experienced flooring expert, you can find your ideal flooring option at a price that suits you.
5. Do you require your flooring to be low maintenance?
If you do, then vinyl is your best bet as it’s easy to clean and doesn’t require any specific special care. Dark coloured carpets can also be low maintenance, depending on your particular choice of material. Synthetic or wool carpet are both comparatively more stain resistant than other carpets and hence easier to maintain. Laminate flooring is another option, however, it does require certain distinctive cleaning methods, so make sure you do your research first!
If beautiful flooring is more your cup of tea and you don’t mind putting in the hard work, solid hardwood may be the flooring for you. But be warned; high-heels, clawed paws and well-populated areas are high-risk to this stunning choice of wood flooring and you may find that your spectacular centrepiece has to be covered by rugs most of the time to prevent damage.
Whatever flooring you decide on for your home, it is essential that you install it correctly. Whilst it is possible to DIY-it yourself, and it is substantially cheaper, the ultimate finish can be tarnished if not fitted correctly. Choosing a reliable and recognized floor installer is paramount in getting that final, fantastic floor finish look you’ve always dreamed of.
Here at MeasureUp Flooring, our installers are specialised in carpet, vinyl, laminate, and cork flooring fitting and take pride in their work. We are a locally owned and run flooring and installation business in Kamo, serving both domestic and commercial customers not just here in Whangarei but across wider Northland. We are committed to providing an affordable, quick, easy, professional service which guarantees satisfaction. For more information or a free quote to find the perfect flooring for your home, contact us now!