The Pros and Cons of Carpeting on Stairways

The Pros and Cons of Carpeting on Stairways

Choosing Carpeting for StairsCarpet on the stairs is a common feature in many homes. It stacks up well against the wood alternative, and provides a level of comfort only carpet can offer. However, carpeting on the stairs, like carpeting in other places, has its advantages and disadvantages. These pros and cons include factors such as, carpet cleaning, the price of the carpeting, stair safety and adhesive methods.

Pros of Carpeted Stairs

Not everyone likes carpeting on the stairs, and most of the time, the decision to place carpet over wood is based on personal preference and style. But, there are times when the decision may be based on the many benefits of stair carpeting, which include, style and comfort, noise reduction and safety.

  • Style and Comfort: Carpet adds a touch of warmth to a home that makes it cozier and more inviting. The colour can be chosen to match or complement your home’s décor, such as the furniture, other flooring, curtains and other accents or the walls.
  • Noise Reduction: Wood stairs typically creak under the pressure of feet, but carpet can remedy the problem of noisy stairs. This is especially needed if you have a house full of kids who may run up and down those stairs all day long and make a lot of noise.
  • Safety: Wood is slippery, and wood on the stairs can be dangerous in a home with children and the elderly. For this reason, carpet is the better choice, as it will greatly reduce the chance of a slip and fall that could cause serious injuries. Carpeting provides a softer landing, no chance of slipping on spilled liquids, less slipping and less injuries.

 Cons of Carpeted Stairs

Carpet on the stairs has its advantages, but it doesn’t work for everyone and every home. There are some issues with carpeting that can make it less attractive for some, such as its cost and installation, the damage it causes to the wood underneath and the difficulty of keeping it clean.

  • Installation and Cost: The better the carpet’s quality, the more expensive it will be, and you’ll want to have the best carpeting you can afford installed on your stairs. You may have to pay more to ensure that you get the safest, most durable carpeting. Installation can be expensive and complicated, as well.
  • Damage to the Wood of the Original Stairs: Carpet is installed using adhesive glue, industrial staplers or wires. Any of these things can cause permanent damage to the wood below. If the carpeting is ever removed, the stairs below will definitely have to be refinished, which is another major expense.
  • Hard to Keep Clean: Carpet is not the easiest flooring type to keep clean, especially in high traffic areas. There aren’t many areas more high traffic than the stairs. This means that you’ll be doing a lot of vacuuming, spot removal and deep cleaning. Wood stairs simply require occasional sweeping and mopping, which is way less maintenance than what is needed to keep carpeted stairs looking nice and clean.

If you’ve got questions about carpeting stairs, or you’re looking to redo the flooring on your stairs, get in touch with us.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Carpet

Choosing carpetCarpet continues to be a popular choice for flooring, around the world – and for good reason! When buying carpet, you will have many options to choose from and even more features to consider. Buying the wrong type of carpeting for your style or comfort needs can be a costly mistake, so it’s important to know how to look for carpeting that will suit your needs perfectly.

How Long Will it Last?

Durable carpets have good densities, nice construction, and are made of high quality fibres. Generally, you will want to buy heavy duty carpeting for high traffic areas in your home, such as entryways, living rooms, hallways, and playrooms. A durable carpet will also be stain-resistant or easy to clean, so you should look for this as well.

What Type of Pile Does it Have?

The type of carpet pile you choose will depend on your personal style and the amount of traffic in your space. There are three options available: Cut, Loop, or Combination.

Cut Pile: The loops are cut at the top of cut pile carpets. This means the tufts of yarn in the carpet will stick straight up. Cut piles are more formal and luxurious than loop piles. However, vacuum tracks and footprints are always visible in these carpets, which can sometimes (and only temporarily) make them look discolored.

Loop Pile: In loop pile carpets, each strand of yarn is pulled twice through the backing to create a loop. This type of carpeting is easier to clean than cut pile, doesn’t show footprints and vacuum tracks, and the short loops makes it perfect for high traffic rooms.

Combination Pile: Loop and cut yarns can be combined to create carpeting that looks like swirls or squares. This effect is unique, stylish, and great at hiding footprints, vacuum tracks, and dirt. These types of carpets are also great for high traffic areas while providing a touch of elegance.

What Colour to Choose?

The colour of the carpeting you choose goes beyond personal style or just making a statement. Depending on the shade, the colour of your carpeting can offer some advantages and disadvantages. Dark shades hide stains well, but they may be less attractive than lighter options and show lint. Speckled or multicolored carpets hide stains and lint, but may be unattractive and appear dirty. Light shades can be quite attractive and make small rooms appear larger, but they’re easily stained and harder to clean than other shades.

How Dense is the Carpet?

The density of the carpet is the amount of yarn in the carpet and how close its tufts are to one another. Dense carpets are considered better than others because of their durability. You can check for density by bending the sample into a U shape with the tufts facing out. You’ll be able to tell how dense the carpet is by how much of the backing you see when you do this. Denser carpeting will show less of the backing.

What Type of Underlay Does it Have?

Underlays are good accessories to have because they help carpets last longer, cover minor holes and bumps in the floor underneath, absorb sound, and provide insulation. They vary in quality, but should be both firm and comfortable. This means that you shouldn’t be able to feel the floor underneath your shoes when you stand on the underlay. You can test this out before buying by simply stepping on it. You’ll also have to decide whether a rubber or foam underlay is best for you.

How Good Are the Samples?

Samples are actually an integral part of carpet buying. They’re the most effective way of ensuring you’ll get the flooring you want and need. You’ll get to take the sample home to test how well it fits into your space and décor.

How Does Installation Work?

Carpet installation is usually cheaper when it’s installed by the same people you purchased it from. There are some things to keep in mind, however, like asking for a fully itemized quote that includes everything from the price of the underlay to the price for moving furniture during the installation. This will ensure you don’t end up paying for additional services.

If you have questions about carpet or are ready to update the floors in your home or office with quality new carpeting, give us a call!

4 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Blinds

Choosing blindsCurtains, drapes, blinds, and other window treatments play a big role in the functional side of a room, and believe it or not, window treatments have the ability to make or break a room’s overall appearance. This is especially true if those window treatments are blinds.

In the past, blinds were often plain, unattractive, and only available in a few styles and drab colours. Today, however, much of this has changed. Blinds not only look good, but they’re often reasonably priced and quality blinds function exceptionally well. If you’re considering blinds, make sure you know how to choose the right ones for your home. Check out the tips from our Saskatoon blinds experts, below.

Do They Make a Statement?

Blinds can make a subtle or dynamic statement in a room. They can add drama with bright colours or create an atmosphere of modern sophistication with clean lines. The blinds you choose can either complement your room perfectly while making your windows an attractive focal point or they can stick out as an odd addition to the décor. You just have to know how you want them to complement your décor before making a final decision. Pleated, aluminum, or cellular/honeycomb shades or blinds are all known for being simple yet bold, and visually interesting.

Do They Enhance Insulation?

The right blinds can actually improve a home’s insulation and help decrease energy costs. Unbelievably, 25% of energy loss can be attributed to poorly insulated windows with poor window treatments. Aluminum or wood blinds are excellent at preventing hot or cold air from escaping or entering a room and add a certain warmth to the atmosphere. However, the cloth of cellular, solar, and Roman shades is the perfect material for additional insulation – and they’re stunning.

Do They Control the Light?

Too much sunlight through a window can quickly heat up a room, cause fading in carpeting and furniture, and even television glare. This can be damaging and frustrating, especially if your window treatments aren’t doing a good job of controlling the light. Blackout or light filtering blinds are good for controlling the light in a room.

Kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms are best served by light filtering blinds while blackouts would be best used in bedrooms. Solar blinds filter light while protecting you from harmful UV rays. They’re also easy to operate, as they roll up with rollers instead of ropes. Vertical and pleated blinds are also viable light filtering options. Beautiful blackout options are Roman and cellular shades or aluminum blinds.

Do They Function Well?

Traditional mini, pleated, cellular, Roman, solar, sheer, and aluminum blinds all roll up to allow a clear view of the outside world and allow more light into a room. However, vertical and wood blinds don’t roll up and only allow a limited amount of light into the room when opened. Additionally, most blinds operate on a rope system, which can be confusing and frustrating. On the other hand, other types, like solar/rollers and exterior blinds operate on rollers, which are much easier to use than the traditional rope pulling system.

The blinds you choose should be the perfect match for the style and functional needs of your home or business. Not sure which blinds are best? Stop into our location and speak to the Saskatoon blinds experts on the Braid Flooring and Window Fashions team. Speak to one of our design consultants to find the perfect solutions for your window treatment needs.

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Wood Flooring

Different types of hardwood flooringWhile wood is one of the most popular and attractive types of flooring, people often don’t know what they should be looking for in a hardwood floor, or what exactly makes one type different, better, or worse than another.

Learn about the pros and cons of some of the most common types of wood flooring.

Walnut

Walnut is a beautiful choice for hardwood flooring. It’s straight-grained and the colours range from yellow to chocolate brown. Part of the beauty with walnut is the colour variation found from board to board, however, you can stain the wood to create a more consistent look..

One downside to walnut is it is a softer wood making it prone to dents and scratches. However like all hardwood, this enhances the beauty and character over time.

Cherry

Cherry wood is known for its blond to reddish-brown colouring. It’s commonly used for chairs, cabinets, and tables, but it looks great as a hardwood floor, as well. A major pro for cherry is that it looks amazing when stained, although it still looks rich and beautiful when left unstained.. The downside of cherry is that it is a softer wood and will dent and scratch quicker,

Oak

Oak is one of the most popular types of hardwood flooring. It comes in two varieties: red and white oak. Red oak ranges from light brown to pinkish hues, and comes in water-like or swirling patterns. On the other hand, white oak has a tiger-stripe grain with yellow spots and rays.

Oak is one of the most durable hardwoods. A clear-coat of urethane will highlight the distinctive grain of the wood. It’s also one of the most attractive and notable wood flooring options.

Depending on how you look at it, a con for oak is that it’s almost too popular, meaning it can be found in many homes. This means that if a homeowner is looking for wood flooring that stands out, oak may not be the unique look they’re after. For some people, another con is that staining oak can cause the wood to darken, which exaggerates the grain and makes it look two-toned. Those considering this hardwood should ask a Saskatoon flooring expert about the different options that are available for staining.

Maple

Maple is another popular wood flooring option. This is because of its hardness and durability. The flooring can look beautiful for many years with not many or any scratches, stains, or dents. It’s also one of the most affordable wood types.

The creamy white wood can also be stained to look like more expensive hardwood, such as mahogany or cherry. However, a major downside to maple is that the stain can look uneven or blotchy.

If you have questions about hardwood flooring, give us a call. We are Saskatoon flooring experts and we sell and install a wide range of beautiful wood flooring for homes and businesses throughout the area.

Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring

hardwood flooring pros and consHardwood is one of the most popular choices for flooring. It’s durable, virtually stain proof, easy to clean, aesthetically pleasing, and comes in a wide variety of colours, wood types, and styles. But, like all types of flooring, hardwood has its disadvantages, too. If you’re considering hardwood for your home or business, take a look at the list of pros and cons below to ensure you’re 100% satisfied with your decision.

Pros

It’s easy to maintain

One of the greatest benefits of hardwood flooring is that it’s easy to clean and maintain. Spills and dirt on carpets can be difficult to remove or even permanent stains, but on hardwood they can simply be swept, mopped, or wiped away. Hardwood can also be vacuumed, swept, or mopped many times without being damaged or losing any of its luster. To keep the floor looking shiny and new, however, you should clean it with a specialized hardwood floor cleaner on a regular basis.

Wood floors are durable

Hardwood is one of the most resilient flooring types around. With care and maintenance, it can last for many years. It can also be sanded and refinished many times, so even a floor with lots of scratches can be restored to look like new.

Hardwood is attractive

Most people find hardwood attractive. It creates a warm atmosphere and the neutral colours work well with any décor. This means you won’t be limited in your furniture and design choices.

Cons

Moisture and humidity can ruin a hardwood floor

The greatest disadvantage to having hardwood is that it’s vulnerable to humidity and moisture. Wood will deteriorate in the presence of even the smallest amount of moisture. This means leaks can destroy a hardwood floor by penetrating the subfloor and floor boards. Spills or moisture of any kind should be wiped up as quickly as possible.

It may scratch easily

Wood floors that are finished with shellac can be susceptible to scratching. Furniture, pets, sharp objects, and high-heeled shoes are all examples of items that can scratch or dent hardwood.

Hardwood can be more expensive than other types of flooring

For some people, the price is the only downside of hardwood flooring. You have to pay for all of the materials, as well as hire a professional Saskatoon flooring company if you want it installed correctly.

But, while hardwood can cost more up-front, they are a long-lasting and beautiful flooring solution. If you’re ready to discover how hardwood can add style and value to your home or business, give us a call.

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