There’s an old business saying: you have to spend money to make money. Well, when it comes to home flooring, sometimes you have to spend money to save money. If you pay more upfront for a higher quality product, you won’t waste money on costly refinishing or premature floor replacement.

The trick is to be smart about your flooring materials so you can be confident that your investment will pay off in the long term. Get the details right here with carpet and hardwood buying tips from the experts at Floor Coverings International of The Woodlands.

carpet flooring the woodlands txDurable Carpet by the Numbers

Carpet is an incredibly popular home flooring option, but for many homeowners, the appeal is short-lived. This is because lower quality carpets quickly show signs of wear, and all too soon, that formerly soft and beautiful carpet needs to be replaced. Good news: if you pay more for a higher-quality carpet that conforms to the following specs, your carpet will surely stand the test of time.

When it comes to carpet durability, density is going to be your number one factor. The density of a carpet is a function of how closely packed the individual strands are. Higher density carpets have more strands per square inch. For homeowners, a density of 3,600 or higher is ideal and will ensure a longer lifespan for your carpet.

Twist level is another important factor when considering carpet durability. The twist level of a carpet refers to the number of twists per one inch of each carpet strand. Low twist carpets will unravel much more easily and will look worn out quickly. Look for a carpet with a higher twist level of 5 or more. Remember, that’s 5 twists per inch of carpet strand, not simply per strand.

It’s also good to keep in mind that nylon carpeting is considered more durable than polyester and that buying a quality underlayment for your carpet will do a lot to extend the life of your product.

oak hardwood flooring the woodlands, txIncrease Resale Value with Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is not cheap, but it probably has the most cachet of any flooring material on the market, and for good reason! It never goes out of style, it wears well over time, and it truly lasts. Hardwood is also great because it will increase the resale value of your home. Simply put, homebuyers are looking for hardwood.

To maximize the value of your hardwood flooring, opt for a reliable species such as oak. This species might not be the most exotic, but it is truly one of the most durable hardwood options out there. On top of that, it has a subtle, rustic look that improves with age. Older oak floors have that coveted, lived-in look that so many homebuyers are after.

Another way to ensure long-lasting value for your hardwood flooring is to pick solid plank flooring instead of engineered-hardwood. At Floor Coverings International of The Woodlands we love engineered hardwood for the price-point, but the fact is, it can’t be refinished as many times as solid plank!

Your Quality Floors are Waiting

Contact the team at Floor Coverings International of The Woodlands today and book your free design consultation. With our mobile showroom, we bring the flooring samples right to your door. Our team proudly serves families in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Spring, Conroe, and Tomball!

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