Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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There are two primary reasons. The first, is that the padding, not the carpet determines how your carpet will feel. The second reason for selecting a premium padding is that it protects your investment by keeping your carpet looking new longer.
Quality of the padding.
Over time padding will breakdown. The result from this will show wear spots on the carpet. A quality padding absorbs the pounding of foot traffic preventing premature matting and crushing. Your carpet will feel better, look better and last longer.
Some other important information to keep in mind is some people may prioritize the thickness of the padding. Thickness is essential for comfort. However, keep in mind that for warranty purposes on your carpet, a carpet manufacturer will not guarantee anything over a ½ inch thick pad.
90% of the time the answer is no. Padding is too important & too economical to not change. Most of the time the old padding is not worn out, but if it has stains or soil in the old pad, it can come up into the new carpet. Sometimes the old padding may have a little indention in the pathways & this to can transfer though the new carpet.
Engineered hardwood flooring has a hardwood surface up to 3/16″ thick whereas laminate flooring is comprised of a thin top layer of resin-infused paper, all on top of a wood-chip composite. Both have their distinct advantages. Please refer to the Engineered Wood Flooring page and the Laminate versus Hardwood page for more information.
There are now carpet lines that offer incredible stain protection. Better than ever before. Stainmaster has a solution dyed nylon, Dupont has the Sorona, & there are many now that will give you ultimate protection. We use to recommend a less grade with the philosophy of changing it out more often. Now stain is not so much the problem.
We work with the very best installation crews & we will guarantee that the seams will be constructed to 100% of the industry standards. This means that the seam will be constructed tightly together, without gaping or overlapping, heated at the correct temp. with a quality seam tape. Lighting, placement, & the type of carpet plays a lot into the visibility of the seams. We try to go over what to expect, especially when we forecast a difficult layout & product selection.
We start with a quality padding that the manufacturer recommends. The upgrades are good. They will have some extra features to them that the standard 6lb padding does not have. Like Spillguard, built in stainremovers, healthy home features, higher density materials, and much more.
Porcelain tile has a denser hard core and it is less porous. Ceramic tile is a clay body tile that is easier to cut when installing and normally does the job with no problem. A few down sides to the ceramic tile would be that if something was dropped on it, the ceramic tile has a greater chance of chipping.
The clay body ceramic tiles are sometimes not compacted as well and may have air pockets in the tile. This down side can be a rare occurrence. Also the ceramic tiles are not as ideal for outside use in areas that has climate that drop below freezing. Some people in the Wilmington, N.C. area find the ceramic tile that they love and chance it. Wilmington N.C. is normally a fairly mild area for coldness; but if you decide to put a ceramic tile outside here, make sure it has a dense body. The best thing to do is put the porcelain tile outside to insure no cracking. Porcelain tile will not absorb water like ceramic tile.
There are user friendly epoxy grouts as well as upgrade grouts available.