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Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing a new carpet or vinyl flooring shouldn’t need to be complicated. Below are a number of the questions that out customers often ask us when enquiring about a new carpet of vinyl flooring.

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Carpet FAQs

Polypropylene is one of the most common carpet materials as it’s an extremely durable fibre, stain resistant and less prone to mould and mildew, making it an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas as well as easy to clean and maintain.

Wool Carpet can handle heavy traffic and keep its original appearance for many years if it’s well maintained. It is very resilient and has strong bounce-back qualities although it is not quite resilient as polypropylene. Wool fibres also have tiny microscopic scales which help prevent the carpet from soiling and disperse light.

The average cost will be £10 -£20 per square metre, a premium-grade carpet with a deep plush and quality material is likely to cost £25-£30 per square metre. When you’re budgeting it’s also important to remember that underlay can be a surprising and often a forgotten cost.

Lighter neutral colours are great for creating a minimalist décor and can make the appearance of a small space seem larger. Darker carpets can make large rooms feel cosier and are generally better for high traffic areas hiding dirt and footfall.

The experts say select a carpet that is 2 shades lighter or darker than the walls for optimal visual interest. But we think this is really a personal choice to customers own preference and colour scheme they have in mind.

The quality of the carpet is determined by the thickness of the fibres and how tightly they are packed. The thicker and heavier they are, the better quality of the carpet.

There are many factors to what makes a carpet high quality such as thickness and tightness of the pile, durability of the fibres and the general feel of the carpet samples.

Velvet Piles is arguably the most luxurious looking carpet, it has a smooth and almost suede like appearance. But a deep soft pile saxony is a more popular alternative.

The longest lasting carpet comes in a frieze or berber style, one of the main reason’s for this is the loop pile construction is locked over keeping the pile short and tight. Most materials will hold up for 5 – 10 years.

Polypropylene carpet is the most hard wearing carpet, it’s soft to touch but stain resistant and incredibly hard wearing, polypropylene carpets offer excellent value for money and are ideal for any room in the home.

Living Room carpet | RJS Carpets Birmingham

Vinyl FAQs

When you’re shopping for new floors consider your budget, functionality, subfloor and design preferences. Vinyl stands up best against excess moisture and spills, and it can be less expensive than laminate. However laminate gives a more realistic wood effect to enhance the design aesthetic in your home.

In our opinion we think it’s down to personal choice, there are so many vinyl flooring ranges available, it would be hard to choose one range or product.

The Pros to a vinyl flooring are low maintenance, water resistant, slip resistant, cost effective, long lasting, comfortable feel underfoot, warm underfoot on cold days and straight forward installation.

The Cons are surface vulnerability, subfloor issues and corrosive or staining spills need to be cleaned promptly.

The average cost of vinyl flooring is around £10-£25 per square metre.

Underlay is not required for vinyl flooring, however it’s imperative that your subfloor is in perfect condition for the installation. This ensures that you get the best look for your vinyl flooring with a smooth finish.

Surface Vulnerability – The spongy soft feel of vinyl can also make the material more susceptible to cuts and gouges from sharp object like Heavy knifes. Obviously, this is a concern mostly in the kitchen area.

Sub Floor Issues – it’s a good news/ bad news situation. The good news is vinyl flooring can be installed over an intact clean subfloor without modifications. The bad news is, if the subfloor is less than optimal then repairs or improvements will be required to install the vinyl flooring.

Colours can fade – although this sounds bad, it’s not as bad as you think, the colours my fade on the vinyl due to exposure to too much direct sunlight. Which is why we do not recommend for outdoor use or rooms that have direct sunlight on them all the time.

Vinyl floor has more depth and texture now than it did a generation ago, so it can look like hardwood, stone and tiles, and it comes in a variety of designs and colours.

Vinyl floors can scratch. As flooring options go, vinyl floors are durable and don’t require much maintenance to maintain. They are waterproof, with strong surfaces. Still like any floor, they are susceptible to damage.

Vinyl flooring | RJS Carpets Birmingham

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