Discount Carpet Replacement and Buying Guide in Houston

houston-carpet-discountsTips on Buying Carpet in Houston

The cost of buying brand-new carpet and having it installed with padding can quickly reach into the thousands of dollars for a standard-sized space. So when you do get your carpet, you need to take lots of time to select the color, style and type that you can live with for at least the next 5 years, but hopefully much longer.

For High-traffic Areas
To carpet a high-traffic area, like your living room or foyer, get level-loop or Berber carpeting. Both of these carpet types are made to take a beating.

For the Bedroom
Your bed room is likely a place where you walk around barefoot, so purchase a deluxe carpet that you can sink your feet into. Cut-pile carpet fibers are straight instead of looped, and thick to create the smooth “plushness” of deluxe carpeting. Buy Saxony carpet for the best feel.

Don’t Buy Padding That Is Too Thick
You definitely require padding under the carpet to minimize noise (like creaking), keep your feet warm when walking over the carpet, and to maintain the life of the carpet. However, the Carpet and Rug Institute suggests that you get a pad that is no more than 7/16 inch thick.Continue reading

Flooring Guide – What To Know Before You Buy in Houston

Home Improvement Houston, TX

Make your old floors look like new with these three tricks

When Consumer Reports tests floors, it spends weeks scuffing, scratching, and dropping weights on wood, laminate and vinyl flooring and exposing samples to intense UV light. Not all floors stand up to such abuse. In your own home, some minor damage may enhance the rustic look of distressed or hand-scraped floors. But you’ll want to fix other flaws. Here are three tricks.

Mark it. A color-matched felt marker can hide small scratches in any floor. Some hardwood manufacturers offer color-blended filler for chips and grooves.

Sand it. Badly worn or damaged wood floors must be refinished. But you can do spot repairs of wear or damage with light buffing or sanding, followed by staining. Be especially careful with the thin veneers on engineered-wood floors.

Replace only what’s damaged. Heavy damage or a cracked stone tile typically requires chiseling out the damaged section and gluing in a new piece. But that’s still easier than removing an entire row of tiles or planks if you’ve floated the floor.

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